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Published July 10, 2006
Sigma Technologies Int’l, LLC, Tucson, AZ, and Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc., Tamaqua, PA, announced the creation of a new company, Sigma Specialty Materials, LLC. Sigma Specialty Materials will focus on commercializing the unique state-of… Read More »
Ink and Equipment Manufacturers See Good Opportunities in Digital Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published July 7, 2006
Demand for digital printing continues to grow in Europe, and many ink manufacturers are expanding their digital ink portfolios. Read More »
Published June 19, 2006
Eighteen months after the signing of the joint venture agreement between Clariant and Hangzhou Baihe Chemical Co. Ltd. for the production of high-performance (HP) pigments in Hangzhou southwest of Shanghai, China, the new facility goes on stream.… Read More »
Published June 6, 2006
Silberline has formed a global strategic alliance with Taizhu, one of China’s top pearlescent pigment producers. Silberline and Taizhu will engage in joint marketing and technical cooperative programs aimed at visually enhancing the value of wo… Read More »
Published June 1, 2006
Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., the world's largest producer of thermoset resins, has completed its purchase of the global ink and adhesive resins business of Akzo Nobel. The business produces resins used to manufacture inks for commercial print… Read More »
Despite Achieving Price Increases, Pigment Manufacturers Face Challenges
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published June 1, 2006
Despite improving economic conditions, pigment leaders have numerous concerns, including rising raw material costs and offshore competition. Read More »
Published May 18, 2006
Degussa Engineered Carbons, LP (DEC) has appointed Mark Leigh vice president and business director, pigment blacks. Mr. Leigh, who is currently DEC regional sales manager in Chicago, replaces Dr. Karin Otto, who has accepted a new position with Degus… Read More »
Published May 18, 2006
Ciba Specialty Chemicals has appointed Tri-iso, Inc. as its West Coast distributor for Ciba coatings effects pigments, UV absorbers, hindered amine light stabilizers, antioxidants, photoinitiators and optical brighteners for the paint and coatings ma… Read More »
ALTANA Chemie Makes Major Gains In Ink, Coatings Markets
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 18, 2006
Acquisitions of Eckart, Kelstar and Rad-Cure are key in ALTANA Chemie's surge in effect pigments, coatings and sealants segments. Read More »
RFID and Printed Electronics
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 18, 2006
Experts predict that RFID and printed electronics will grow into a $16 billion business within the next 10 years. What role will the ink industry have in that growth, and who is best positioned to take advantage of this opportunity? Read More »
Published May 8, 2006
Silberline has formed a global strategic alliance with Taizhu, one of China’s top pearlescent pigment producers. Silberline and Taizhu will engage in joint marketing and technical cooperative programs aimed at visually enhancing the value of w… Read More »
Published April 17, 2006
Casimir “Caz” Grabacki, owner and founder of General Press Colors, Ltd. and a 50-year entrepreneur in the flushed color pigment industry, died April 14, 2006 at the age of 75.     After serving in the Marine Corps, Mr. Gr… Read More »
Published April 10, 2006
ALTANA AG has continued its dynamic growth course of the last years and again achieved record figures with double-digit increase in sales and earnings in 2005.      In 2005, consolidated sales rose by 10 percent to €3.3 billion… Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published April 10, 2006
UV/EB raw material suppliers are offering a number of new products to help meet their customers� needs in this growing market. Read More »
Increasing Domestic Demand, Exports Key Eastern European Printing Growth
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published April 10, 2006
Eastern Europe’s printing market is beginning to take shape nearly 15 years after the collapse of Communism ushered in an era of radical economic change in the region. As a result, a completely new printing sector is being created which could… Read More »
Flint Group
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published April 10, 2006
As the integration of the Flint Group proceeds, its leaders look at what has been accomplished and what the potential is for the company. Read More »
The U.S. Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published April 10, 2006
Mergers and acquisitions and higher raw material costs were the major news in 2005, as ink manufacturers raised prices and worked to improve their margins. Read More »
Published March 15, 2006
Tego Coating & Ink Additives Introduces Tego Dispers 655 Tego Coating & Ink Additives has introduced Tego Dispers 655, a new solvent-free dispersing additive for waterborne, solventborne and radiation curing formulations. Tego Dispers 655 s… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 14, 2006
We often discuss consolidation, tight pricing, changing technologies and overcapacity as major challenges faced by the ink industry and printers. These same issues are also critical  to key suppliers, including pigment manufacturers. In rece… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 14, 2006
Pigment manufacturers are facing numerous challenges, including tighter margins, higher raw material and operating costs, overcapacity and offshore competition. How these challenges are met will determine which companies will ultimately succeed. Read More »
Published February 16, 2006
ECKART will increase its prices for aluminum pigments, PVD pigments, aluminum-based printing inks and also zinc pigments throughout the world from March 1, 2006. The increase for aluminum-based printing inks is 3 percent, whereas the increase for… Read More »
Published February 10, 2006
Dr. Dirk Aulbert has been named new president of Flint Group’s European ink business. This position was previously held by Dr. Helmut Schmidt, who will be leaving the company after a transition period. Dr. Aulbert was born in Damme, Germany,… Read More »
Published February 6, 2006
The pigments business of Huntsman Corporation, Huntsman Tioxide, announced that it increased prices globally for all grades of titanium dioxide (TiO2) effective Jan. 1, 2006, or as contracts allow.      The increases were as follows:… Read More »
Published February 6, 2006
Effective January 1, 2006, Sandospers WF pigment preparations from Clariant’s Pigments & Additives Division are sold under the new brand name Flexonyl WF. The pigment preparations are particularly recommended for the production of water-bas… Read More »
Published February 6, 2006
A.R. Monteith Corporation has partnered with Avery Dennison to offer customers the first guaranteed imaging solution on the HP 5000 - 5500 printer.      Avery Dennison Graphics Division North America and A.R. Monteith now offer a war… Read More »
