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BCF Declares Ink Industry is Facing a Crisis
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 10, 2005
The European ink sector is beginning to revolt against the way printers have shifted a sizeable proportion of their cost reductions to ink producers without adequate compensation. Read More »
The Asian Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
2003 brought more growth to the Asia Pacific region, and ink companies continue to expand their operations into the area. Read More »
Published October 7, 2005
Sun Chemical announced the alignment of its North American Inks businesses to better  serve its customers in different market segments and to overall increase the value to the customer.        Michael Griem, presi… Read More »
Published October 4, 2005
Central Chemical & Service (www.centchem.com), a longtime specialist in proofing and UV inks, has been actively expanding in recent months. This expansion has come to fruition recently, as the company introduced a new line of UV dispersions that… Read More »
Published October 3, 2005
The acquisition of U.S.-based Flint Ink Corporation by German-based XSYS Print Solutions was completed Sept. 30, 2005. The transaction closed following the August approval of the acquisition and subsequent merger by regulatory authorities in Europe a… Read More »
UV/EB Raw Materials
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 30, 2005
The UV/EB cure market has fared well in 2003, and as the technology becomes more widely used in new markets, the potential for growth in 2004 is promising. Read More »
The 2004 U.S Top 20
By Staff
Published September 30, 2005
While some ink manufacturers found 2003 to be another challenging year, some ink companies were able to generate strong growth. Meanwhile, the economic gains made in the fourth quarter of 2003 have ink companies optimistic about 2004. Read More »
Published September 22, 2005
To offset the continuing escalation of raw materials, energy, and freight costs, Flint Ink North America announced the following price increases and freight surcharges, effective Oct. 1, 2005: • Heatset web offset and publication gravure inks… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
Eckart America L.P. has developed a unique new non-leafing silver ink specially formulated for the patented MetalFX printing process. Eckart is now introducing its MetalStar MFX 06 9000 standard base offset silver, a new sheetfed ink that offers uniq… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
At Print ’05, Kohl & Madden will introduce Liberty sheetfed inks, a breakthrough, VOC-free technology that offers competitive advantages for its users.      “Liberty inks offer productivity and quality advantages beyo… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
INX International Ink Company has launched its new site, www.inxinternational.com, which focuses on print applications and provides easy direct-line access to a spectrum of specialists. It is designed to quickly steer customers to the best products f… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
The graphic division of Stena Miljö AB of Gothenburg, Sweden, has signed an agreement with Flint-Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG to distribute a full range of its news inks and sheetfed offset commercial and packaging products in Sweden, Norway and De… Read More »
The European Ink Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 19, 2005
While there are signs of an economic upturn in the printing industry, ink manufacturers remain wary. Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 13, 2005
Prices and worldwide overcapacity remain major concerns, but pigment manufacturers are somewhat optimistic about the prospects for 2004. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
The Web Offset Association (WOA), a special interest group of Printing Industries of America (PIA) and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), has appointed Mary Garnett, an association executive with more than 10 years of printing industry exp… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
In a move designed to refocus its efforts in the sheetfed varnish market, Eastman Resins is moving the production of Lawter Graphic Arts Technologies’ sheetfed varnishes to its LaVergne, TN plant. The company will continue to manufacture resins… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Eckart GmbH & Co. KG has announced it has a worldwide ‘Strategic Partner’ alliance with MetalFX Technology Ltd., Leeds, England, the developer of the innovative MFX metallic color system.      Eckart became the first… Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
As the economy improves, vehicle and varnish manufacturers are hopeful that the printing ink industry will see improvement. However, rising crude oil prices are a serious concern. Read More »
The Flexo Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Valued as an economical process, flexo continues to dominate the packaging industry, while making inroads into new applications. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Four years ago, Pat Carlisle saw a great opportunity to succeed in the UV offset ink market, and founded Joules Angstrom U.V. Printing Inks. The company has grown dramatically in its first four years, leading Mr. Carlisle to build a new headquarters… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Hostmann-Steinberg (www.hostmann-steinberg.net) launched its newest advance in its HiT (Highly Improved Technology) ink series – Rapida Optima QK 1765 high-speed offset inks for sheetfed production.      Rapida Optima QK 1765… Read More »
The Offset Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Valued for its near-photographic quality, stochastic screening is becoming more widely used throughout the industry. Read More »
New Leaders in the Ink Industry
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
New executives from inside and outside the industry are having an impact on the ink business. Read More »
Siegwerk Group Strengthens Its Global Presence
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The acquisition of CCI increases Siegwerk's position in the global packaging ink market. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
