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The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 10, 2008
Although pigment companies generally noted that 2007 was a relatively good year for the industry, there are also numerous concerns for the future, including raw material costs, the economy, the elimination of the VAT in China and environmental mandates. Read More »
The Flexo Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 10, 2008
For flexo ink manufacturers, 2007 was a good year, as packaging continues to show growth and the interest in the environment draws attention to water-based and UV flexo inks. Read More »
The European Ink Report
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published March 10, 2008
European ink manufacturers are bracing for a challenging year, although there are opportunities for growth in some regions and markets. Read More »
Published February 27, 2008
A set of CCN Process Sheetfed Inks developed by Ink Systems Inc., Los Angeles, CA, has been certified by Color Control Network for use with its ultra-high-density intense color offset printing process. “Ink Systems is notably one of the hig… Read More »
Published February 13, 2008
Evonik Industries’ Inorganic Materials Business Unit has announced a price increase for pigment blacks, effective for deliveries in Europe from Feb. 1, 2008.      Manufacturing costs of pigment blacks have been increasing cont… Read More »
The UV Inkjet Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 4, 2008
Digital technologies continue to make gains in printing, and UV inkjet is particularly well positioned to increase its share of this growing market. Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 1, 2008
The role of vehicles and varnishes is a critical one, and suppliers are developing new technologies while also facing increasingly higher raw material costs. Read More »
Published January 31, 2008
In reviewing the 100th anniversary year for Toyo Ink Manufacturing Co. Ltd., two landmark events stand out among a lengthy list of accomplishments that took place in 2007, according to Fusao Ito, president of the Toyo Ink Group in America. "T… Read More »
Published January 30, 2008
There has been  a steady stream of news about product recalls due to lead, mercury and other hazardous elements being detected in numerous goods that consumers buy and use daily. INX International Ink Co., the world leader in metal decorating… Read More »
Published January 17, 2008
Van Son Holland Ink Corporation announced that Michael Bontempo has joined the company in the position of commercial technical field specialist. Mr. Bontempo will be responsible for on-press ink evaluation solutions, dealer technical and sales suppor… Read More »
By Sel Avci
Published January 4, 2008
Top 25 Chinese Ink Manufacturers 1. Tianjin Toyo Ink Co., Ltd. 2. Hangzhou TOKA Ink Chemical Co., Ltd. 3. Taiyuan Coates Lorilleux Inks Chemical Ltd. 4. Zhejiang Yongzai Chemical Co. Ltd. 5. Shenzhen-DIC Co. 6. Shanghai Peony Printing lnk Co.,Ltd.… Read More »
By Joshua X.Tieshu, Coatings & Ink China
Published January 4, 2008
The wrap-up information of the Ink Sub-Association of Chinese Daily-Use Chemical Industry shows that the increase in rates of ink consumption in China in years 2004, 2005 and 2006 are 9.4%, 10% and 9% respectively, of which the annual average increas… Read More »
The Sheetfed Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 3, 2008
Despite concerns over raw material costs and consolidation among customers, ink manufacturers believe there are opportunities ahead for the sheetfed market. Read More »
The 2008 U.S. Ink Directory
By Staff
Published January 3, 2008
From Accent Ink to Zeres, Ink World's Annual U.S. Ink Directory offers a comprehensive list of addresses, contact information, products and key names on more than 200 printing ink manufacturers. Read More »
Move Toward Eco-Friendly Products is Likely to Lead to Increased Costs
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published January 3, 2008
European ink manufacturers are seeing increasing interest in environmentally friendly products. However, the cost of renewable resources is rising, and it will likely lead to higher prices. Read More »
Published December 5, 2007
EFI announced its results for the third quarter of 2007. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2007, the company reported revenues of $158.3 million, up approximately 15 percent when compared to third quarter 2006 revenue of $138.2 million. For the nine mo… Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 27, 2007
For most ink manufacturers, 2007 was a good year, although there remains much uncertainty regarding raw material costs and consolidation among printers. Meanwhile, a number of new leaders took the helm during the year. Read More »
Jrg-O. Seeger - Hostmann-Steinberg, Inc. USA
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 27, 2007
After hubergroup acquired Micro Inks in late 2005, the task of integrating the North American Jörg-O. Seeger operations of Hostmann-Steinberg was given to Winfried Gleue, president and CEO of the company’s Canadian… Read More »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 27, 2007
Waxes, solvents and additives manufacturers enjoyed growth overall, as new technologies continue to emerge. However, higher raw material costs remain a major concern. Read More »
Consolidation is Impacting the European Publication Printing Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published November 27, 2007
Europe’s publication printing sector seems to be entering a new phase of restructuring after the decision by Canada’s Quebecor World Inc. in November to divest all of its European printing operations.   &nbs… Read More »
Published November 6, 2007
Sun Chemical named Michael J. Dodd president of US Ink. Mr. Dodd joined Sun Chemical in 2004 as vice president, national accounts for US Ink.      Mr. Dodd has more than 30 years of industry and management experience. Beginning in th… Read More »
Published November 6, 2007
Graphic Sciences Inc., Portland, OR, has announced a price increase of 8 percent for its commercial ink and coating products.      The increase, effective Nov. 1, 2007, comes in response to rising costs resulting from well publicized… Read More »
The UV/EB Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 31, 2007
Driven by new technologies and applications, energy-curable inks and coatings continue to enjoy solid growth worldwide, with packaging and sheetfed being particularly strong areas. Read More »
Published October 31, 2007
EFI announced its results for the third quarter of 2007. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2007, the company reported revenues of $158.3 million, up approximately 15 percent when compared to third quarter 2006 revenue of $138.2 million. For the nine mo… Read More »
The European Ink Directory
By Staff
Published October 31, 2007