Published February 6, 2006
Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. announced that it has concluded a contract to acquire the Avecia Group’s Inkjet business, headquartered in Manchester, England, a leading global player in production and sales of dyes and inks for inkjet printers. The… Read More »
Fujifilm
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published February 6, 2006
Fujifilm's takeover of Avecia's business in inkjet inks at the end of last year demonstrates how rapidly the structure of key parts of the digital printing sector is moving towards a vertically integrated structure. Read More »
The Milling Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 6, 2006
With the ink industry showing some growth in 2005, mill manufacturers have seen some improvement in terms of capital expenditures. Read More »
Published January 27, 2006
Dave Frescoln, CEO, Flint Group; Dennis Kovalsky, vice president Automotive Coatings, PPG; Rick Westrom, vice president, strategic sourcing for INX International Ink Company; Isao Kameoka, director, Toyo Ink America; John Copeland, executive vice pre… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
Ultra Additives, LLC appointed Terri Dober to the position of West Coast regional sales manager. Ms. Dober will be responsible for sales in the industrial fluid, paint, coating, adhesive and wood preservative product industries in California, Washing… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
Sun Chemical Performance Pigments announces that Peter Krummeck has joined the organization as director of sales – international effective Dec. 1, 2005. In this role, Mr. Krummeck will be responsible for all sales and sales related activit… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers’ Association (SOCMA) awarded its 2005 Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S) Achievement Award to two of Sun Chemical Corporation’s pigment manufacturing facilities: Muskegon, M… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
As of Jan. 1, 2006 Eckart will increase prices for bronze powder, pastes and pellets by 8.5 percent worldwide. The increase for bronze-based offset printing inks will be 4 percent and 3 percent for bronze-based gravure and flexo inks. Price increases… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
Flint-Schmidt/XSYS Print Solutions has announced price increases for its printing inks across Europe.      The price increases for packaging inks ranges from 5 to 8 percent for water-based inks and 7 to 12 percent for solvent-based i… Read More »
Published January 12, 2006
"Color Pigments 2006 - A Global Perspective," the Color Pigments Manufacturers Association, Inc.'s (CPMA) 2006 International Color Pigments Conference which will be held April 18-20 in Chicago, IL, will feature an impressive line-up of spea… Read More »
Published January 5, 2006
The French subsidiary of Flint/XSYS, XSYS Print Solutions France S.a.S., Clermont (France) and SNPE S.p.A., Rescaldina (Italy), the Italian branch of Bergerac NC S.A., signed an agreement to transfer the pigmented chips business of SNPE Italia to Fli… Read More »
Published December 12, 2005
PolyOne Corporation introduces SeriesOne, a new line of screen printing inks offering printer friendly solutions for athletic and manual printers. SeriesOne inks are available through the SeriesOne authorized dealer network.      Ser… Read More »
Published December 12, 2005
SunJet, the inkjet ink division of Sun Chemical, announced that its Crystal SOV solvent inks have achieved approved status from print head manufacturer Xaar plc for use on XJ128 200+ and XJ128 360+ print heads.      The Crystal SOV… Read More »
Metallic and Special Effect Inks
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published December 12, 2005
Although price increases continue to affect the metallic and special effect ink market, suppliers focus on innovation to drive growth. Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published December 12, 2005
Ink producers and their suppliers in Europe gave a collective sigh of relief in November when the European Parliament voted in favor of changes to new European Union (EU) legislation on a controversial scheme on the safety of chemicals Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Sun Chemical Performance Pigments has announced a fuel surcharge on all North American shipments effective Nov. 15, 2005. The amount of the charge will be indexed against the average cost per gallon of diesel fuel based on a predetermined schedule an… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Pira International has expanded its global services offering through the addition of Intertech Corporation’s conferences and publications business.      The acquisition enables Pira to develop its global information services of… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Wolstenholme International Inc., West Chicago, IL, announced that Tartan Color & Chemical, Inc. is exclusively representing the company’s metallic ink and pigment and carbon black dispersion products throughout Canada.     … Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Magruder Color Company, Inc., which filed to reorganize its affairs under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code on June 2, 2005, has obtained a $3.5 million debtor-in-possession financing from 1029 Newark Investment Company, LLC, in which Pochtec… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Clariant’s Pigments & Additives Division announces a significant price increase of selected products effective Dec. 1, 2005.      The main drivers for this price increase are the continuously rising costs of raw materials,… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Effective Nov. 1, 2005, Sun Chemical Performance Pigments instituted a price increase of 5 percent on flush colors sold into the North American market.      “The entire chemical industry is suffering from unprecedented volatil… Read More »
NPIRI Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 16, 2005
Attendees gather in Las Vegas to examine 'Future Directions in Printing Ink' Read More »
Top International Companies
By Staff
Published November 16, 2005
The past year was one of tremendous changes, as major acquisitions such as the merger of Flint Ink and XSYS Print Solutions, Siegwerk Group's acquisition of SICPA Packaging Ink Division and Huber Group's acquisition of a majority share in Micro Inks dramatically reshaped the ink industry. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
The Huber Group has agreed to form an alliance with Micro Inks Ltd. The transaction is expected to be completed by early 2006. Once this transaction is completed, the Huber Group will have consolidated annual sales of $900 million. The Huber Group… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Sun Chemical has announced that Jeff Hed has joined the Performance Pigments North American sales team as an account manager on the West Coast.      Mr. Hed will focus on servicing Sun Chemical’s customers in California, Nevad… Read More »