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Published September 9, 2005
UVitec Printing Ink, Lodi, NJ, has established OPTI-Press, a press evaluation service that provides combination, offset, flexo, rotary screen and letterpress printers with comprehensive analysis of all facets of their UV printing operation, fro… Read More »
A New Day at Central Ink
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Led by chairman and CEO Richard Breen and new president Jack Ackerman, Central Ink makes an entrance into sheetfed and energy curing. Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
2002 was essentially a flat year for pigment companies, but global politics, raw material supply and cost uncertainties, increasing competition and pricing pressures are among the concerns that are facing pigment manufacturers in 2003. Read More »
European Ink Market Faces Another Challenging Year in 2003
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
European ink producers are preparing themselves for a period of tough market conditions in 2003. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Van Son has appointed Robert Speijer as president of Van Son Holland Ink of America. Mr. Speijer joins Van Son with an extensive  background in the paint and chemical industries, and has more than 20 years of experience in management and marketi… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Markem Corporation, Keene, NH, a provider of identification systems, software, supplies and services for coding and marking, has added a new ink to its Touch Dry family.      The 5005 Series Touch Dry ink is a hot melt ink for use in… Read More »
The Flexo Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The outlook for the flexo ink market continues to look strong as flexo makes further inroads in the packaging industry and new applications are being developed. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Solutia, Inc. has announced that North America Santosol dimethyl ester pricing will increase $0.04/lb for all Santosol grades, subject to contract terms where applicable. The adjustment is necessary to sustain the continued process investment needed… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
UVitec Printing Ink, Inc. introduces the 47 Series of UV offset inks that has been developed using a unique formulation process that gives the inks strong bonding characteristics, improved press stability and reliable color consistency.   … Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Markem Corporation, Keene, NH, a provider of identification systems, software, supplies and services for product coding and marking, has added a new ink to its Touch Dry family.      The addition of the 5005 ink, available in b… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Kohl & Madden Printing Ink Corporation has completed extensive press testing of a series of new sheetfed offset inks called ETCHLess inks. These new inks print with water only; no fountain solution etch or alcohol substitutes are needed.  &n… Read More »
The Offset Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The offset market has seen a slowdown as a result of the economy, but there is reason for optimism in 2003. Read More »
In Search of Continuous Improvement
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Ink companies and suppliers alike are utilizing Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Total Quality Management and other process improvement systems to improve all aspects of their business. Read More »
Eastern Europe Offers Opportunities
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The European Union invitation to 10 new states, most of them from Eastern Europe, to join will have a significant impact on printers. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Johnson Matthey has completed its acquisition of the Synetix division of Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (ICI) in all territories except India. Completion of the purchase of those Synetix businesses which are owned by ICI India Limited remains subje… Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The ink industry showed some growth in 2002, but uncertainty over the economy and raw materials remains a concern for 2003. Read More »
An Industry Giant Retires
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
After more than 40 years at Sun Chemical, Edward E. Barr is stepping down as chairman. Read More »
UV/EB Update
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Despite the economic downturn, the radiation-curing industry continues to flourish, and many new opportunities for UV and EB are being developed. Read More »
International Top Companies
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
As our Annual International Top Companies Report illustrates, the printing ink industry is international in its scope, with Japan, U.S., Germany, Switzerland, U.K., Sweden, Holland, India, Belgium, Brazil and France home for the world�s top ink manufacturers. Read More »
The Publication Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The past few years have been difficult for printing ink manufacturers and their customers, as key segments in the publication market have slumped. Industry leaders are cautiously optimistic that a turnaround may occur in the near future. Read More »
Packaging Ink Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The packaging ink market is constantly evolving and growing more sophisticated, and ink makers must work ever more closely with their customers. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Flint Ink (www.flintink.com) will be highlighting energy curable ink systems at Graph Expo/Converting Expo 2002, Oct. 6-9, at McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL.      In particular, Flint Ink will be focusing on its new X… Read More »
Direct Mail is Facing New Challenges
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
At a time when advertising expenditures in Europe have been slipping with little sign yet of an upturn, the direct marketing sector is doing relatively well. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Eastern Color and Chemical Company, Providence, RI and Greenville, SC, has been awarded the registered trademark of Rainoff, formerly Raneoff, for their line of scientifically designed textile water and oil repellants, soil release agents, upholstery… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