The European printing ink industry continues to be a vibrant mix of major international corporations and smaller, regional businesses. This year's directory features addresses, contact information and major product listings for more than 230 companies and branches. Read More »
Published October 18, 2007
Graphic Sciences Inc., Portland, OR, has announced a price increase of 8 percent for its commercial ink and coating products. The increase, effective Nov. 1, 2007, comes in response to rising costs resulting from well publicized changes in Chinese… Read More »
The Packaging Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2007
As the packaging market continues to expand globally, packaging ink manufacturers are enjoying growth, although higher raw material prices and consolidation remain concerns. Read More »
The Publication Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2007
Publication printers and ink manufacturers are facing a wide variety of challenges, including a changing marketplace, higher costs and customer consolidation. Read More »
Published September 25, 2007
Sun Chemical named Michael J. Dodd president of US Ink.  Mr. Dodd joined Sun Chemical in 2004 as vice president, national accounts for US Ink. Mr. Dodd has more than 30 years of industry and management experience.  Beginning in the paint… Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 11, 2007
In recent years, stable pigment prices have helped ink manufacturers weather surging crude oil prices. The elimination of the VAT refunds on pigments in China is changing all of that. Read More »
Published September 10, 2007
As a consequence of continuously rising raw material prices, Flint Group is raising prices for printing inks in all market segments in Europe with immediate effect. All existing customer supply contracts will be honored. Global demand for chemical… Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
The High Performance Polymers (HP) Business Unit of Degussa GmbH, Marl, Germany, has announced price increases for its Vestamid, Vestosint, Vestamelt, Trogamid, and Vestenamer product lines. Product prices will increase by 8 percent on average, depen… Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments Division announced a price increase on pigments globally, effective immediately. The price increase affects classical azo and phthalo, high performance, pearlescents, preparations, and flushes between 5 and 3… Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
Flint Group, the world's largest privately-owned supplier to the printing, converting, and colorant industries, has announced that Charles Knott will assume the role of CEO effective from Sept. 1, 2007. He will succeed Dave Frescoln, who will bec… Read More »
The Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published August 7, 2007
In light of the major changes in the printing ink industry in recent years, 2006 was a time of relative stability as ink manufacturers continued to increase their efforts into growing markets and regions. Read More »
The Challenge of Emulsification
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published August 7, 2007
For offset printers, emulsification, or ink/water balance, is a major challenge, and ink manufacturers are offering guidance to help customers run their presses as smoothly as possible. Read More »
High-Performance Pigments
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published August 7, 2007
As the market size grows and customers continue to demand more sophisticated technologies, the future for HPPs remains bright. Read More »
Published July 13, 2007
Sun Chemical has launched SunCure Display, an innovative range of UV curing offset inks for the large and very large format (VLF) offset sheetfed display printing market, at FESPA 2007.      SunCure Display offers excellent adhesion… Read More »
The Inkjet Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published July 12, 2007
The inkjet ink market continues to enjoy excellent growth, and is poised to make additional gains as digital printing makes further inroads in areas ranging from sheetfed to packaging. Read More »
Print Suppliers Group Continues to Make Inroads
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published July 11, 2007
The ability to combine purchasing power, share technical knowledge and compete for and service national accounts gives Print Suppliers Group the opportunity to make gains in the marketplace. Read More »
Solid Growth Continues in Latin America
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published July 11, 2007
Growth in the estimated $750 million Latin American ink market continues to be strong in 2007. Read More »
Published June 14, 2007
Van Son will be exhibiting at Graph Expo in booth 3470, where the company will showcase its complete line of consistent high quality offset printing inks, available for the largest multi-color commercial sheetfed press or the smallest duplicator.&n… Read More »
Published June 11, 2007
Sun Chemical has launched SunCure Display, an innovative range of UV curing offset inks for the large and very large format (VLF) offset sheetfed display printing market, at FESPA 2007.     SunCure Display offers excellent adhesion… Read More »
Published June 8, 2007
Flint Group is to more than double its capacity for producing heatset printing inks at its Frankfurt production site. The expansion to 55,000 metric tons per year is scheduled for completion in the next few weeks. At the same, the company is investin… Read More »
Published June 8, 2007
Sun Chemical has introduced Metal-Eco, the world’s first vegetable oil-based sheetfed offset metallic inks that are completely mineral oil-free.      Metal-Eco will give new focus to metallic printing, meet the most stringent… Read More »
Published June 8, 2007
Inca Digital Printers has launched Inca Onset, a breakthrough in large format UV digital flatbed printing. Handling print sizes up to 3.2x1.5m (10.5x5 ft) and printing at speeds of 500 sq m/hr (5382 sq ft/hr), the automated Inca Onset delivers 100+ f… Read More »
CPMA Examines The Value of Color
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 6, 2007
CPMA's 2007 International Conference focused on the importance of color in the ink, coatings and cosmetics industries. Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 4, 2007
Providing strong product development and expertise is helping resin manufacturers make gains in the marketplace. Read More »
Published May 10, 2007
Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments Division raised prices on dry and presscake pigments effective April 16, 2007 as follows: • Azo reds by $0.30/lb. • Azo yellows by $0.15/lb. • Violet 23 by $0.50/lb. Prices for dispersi… Read More »
Published May 10, 2007
The ‘new Siegwerk’ remains on the road to success. In the first year of completely consolidated results from the SICPA Packaging acquisition, the company achieved a revenue of €870 million ($1.15 billion).      &n… Read More »