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Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 26, 2007
Vehicles and varnishes play a critical role in ink, and terms such as 'guts' and 'heart of the ink' speak to their importance. Ink makers rely on their suppliers to help provide the critical characteristics that printers seek. Read More »
Ink Manufacturers are Finding Opportunities in the Textile Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published January 26, 2007
Digital technologies and new environmental standards are providing ink companies with new possibilities in the textile segment. Read More »
Published January 12, 2007
Sun Chemical Security's intaglio inks have been selected for use on one of the world's high-profile currencies, with production scheduled to begin in 2007. The decision comes following the intaglio cylinder wipe ink system's successful evaluation in… Read More »
Published January 11, 2007
The cost of oil and natural gas has continued to maintain historically high levels despite the recent softening of the crude prices. The continued effect on the prices of the chemical raw materials and pigments used to formulate flexo and gravure pac… Read More »
Published January 11, 2007
Sun Chemical announced it will raise prices on packaging, commercial and screen inks sold in North America, effective Jan. 1, 2007. Prices on packaging inks will rise 4 percent to 6 percent, while prices on commercial and screen inks will go up 8 per… Read More »
The Sheetfed Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 8, 2007
Sheetfed ink manufacturers had a solid year in 2006, and see opportunities for growth in 2007. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 5, 2007
The past year included some signs of optimism for ink manufacturers. Business seemed to be picking up, and ink companies were generally able to raise their prices to help offset higher raw material, manufacturing and operational costs. The sheetfed i… Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 7, 2006
For the most part, ink manufacturers saw some sales growth in 2006, but consolidation, raw material prices and other concerns have industry officials cautiously optimistic about their business as they head into the new year. Read More »
The Metallic Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published December 7, 2006
Despite escalating raw material prices, there is still a growing demand for metallic inks and pigments. Read More »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 7, 2006
For manufacturers of waxes, solvents and additives, 2006 was a year of mixed results, as business picked up but raw material prices remain a concern. Read More »
Published December 7, 2006
Sun Chemicalannounced it will raise prices on packaging, commercial and screen inks sold in North America, effective Jan. 1, 2007. Prices on packaging inks will rise 4 percent to 6 percent, while prices on commercial and screen inks will go up 8 perc… Read More »
Published December 1, 2006
The cost of oil and natural gas has continued to maintain historically high levels despite the recent softening of the crude prices. The continued effect on the prices of the chemical raw materials and pigments used to formulate flexo and gravure pac… Read More »
Published November 16, 2006
US Ink announced price increases for coldset and news ink products, effective Nov. 1, 2006. The price increases will vary depending on product type.      “Despite our best efforts to offset rising costs, the increased global de… Read More »
Published November 14, 2006
INX International Ink Co. has earned the Orion Environmental Stewardship Award presented by Orion Energy Services, for new energy-efficient lighting at its Charlotte, NC, facility. The award recognizes significant reductions in power through usage… Read More »
2006 Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published November 9, 2006
The landscape of the international printing ink industry has changed greatly during the past year after the major acquisitions and consolidations that occurred in 2005. Read More »
NPIRI 2006 Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 9, 2006
NAPIM celebrates its 50th NPIRI Technical Conference with a program titled 'Looking Forward: Imagination, Communication, Accomplishment.' Read More »
The UV/EB Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 9, 2006
Driven by productivity and superior performance characteristics, energy curable inks and coatings continue to make gains in the marketplace. Read More »
Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2006
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 9, 2006
Graph Expo featured a wealth of products and services for the printing and graphic communications industry. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 9, 2006
For ink manufacturers, the energy curable market has been one of the brightest areas in recent years, and that trend continues today, particularly in web offset, flexo and inkjet.          There are many reasons fo… Read More »
Published October 29, 2006
Quality, reliability and proximity to the customer - these are the core values of Siegwerk, the largest European ink manufacturer. With the new manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg, the company demonstrates its high performance standards. &quo… Read More »
Published October 10, 2006
Cytec Industries Inc. announced that it is increasing prices in North and South America of its Cymel, Aerotex, Melurac and Cyrez amino resins, and of its Alvonol phenolic resins. The increases took effect on Sept. 15, 2006.      … Read More »
Published October 10, 2006
Flint Group News Ink Division announced national price increases for coldset and news offset ink products, effective Oct. 1, 2006. The price increases include black and color inks and vary depending on product type.      “Since… Read More »
The Packaging Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2006
The packaging ink market continues to show growth, while ink price increases are helping to offset higher raw material costs. Read More »
The Publication Ink Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 9, 2006
As raw material costs continue to rise, publication ink manufacturers have finally been able to pass along some price increases. Read More »
The Specialty Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2006
Colorcon and Chromatic Technologies, Inc. specialize in unique applications that showcase the capabilities of ink manufacturers and printers. Read More »
UV Ink Sales Continue to Expand, Although Challenges Remain
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 9, 2006
Demand for UV ink is growing at two to three times the rate for conventional inks in some sectors of the European printing market. But some observers believe that if they could overcome technological difficulties, sales of UV inks in Europe could expand even faster. Read More »