INX International Ink Co., the third-largest producer of ink in North America and Nazdar, the leading manufacturer of screen printing inks in North America, have formed an alliance to co-develop products and services for the roll label market.  … Read More »
Officials Debate Future of Gravure
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
While some see a brighter future built on quality, others see solvent issues leading to further decline. Read More »
Opportunities are Springing Up in Ink Jet Ink
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The digital ink marketplace, where at one stage traditional ink producers seemed destined to remain outsiders, now seems to be offering new opportunities for growth for ink companies. Read More »
RadTech 2002 Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Forecast is for continued growth in radiation-curing market. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Day-Glo Color Corp. has appointed Pi/Con Chemicals, Inc., Chicago, IL, to be the Midwest representative for its complete line of daylight fluorescent pigments, offset printing bases, screen inks, paints, pigment dispersions and Dazzle precision cut g… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
The reengineering of INX International has transformed the company from a decentralized geographical oriented company to a centralized company based upon product lines.      “In 2001, our standardization and centralization initia… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Alden and Ott Printing Inks L.P., Arlington Heights, IL, has opened its newest facility, located in Gastonia, NC. The new plant will manufacture and distribute all of the company’s offset and flexo printing ink product lines.    &nb… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Akzo Nobel Inks has relaunched Lithocure 200, a dedicated UV offset ink for narrow web applications, which has been reformulated with further improvements in press performance and adhesion characteristics.      The improved Lithocur… Read More »
European Pigment Makers Face Competition
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Although they believe the worst is over for the economy, European pigment manufacturers are concerned about the increase in imports. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
INX International Ink Co. has appointed Kevin Yeazell to vice president of sales and marketing for the sheetfed offset division.      In his new position, Mr. Yeazell will be responsible for the management of the sheetfed offset sal… Read More »
SICPA Makes Gains in North American Packaging Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The company's commercial inks business unit is making strides since its 2000 acquisition of Kromacorp. Read More »
The Asian Ink Market
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The economic slump has taken its toll, but with markets such as China's expanding at an amazing rate, the future of the ink industry in Asia is a bright one indeed. Read More »
The Flexo Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The flexo market has experienced modest growth in 2001 as a result of new innovations and increased efficiency. Read More »
The U.S. Top 20
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
While the slowdown in the U.S. economy kept sales flat at best for most companies, some ink manufacturers discovered opportunities to grow during 2001. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Significant growth in the demand for new UV/EB ink systems from North American label and folding carton converters has resulted in expanded operations at Flint Ink’s Toronto, Ontario facility. The 86,000 square-foot site will now operate 24/7 i… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
With very few exceptions, 2001 was a difficult year for pigment suppliers to the ink industry, as the slumping U.S. economy and increasing pressure on prices made 2001 a year that major pigment producers hope never to repeat. Read More »
European Ink Review
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
There are signs that the economic indicators may be turning around Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Imerys Pigments and Additives Group has announced that prices of its North American ground calcium carbonate (GCC) products will increase effective Feb. 1, 2002. The magnitude of the increase will vary by product, with increases ranging between 3 and… Read More »
The Gravure Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Printers, ink and equipment suppliers are working to make gravure a strong short-run alternative. It remains to be seen if gravure can overcome its image of being a high quality, large-run process and successfully reach out to the ever-increasing short-run marketplace. Read More »
The Milling Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Ink companies are looking for greater productivity, more automation and improved diagnostics from their mills. Read More »
Providing Security
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 8, 2005
Printing ink manufacturers continue to develop innovative new products to help in the battle to thwart counterfeiters and provide additional security. Read More »
The 2002 Offset Report
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 8, 2005
The offset market did not have a banner year in 2001, and industry insiders are cautious about what's coming in 2002. Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
BASF announced Nov. 8 that its North American Printing Systems Group has formed an alliance with Heidelberg Canada Graphic Equipment Limited to distribute BASF’s line of K+E printing inks in Canada.      “This new and ex… Read More »
NAPIM Manufacturing Seminar
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
NAPIM hosts first Manufacturing Seminar during the ICE Show. Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
The U.S. economic downturn, combined with the tragic Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has made 2001 a difficult year for the ink industry. Read More »
German Ink Companies Look to the Future
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 6, 2005
The major German ink companies look to expand their horizons through increased efforts in exports. Read More »