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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 »
The Asian Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 7, 2007
Driven by economic growth in China, India and other key countries, the Asia-Pacific region continues to grow at a fast pace, and is poised to become the largest region in terms of printing ink. Read More »
Published May 1, 2007
Fujifilm Sericol's vast experience in innovative UV digital ink formulations, and understanding of the needs of the market, has been central to the development of the Onset. Read More »
Published April 12, 2007
Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc. announced that Dr. Parfait Jean Marie Likibi recently joined the firm as chief technology officer, global technology. Dr. Likibi holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the Institut National… Read More »
Published April 4, 2007
Cognis Expands Versamid PUR Resins Cognis has expanded its range of Versamid PUR resins with new products in the Versamid PUR 1000, 1100 and 7000 series. These resins, used in for flexible packaging lamination applications, combine excellent pe… Read More »
UV/EB Raw Materials
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published April 4, 2007
Issues such as rising energy costs and environmental regulations are driving the market for UV/EB technologies. Read More »
Ink Companies are Being Called Upon To Help Drive Toward Carbon Labeling
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published April 4, 2007
The European printing industry and its suppliers are having to become much more active on the issue of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions due to public awareness about global warming. Read More »
The North American Top 20
By Staff
Published April 4, 2007
North American ink manufacturers generally reported improved results in 2006, as key printing markets enjoyed growth and raw material prices showed signs of stabilizing. Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
Elementis plc has appointed David Dutro to the board as group chief executive and announced the appointment of Greg McClatchy as President of Elementis Specialties.       Mr. Dutro was president and COO, Elementis worldwide, a p… Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
Effective March 31, 2007, Silberline will globally increase the price of all aluminum pigments by the equivalent of USD $0.20 per pound (€0.35 per kilogram). This increase is necessitated by significant increases in the costs of key raw material… Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
Wolstenholme International Inc. launched its new Unipak SuperCure metallic inks for UV offset and UV flexo printing. These technologically advanced metallic inks are manufactured with a superior selection of bronze and aluminum pigments as well as sp… Read More »
Published March 15, 2007
ALTANA AG has significantly increased consolidated sales by 18 percent to almost €3.9 billion in the business year 2006 – the last one in its former group structure. Adjusted for exchange rate, divestment and acquisition effects, ALTANA ac… Read More »
Published March 13, 2007
Tego Dispers 685 For Rad-Cure Inks Tego Coating Additives and Specialty Resins has introduced Tego Dispers 685, a new wetting and dispersing additive designed for preparing pigment concentrates for radiation curable industrial coatings and print… Read More »
The Pigment Report
Published March 13, 2007
Although 2006 was a year of improvement, pigment manufacturers are coping with a wide variety of challenges, including raw material pricing and supply issues and overcapacity. Read More »
The European Ink Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published March 13, 2007
Sales of printing inks rose throughout Europe in 2006, but raw materials, REACH and the overall outlook for print media remain serious concerns. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 13, 2007
Looking at Similarities Between The Ink and Pigment Industries Read More »
Published February 6, 2007
Commercial applications, marketing and technical breakthroughs will illustrate vividly the conference theme, “The Value of Color,” at the 2007 CPMA International Conference on High Performance and Traditional Color Pigments to be held at… Read More »
Published February 6, 2007
Effective March 31, 2007, Silberline will globally increase the price of all aluminum pigments by the equivalent of USD $0.20 per pound (€0.35 per kilogram).      This increase is necessitated by significant increases in the co… Read More »
Published February 6, 2007
Effective Jan. 1, 2007, the operations of EC Pigments USA and Magruder will be managed as a single entity, headquartered out of Fall River, MA. This combination will give each business access to different technologies and different approaches to pigm… Read More »
Published February 6, 2007
Xaar has approved Fujifilm Sericol’s Color+ XV ink for use with the company’s XJ-128/40W and XJ-126/50 inkjet printheads. The combination of Fujifilm Sericol’s high-performance pigmented solvent inks and Xaar’s piezoelectric t… Read More »
The Milling Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published January 26, 2007
Milling and mixing equipment manufacturers have reported that increasing interest in UV, digital and nanotechnology is creating new opportunities. Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 26, 2007
Vehicles and varnishes play a critical role in ink, and terms such as 'guts' and 'heart of the ink' speak to their importance. Ink makers rely on their suppliers to help provide the critical characteristics that printers seek. Read More »
Published January 26, 2007
ALTANA AG has significantly increased consolidated sales by 18 percent to almost €3.9 billion in the business year 2006 – the last one in its former group structure. Adjusted for exchange rate, divestment and acquisition effects, ALTANA ac… Read More »
Published January 11, 2007
RPM International Inc. acquired the daylight fluorescent, phosphorescent and thermochromatic pigments business of The Dane Group. Located in Manchester, England, this business has annual revenues of approximately $20 million. Terms were not disclosed… Read More »
Published January 11, 2007
The cost of oil and natural gas has continued to maintain historically high levels despite the recent softening of the crude prices. The continued effect on the prices of the chemical raw materials and pigments used to formulate flexo and gravure pac… Read More »
Toyo Ink Celebrates 100 Years, Looks Ahead to the Future
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 8, 2007
As Toyo Ink commemorates its 100th anniversary, the company continues to build on its core business and branch out into a wide range of related fields. Read More »