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Challenges, Opportunities Abound for European Ink Manufacturers
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 25, 2005
As the European economy picks up in 2005, there are opportunities for ink manufacturers who are looking for ways to improve their margins amid the raw material price increases. Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
In a year dominated by rising raw material prices and an improving economy, many pigment manufacturers were able to get much-needed price increases. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Noveon will implement price increases for resins and polymers in North America, effective Jan. 17. Products affected include those used in paint and coatings; specialty paper and adhesives; electronics; inks; overprint varnishes and coatings; and tex… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Color Resolutions International, Fairfield, OH, will increase prices 6 percent on all inks and coatings, effective Jan. 15.      The increase is driven by rising costs for raw materials, transportation, packaging, energy, healthcare… Read More »
Gravure Makes Gains in Europe
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 25, 2005
New toluene ruling and investments are spurring growth in packaging and publication gravure. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Elementis Specialties has announced an average 5 percent price increase, effective Jan. 3, 2005, for its range of specialty additives for use in the coatings, inks, ceramics and water treatment (CICW) markets.        “Real… Read More »
The Sheetfed Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Ink manufacturers saw some improvement in the sheetfed market, as packaging in particular showed growth, but increasing costs are creating serious concerns. Read More »
Rising Raw Material Costs Drive Ink Price Increases
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Ink makers are stepping up their drive to persuade customers to accept higher selling prices to offset hikes in raw material costs. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Citing continued rapid increases in the cost of raw materials coupled with tight supplies of strategic ingredients, INX International Ink Co. announced a price increase of 5 percent to 10 percent (depending on product line), to take effect Dec. 1, 20… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments group has announced price increases of 5 to 10 percent on pigments and pigment preparations. The increases apply to products sold to the ink, plastics, coatings and some specialty markets on a global basis.… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
The European Commission approved the proposed acquisition of BASF Printing Systems and ANI Printing Inks by the European private equity firm CVC on Oct. 29. The investigation has shown that the proposed transactions, which will involve the combinatio… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Aellora Digital has introduced its new JetDry LQ Ink Series for solvent-based piezo drop-on-demand (DOD) ink jet systems.      These air-dry inks produce high-density prints with good smudge, abrasion and package-to-package offset re… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Sun Chemical announced price increases of 3 to 7 percent on all packaging inks and coatings, that were effective Oct. 1, according to Richard Pettifor, Sun Chemical corporate vice president and president, North American packaging inks. These increase… Read More »
Metallic and Special Effect Pigments and Inks
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 24, 2005
A renewed interest in eye-catching packaging has led to a positive year for the metallic ink market. Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 24, 2005
While 2004 was generally a better year for ink manufacturers, raw material pricing and supply pressures remain a significant concern heading into 2005. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
INX International Ink Co. featured its new OPL Series Paste Ink Dispensers during GraphExpo recently.      INX’s innovative paste-ink dispensers provide a cost-efficient solution for mid-market printers that offer a self-contai… Read More »
CVC
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 24, 2005
The merger of BASF and ANI creates a powerful new force in the printing ink industry. Read More »
The 2004 International Report
By Staff
Published October 24, 2005
As our International Top Companies Report illustrates, the ink industry is international in its scope, with Japan, U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, U.K., Holland, India, Mexico, France and Brazil home for the world�s top ink manufacturers. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Flint Ink has announced an agreement between its Latin America business unit and Goss International Corp., a leading manufacturer of web offset newspaper printing presses, to sell a wide range of its newspaper printing equipment and services in Latin… Read More »
The Publication Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 24, 2005
The publication ink market has made slight gains during the past year as advertising has picked up. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
EMD Chemicals Inc. has introduced Miraval, a new generation of brilliant glittering pigments. Miraval 5411 Magic White combines silver-white glitter with a colorful, rainbow-like highlight. This pigment is the first EMD pigment based on borosil… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
ANI Printing Inks and Acheson Colloids Company have announced a three-year partnership in which ANI will serve as the exclusive distributor of Acheson’s polymer thick film conductive inks for RFID (radio frequency identification devices) applic… Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
For the first time in North America, ANI will exhibit under the new company name and logo. Extensive information about the “new company” that is focusing all its efforts on inks for narrow web applications will be provided.   … Read More »
Color Matching and QC
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 21, 2005
More and more printers are utilizing color matching equipment and software prior to press. Read More »
High Performance Pigments
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 21, 2005
Ink jet and flexible packaging are two of the strongest growth areas for ink manufacturers, and HPPs are an essential ingredient in many of the most successful applications. Read More »
The Publication Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
Faced with escalating raw material and operational costs and demand for new technologies, ink industry leaders are seeking much-needed price increases. Read More »
Drupa 2004 Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
Drupa 2004 drew nearly 400,000 attendees and showcased new technologies. As the printing industry evolves, the ink industry continues to change with the times. Read More »
Latin American Ink Market Recovers
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 10, 2005
The overall Latin American ink market grew at least 3 percent in 2003, and indications are that 2004 will show even greater growth. Read More »
Ink Jet Inks are on the Rise
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
As digital technologies make further inroads into printing, ink manufacturers are becoming more involved in developing hardware and software systems to meet new requirements. Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Wikoff Color Corp., Fort Mill, SC, has purchased the assets of Century Color Co., Lowell, MA, a manufacturer of high quality sheetfed and web offset inks with sales in the northeastern U.S. Ralph Viscione, president of Century Color, which was founde… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Flint Ink has introduced its Rub’nSmell scented inks, which will enhance the appeal of consumer brands. Rub’nSmell inks extend the enticing scents of products to consumers to drive brand sales at the point of purchase, where 70 percent of… Read More »
The European Pigment Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 10, 2005
European pigment manufacturers are developing new product and software innovations to meet the increasing demand for color. Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Stork Prints has appointed Wilfried Koopman as managing director, graphics of Stork Prints B.V. Mr. Koopman will be responsible for furthering the growth of the graphic business portfolio within the Stork Prints group. This covers the company’s… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Toppan Printing Company, Ltd. has developed a high quality industrial use ink jet printer, which it will use in its internal printing facilities and which it will also begin selling to other printing companies. Toppan’s ink jet printer incorpor… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Sun Chemical has been a long-standing ink supplier to magazine and commercial web offset printer Woodford Litho. From the planning stage for the Essex printer’s new high-speed KBA Compacta C618 48pp press, Sun Chemical has worked to ensure the… Read More »
NAPIM Convention Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
"Consolidation's Effects and Tomorrow's Roadmap," the theme of NAPIM's Annual Convention, offered attendees an effective look at where the industry may be heading in the coming years. Read More »
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 »