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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 »
The Publication Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2007
Publication printers and ink manufacturers are facing a wide variety of challenges, including a changing marketplace, higher costs and customer consolidation. Read More »
Instability of Raw Material Prices, Supply is a Major Concern for Ink Manufacturers
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 10, 2007
Although ink companies appear likely to be able to pass along higher prices to their customers, there remain serious concerns about supply and pricing. Read More »
Published October 10, 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' manufacturing.… Read More »
Published September 25, 2007
Color Resolutions International (CRI) has announced that effective November 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 Sickinger indicated tha… Read More »
Published September 19, 2007
BASF Corporation has announced a new distributor network to support customers of its performance chemicals for coatings, plastics and specialties business in the U.S.      “We believe that we now have a structure in place to bett… Read More »
Published September 19, 2007
ALTANA AG substantially increased sales and earnings in the first half of 2007 compared to the previous year. Sales increased by 7 percent, rising from €659 million to €705.7 million.      The growth in sales was particular… Read More »
Published September 11, 2007
Saint-Gobain ZirPro Launches Zirmil.2 Saint-Gobain ZirPro recently launched its Zirmil.2, a yttria stabilized zirconia media belonging to the ceramic bead range including ER120, Rimax and ZirStar. Zirmil.2 offers a more cost effective solution… Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 11, 2007
In recent years, stable pigment prices have helped ink manufacturers weather surging crude oil prices. The elimination of the VAT refunds on pigments in China is changing all of that. Read More »
Positioning Sun Chemical for the Future
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 11, 2007
Dr. David Hill, Sun Chemical's president and CEO, talks about the present state of the printing and ink industries as well as Sun Chemical, and what lies ahead. Read More »
Ink and Pigment Manufacturers Weigh Their Options as REACH Nears
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 11, 2007
It is becoming evident that for certain ink makers and raw materials suppliers, the task may be more difficult and expensive than expected. There is even a danger that costs will be so high that certain ink materials may have to be taken off the market. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 11, 2007
For the past several years, the printing ink industry and its suppliers have been battling higher raw material prices, largely brought on by the increased cost of crude oil. The resulting higher prices of feedstocks has led to numerous price increase… Read More »
Published September 10, 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 demand for chemical… Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
Degussa GmbH has doubled its production plant capacity for carbon black in Paulinia, Brazil, to 100,000 tons per year. With the expansion of capacity in Paulinia, Degussa is augmenting its position as the world’s second largest manufacturer of… Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
Clariant announced further increases of various product segments of the Textile, Leather and Paper Chemicals, Pigments and Additives as well as Functional Chemicals Division with immediate effect.      A continued high level of crude… Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
Ciba Specialty Chemicals announced that the Coatings Effects Segment will initiate a price increase of between 10 and 20 percent for most classical pigments. Price increases will be effective immediately or as contracts allow.     … Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments Division announced a price increase on pigments globally, effective immediately. The price increase affects classical azo and phthalo, high performance, pearlescents, preparations, and flushes between 5 and 3… Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
ALTANA AG substantially increased sales and earnings in the first six months of 2007 compared to the previous year. Sales increased by 7 percent, rising from €659.0 million to €705.7 million. Adjusted for negative exchange rate effects of 3… Read More »
The Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published August 7, 2007
In light of the major changes in the printing ink industry in recent years, 2006 was a time of relative stability as ink manufacturers continued to increase their efforts into growing markets and regions. Read More »
High-Performance Pigments
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published August 7, 2007
As the market size grows and customers continue to demand more sophisticated technologies, the future for HPPs remains bright. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published August 7, 2007
This month, Ink World is pleased to bring to our readers our annual Top International Ink Companies, our comprehensive look at the leading ink manufacturers worldwide, which begins on page 24. Overall, 2006 was a relatively stable year, with few mer… Read More »
Published July 13, 2007
Ciba has announced that the Business Line Imaging and Inks will initiate a price increase of 10 to 20 percent for its Lake Red C pigment products for ink applications. All price increases will be effective immediately or as contracts allow. This pric… Read More »
Published July 13, 2007
ALTANA AG has signed a contract to acquire the worldwide effect pigments and inks business of Wolstenholme Group Ltd.In 2006, Wolstenholme achieved sales of approximately €29 million in this business area. The purchase price for the business is… Read More »
Published June 20, 2007
ALTANA AG has signed a contract to acquire the worldwide effect pigments business of the British company Wolstenholme Group Ltd. In 2006, Wolstenholme achieved sales of approximately €29 million in this business area. The purchase price for th… Read More »
Published June 20, 2007
Flint Group Pigments announced that effective July 1, 2007, Frauke F. Meissner will assume the position of vice president and general manager, Flint Group Pigments - Europe Region. Ms. Meissner will replace Hans Olschner upon his retirement in July.&… Read More »
Published June 11, 2007
A new ink that is about to hit the market from Sun Chemical Screen could help users of solvent-based HP Scitex Turbojet digital superwide format presses across Europe save up to 20 percent in consumable costs.     Sun Chemical Screen&#… Read More »
Published June 8, 2007
Rockwood Holdings, Inc. announced that Rockwood has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the global color pigments business of Elementis plc for approximately $140 million. The business had sales of approximately $172 million and EBITDA of $18 mi… Read More »
Published June 8, 2007
Inca Digital Printers has launched Inca Onset, a breakthrough in large format UV digital flatbed printing. Handling print sizes up to 3.2x1.5m (10.5x5 ft) and printing at speeds of 500 sq m/hr (5382 sq ft/hr), the automated Inca Onset delivers 100+ f… Read More »
CPMA Examines The Value of Color
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 6, 2007
CPMA's 2007 International Conference focused on the importance of color in the ink, coatings and cosmetics industries. Read More »
Published June 6, 2007
Cytec Launches Energy Curable Polyester Acrylate For Flexographic Inks Cytec Industries has launched Ebecryl 453 UV/EB curable resin for the production of flexographic inks designed for emerging applications in filmic packaging, folding cartons… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 6, 2007
There has been much focus on raw material costs, extremely competitive pricing and uncomfortably narrow margins  in the ink and allied industries in recent years. These concerns are understandable.     However, it should also be r… Read More »
European Pigment Report
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published June 6, 2007
Chinese pigment producers, gains in pigment dispersants and REACH are among the key issues facing European pigment manufacturers. Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 4, 2007
Providing strong product development and expertise is helping resin manufacturers make gains in the marketplace. Read More »
The Global Reach of REACH
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 24, 2007
There is little doubt that the European Union’s adoption of the controversial REACH regulations will have a major impact Read More »
Published May 10, 2007
Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments Division raised prices on dry and presscake pigments effective April 16, 2007 as follows: • Azo reds by $0.30/lb. • Azo yellows by $0.15/lb. • Violet 23 by $0.50/lb. Prices for dispersi… Read More »