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The RFID Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 8, 2008
The RFID market continues to enjoy excellent growth as adaptation of the technology expands rapidly, and some major ink manufacturers are well-positioned to grow within the conductive ink marketplace. Read More »
The Gravure Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published May 8, 2008
Gravure must continue to improve turnaround times while remaining competitive on cost in order to expand market penetration. Read More »
Published May 8, 2008
The business of ALTANA continued its positive development over the first quarter of 2008. Compared to the prior year's period, sales as well as operating earnings increased in spite of the cloudier general economic conditions especially in the U.S.… Read More »
Published April 16, 2008
Flint Group is preparing for its debut at drupa 2008. “Having been brought together from four major well respected businesses, each leading companies in their own right, and having leveraged our strengths and capabilities, we now as Flint G… Read More »
Published April 16, 2008
Toyo Ink America, LLC has launched UV Kaleido Ink, the new zero-VOC, ultraviolet-curable system in the Kaleido Ink series of wide-gamut inks. Kaleido Ink formulations expand the CMYK gamut to nearly the full Adobe RGB gamut, resulting in inks that… Read More »
Published April 16, 2008
Pröll KG's core business lies in the development of custom chemical products for coating/decorating plastics and other materials, as well as innovative ink systems for IMD/FIM technology and screen and pad printing inks. A new range of produc… Read More »
Published April 16, 2008
Tri-Chem, Kent, OH, a manufacturer’s representative sales agency marketing pigments and dyes to the plastics, coatings, printing ink and rubber markets, recently established an office in the Knoxville, TN area to cover the southern part of its… Read More »
Published April 16, 2008
Faced with continued increases in raw materials, energy and transportation costs, along with the escalating value in foreign currency, Sun Chemical Corporation’s Performance Pigments Division increased global prices on pigments effective March… Read More »
The North American Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published April 7, 2008
Despite higher raw materials and operational costs that continue to impact the printing ink industry, many North American ink companies were able to show some growth during 2007. Read More »
UV/EB Raw Materials Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published April 4, 2008
Rising energy costs and environmental regulations continue to drive the market for UV/EB technologies. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published April 4, 2008
The past few years have been extremely challenging for the ink industry, its customers and suppliers, as higher raw material prices, increased competition, new technologies and consolidation throughout the supply chain have changed the landscape of b… Read More »
Published April 2, 2008
DuPont Digital Printing will showcase its full line of DuPont Artistri inks for digital textile printing at FESPA Digital 2008, April 1-3 , 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland at the Geneva Palexpo (Booth L14). “We are very pleased to showcase our t… Read More »
Published March 18, 2008
In the past business year, the specialty chemicals group ALTANA achieved dynamic sales growth and disproportionate increases in earnings. “Our business performance in the first year as a pure specialty chemicals company was excellent and w… Read More »
Published March 12, 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 met… Read More »
Published March 12, 2008
Sun Chemical and its parent company, Dainippon Ink & Chemicals (DIC), have formed a joint venture with Nantong Shanjing, a leading aluminum pigment manufacturer based in Nantong of Jiangsu Province, China.       The joint v… Read More »
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 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 »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 10, 2008
In recent years, the dramatic increase in the price of crude oil  and its derivatives has severely impacted the ink industry and its suppliers. However, the relative stability of prices for pigments, typically the most expensive ingredient in in… Read More »
Published March 3, 2008
XSYS Print Solutions, a division of Flint Group, changed its name to Flint Group Narrow Web as of March 1, 2008. The name change is the last in a long series of re-branding exercises for the specialist narrow web ink maker, which started out as part… Read More »
Published February 20, 2008
Sun Chemical Gears Up for Drupa with Added Customer Focus Read More »
Published February 13, 2008
Aakash Chemicals & Dye-Stuffs, Inc. and Pritty Pearlescent Pigments of China have agreed to an exclusive distribution agreement for marketing Pritty’s broad range of Iridesium industrial and Nacreium weather resistant grade pearlescent effe… Read More »
Published February 13, 2008
On the heels of last November’s announcement that it will transfer pigment and additive manufacturing from Coventry, RI, to facilities in Germany, China and Mexico by the end of this year, Clariant is re-emphasizing its commitment to North Amer… Read More »
Published February 13, 2008
Sun Chemical appointed Rudi Lenz as its CEO and president, effective Jan. 1, 2008. Dr. Koji Oe, president of Dainippon Ink and Chemicals of Japan, Sun Chemical’s parent company, made the announcement on behalf of the Sun Chemical Board of Direc… Read More »
Published February 13, 2008