KBA and Sun Chemical (www.sunchemical.com) have signed a three-year agreement to jointly research and develop water-washable inks, specifically Shark W ink, for KBA’s revolutionary Cortina waterless web offset newspaper press.    &nb… Read More »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Most companies found that 2003 was a slight improvement over 2002. Read More »
The Year In Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
After another challenging year, ink executives are cautiously optimistic as they look ahead to 2004 Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
INX International Ink Co. (www.inxinternational.com) has introduced a new paste-ink dispensing system for customers – a self-contained, advanced technology system that eliminates costly traditional-system pumps, complex installation and huge sp… Read More »
The UV Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The market for UV inks is expected to continue its strong growth as new technologies are developed. Read More »
The International Report 2003
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The international nature of the printing ink industry is ever more apparent, as the leading ink manufacturers span the globe from Japan, the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K., Holland, India, France and Brazil. Read More »
The Publication Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Publication ink sales have decreased during the first six months of 2003, and ink companies hope that improved printing forecasts signal better days ahead. Read More »
The Packaging Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
As the packaging industry continues to evolve, ink companies are working overtime to meet the ever-changing needs of their customers. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
After a long career, Marty Paul has left Sun Chemical to pursue other interests. As director of special projects, Mr. Paul represented Sun Chemical and the ink industry in three major studies performed by the Printing Industries of America (PIA… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Heidelberg USA, Kennesaw, GA, is the recipient of the 2003 Industry Award from the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL).      “Heidelberg’s contribution to the printing and graphic arts industries is ongoi… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Encres Dubuit has developed a new rotary screen UV ink, specially adapted for the “No Label Look” called Rotoprint.      According to the company, Rotoprint is ready to use, and under normal curing conditions, Rotoprint i… Read More »
Colorcon Lives Up to a Higher Standard
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Colorcon´┐Żs No-Tox Products Division, a specialist in customized ink applications, particularly food packaging-related, is growing rapidly. Read More »
High Performance Pigments
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Despite higher costs, improved properties are driving growth for high performance pigments in a variety of printing markets, including packaging, outdoor signage and non-impact printing. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Latran Technologies has appointed Peter Daciuk as area sales manager for the northeast region. Mr. Daciuk, former channel manager at Ricoh, will manage a sales region that covers New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Eastern C… Read More »
The Ink Jet Ink Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Of all the segments for ink jet technologies, the wide format market offers the greatest opportunity for growth for ink manufacturers looking for areas to develop and market new ink jet inks. Read More »
Latin Ink Market Begins Recovery
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published September 12, 2005
The troubled Latin American ink market is showing signs of improvements in some segments and in some countries. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Akzo Nobel Inks North America (www.aninks.com) has introduced Uvocard-L, a high performance UV offset ink system for plastic card lamination.      This UV curable offset ink has been formulated for multiple card applications such as… Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Suppliers are banking on new technologies and cost efficiencies to help overcome rising raw material costs and the continued economic downturn. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
All too often, competition leads to hard-nosed tactics and hard feelings, as some companies will try to take away business by any means possible. However, there are also companies that do insist on competing fair. For Jim Stanley, president of Ameri… Read More »
Pigment Producers Rely on Innovation, Cooperation to Move Forward
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
European producers are having to step up their technological efforts to ensure they hang on to key specialty segments. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Environmental Inks and Coatings (EIC), Morganton, NC, unveiled a variety of new products and services during CMM in Chicago, IL.      The Pro Plus System is the most flexible color delivery system available today, according to EIC. T… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
INX International Ink Co. has introduced several new products that enhance the UV printing experience by improving printing efficiency and lowering applied costs.      The first are LithoCure hybrid inks, which allow hybrid printers… Read More »
NAPIM Convention Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
There are signs that the ink industry may see economic improvement in 2003. Read More »
The Asian Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
China and India are the main drivers in this fast-growing region, which is drawing increased attention from ink companies Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Eckart America L.P. and its printer of advertising inserts, Great Lakes Lithograph of Cleveland, OH, have been awarded a “Print Excellence Award” from the Printing Industries Association, Inc., serving Northern Kentucky and Ohio (PIANKO).… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Rohm and Haas has announced a list and off list price increase, effective April 1, or as contracts allow, for all of their acrylic copolymer emulsions, vinyl acetate containing polymers, solution polymers, stryene containing polymers and additives so… Read More »