Published October 3, 2006
US Ink announced price increases for coldset and news ink products, effective Nov. 1, 2006. The price increases will vary depending on product type. "Despite our best efforts to offset rising costs, the increased global demands for raw materi… Read More »
Published September 18, 2006
Flint Group News Ink Division announced national price increases for coldset and news offset ink products, effective Oct. 1, 2006. The price increases include black and color inks and vary depending on product type.     “Since… Read More »
Published September 13, 2006
Cytec Industries Inc. announced it is increasing prices of its Radcure epoxy acrylate resins by $0.10 per pound for its undiluted grades, and by $0.06-$0.08 per pound for its diluted grades.      The increases took effect Aug. 15, 20… Read More »
Published September 13, 2006
Effective July 1, 2006, Micro Inks Corporation announced price increases for the all inks and raw materials it currently sells in North America.  These price increases range from 12 percent to 15 percent, depending on the type of inks.  &… Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 11, 2006
Led by crude oil, prices for key ink ingredients across the spectrum are rising dramatically, leading companies to wonder when, and if, prices will eventually stabilize. Read More »
Ink Manufacturers See Color Management As an Opportunity for Growth
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 11, 2006
Ink companies are using their expertise in color to branch out into new services for their customers. Read More »
Published August 31, 2006
INX International Ink Co. was the biggest winner in the 2006 Gold Ink Awards sponsored by Printing Impressions and Publishing Executive magazines, as 11 of its customers garnered a total of 57 awards, including Gold, Silver and/or Bronze awards in ei… Read More »
Published August 30, 2006
INX International Ink Co. has formed a strategic partnership with La Crosse Litho Supply, LLC, Pewaukee, WI, to distribute INX products throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Northern Illinois. “We are always looking for ways to expand ou… Read More »
Published August 25, 2006
Handschy Industries' parent company, Field Container, L.P has signed an agreement to become part of a new company being created by affiliates of the Texas Pacific Group by combining with the consumer packaging business of Smurfit-Stone. The name of t… Read More »
Published August 16, 2006
Most ink manufacturers point with pride (and rightfully so) at ongoing efforts to not only meet, but exceed environmental regulations … to reduce or eliminate toxic substances … to develop low- or VOC-free inks and coatings, soy-based i… Read More »
Published August 11, 2006
Flint Group North America Publication Division announced price increases for all publication inks, effective July 15, 2006. The price increases range from 8 percent to 12 percent, depending on product type. These increases are necessary to offset the… Read More »
High Performance Pigments
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published August 9, 2006
As a result of their outstanding performance, high performance pigments are being used in many new applications, and remain a bright spot for pigment manufacturers. Read More »
Ink Dispensing Systems are Benefiting Printers
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published August 9, 2006
To best serve their customers, some ink manufacturers are offering ink dispensing systems, which help printers blend special colors at a moment's notice and also control inventory. Read More »
Material Advances are Paving Way for Further Growth in Printed Electronics
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published August 9, 2006
Although the printed electronics market is taking off more gradually than initially thought, advancements in materials offer even greater possibilities. Read More »
Published July 26, 2006
Effective July 1, 2006, Micro Inks Corporation announced price increases for the all inks and raw materials it currently sells in North America.  These price increases range from 12% to 15% depending on the type of inks. This increase has be… Read More »
Published July 26, 2006
XSYS Print Solutions, a part of the Flint Group, will reveal new dimensions to the label and narrow web packaging industry at Labelexpo Americas 2006 – exhibiting brand new products inspirational tools to guide converters, enabling them to reta… Read More »
Published July 12, 2006
Sun Chemical and Heidelberg are investigating new opportunities of working together in a move that will bring further benefits to customers of these two leading global companies.      Sun Chemical is linking up with Heidelberg on new… Read More »
The Inkjet Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published July 7, 2006
As inkjet printing continues its rapid growth, ink manufacturers are continually creating new technologies that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Will the commercial sheetfed market be the next major frontier for inkjet? Read More »
Latin America Manages Growth Despite Obstacles
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published July 7, 2006
Ink manufacturers are optimistic, as economic expansion continues to spur growth in printing. Read More »
Ink and Equipment Manufacturers See Good Opportunities in Digital Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published July 7, 2006
Demand for digital printing continues to grow in Europe, and many ink manufacturers are expanding their digital ink portfolios. Read More »
Published July 6, 2006
Flint Group North America Publication Division announced price increases for all publication inks, effective July 15, 2006. The price increases range from 8 percent to 12 percent, depending on product type. These increases are necessary to offset the… Read More »
Published June 21, 2006
Sun Chemical has launched EXACT PSO, a sheetfed process set designed to help printers achieve offset standardization, which, in turn, should help improve efficiency and grow its client base. PSO or Process Standard Offset and ISO 12647:2 are fast… Read More »
e5 Attracts Record Number of Attendees, End-Users
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 1, 2006
The rapid growth of UV and EB are clearly illustrated by the record number of attendees, most notably end-users, who came to the show Read More »
Despite Achieving Price Increases, Pigment Manufacturers Face Challenges
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published June 1, 2006
Despite improving economic conditions, pigment leaders have numerous concerns, including rising raw material costs and offshore competition. Read More »