Nazdar is the latest ink manufacturer to become a Xaar Approved Ink Partner and supports Xaar’s strategy to give end users the freedom to select from a wide range of approved inks.          “We are delight… Read More »
CPIPC Honors INX
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 7, 2008
CPIPC Honors INX's Roy Coyne, Handschy's Deven Parikh The Chicago Printing Ink Production Club (CPIPC) celebrated its 2008 Christmas Party during festivities held at The Pescatore Palace in Franklin Park, IL. In addition, the club present… 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
Sun Chemical and its parent company, Dainippon Ink & Chemicals (DIC), have formed a joint venture with Nantong Shanjing, a leading aluminum pigment manufacturer in China.   The joint venture, Nantong DIC Metallic Pigments Co., Ltd., expan… 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
Sun Chemical has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Nantong Shanjing Metallic Pigments Co., Ltd., a leading aluminum pigment manufacturer in China. This agreement allows Sun Chemical to market the Nantong Shanjing products for coat… Read More »
Published January 17, 2008
By mutual agreement, effective Dec. 31, 2007, Silberline will no longer distribute Geometric Pigment, manufactured by Spectratek Technologies. Spectratek will continue to manufacture a family of two Geometric Pigment products which offer formulators… Read More »
Published January 17, 2008
Lansco Colors, Montvale, NJ has recently acquired Dover, NJ-based Select Color Products. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Lansco Colors is a privately held company that  manufactures a broad range of organic and inorganic pigme… Read More »
Published January 17, 2008
Faced with increases in the costs of raw materials and the impact of recent events in the global supply chain, Sun Chemical will raise prices 8 percent for packaging inks in North America effective Jan. 1, 2008.       Despite Su… Read More »
Published January 11, 2008
Nazdar is the latest ink manufacturer to become a Xaar Approved Ink Partner and supports Xaar’s strategy to give end users the freedom to select from a wide range of approved inks. “We are delighted to be working with Nazdar,” said… Read More »
Published January 2, 2008
Sun Chemical appointed Rudi Lenz as its CEO and president, effective Jan. 1, 2008. Dr. Koji Oe, president of Dainippon Ink and Chemicals of Japan, Sun Chemical’s parent company, made the announcement on behalf of the Sun Chemical Board of Direc… Read More »
Published December 5, 2007
The Color Pigments Manufacturers Association’s (CPMA) 2008 International Color Pigments Conference, “Color Matters - New Business and New Products in a Global Marketplace” will be May 12-15, 2008 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort… Read More »
Published December 5, 2007
Evonik Industries has acquired the remaining 50 percent shares in its former carbon black joint venture Degussa Engineered Carbons (DEC)  from ECI. DEC will now be a 100 percent-owned subsidiary of Evonik. “Carbon black is one of our st… Read More »
Published December 3, 2007
Faced with increases in the costs of raw materials and the impact of recent events in the global supply chain, Sun Chemical will raise prices 8 percent for packaging inks in North America effective Jan. 1, 2008.   Despite Sun Chemical’s… 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 »
Published November 27, 2007
Tego Offers Micronized Waxes for Printing Inks Tego Coating Additives and Specialty Resins has introduced two new micronized waxes designed to improve scratch resistance and anti-blocking properties in printing inks and coatings. Vestowax X 41… Read More »
The Metallic Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 27, 2007
The metallic ink market is getting more and more competitive, driven by price, technology and innovation. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 27, 2007
For the most part, the past few years have been financially grim for the printing ink industry, as increasingly high raw material, operational and transportation costs have taken their toll on margins. According to the U.S.-based National Association… Read More »
Published November 21, 2007
Sun Chemical has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Nantong Shanjing Metallic Pigments Co., Ltd., a leading aluminum pigment manufacturer in China. This agreement allows Sun Chemical to market the Nantong Shanjing products for coat… Read More »
Published November 12, 2007
Altana Reports Contunued Growth Read More »
Published November 6, 2007
Sun Chemical has announced price increases in Europe of 6 to 12 percent, depending on the specific products, due to continued and rapid increases in raw material prices as well as shortages of many key ingredients, mainly for pigments’ manufact… Read More »
Published November 6, 2007
Color Resolutions International (CRI) has announced that effective Nov. 1, 2007 prices on all packaging inks will be raised from 7 to 14 percent, depending on the color and resin technology.      CRI president and CEO George Sickinge… 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 »
Environmental Issues are Impacting the Flexible Packaging Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 31, 2007
Flexible packaging has been one of the fastest growing printing sectors in Europe, but for ink producers, it is becoming one of the most challenging. Read More »
Published October 11, 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… Read More »
NPIRI Technical Conference Focuses on Inkmaker  Printer Relationship
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2007
The conference offered first-hand knowledge of the relationship between ink companies and printers. 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 »