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The U.S. Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published October 25, 2005
While most ink manufacturers saw sales growth in 2004, globalization, rising raw material costs and subsequent ink price increases were key topics in 2004. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Professionals interested in gaining deeper insight into the methods required to achieve improved batch-to-batch uniformity or dispersion stability should attend the two-day seminar “Consistent Mixing and Dispersing: The Theory and Technology of… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Magruder Color has signed an agreement with Chimigraf Iberica S.L. to be its exclusive distributor in the U.S. and Canada for nitrocellulose, polyamide and vinyl chips. Chimigraf, located in Barcelona, Spain, is one of the leading manufacturers and s… Read More »
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
Clariant has appointed John Clarke head of region for the pigments and additives division in North America.      Mr. Clarke joined Clariant in 1984 in Ireland and has since gained experience with several of the company’s divis… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Lansco Colors, Montvale, NJ, has acquired International Color & Chemical (ICC), South San Francisco, CA, for an undisclosed sum of money.      Lansco Colors is a 75-year-old privately-held company with a broad range of organic an… 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 »
Published October 25, 2005
Sun Chemical Corporation announced that Eastman Kodak Company will become the sole owner of graphic arts supplier Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) through redemption of Sun Chemical’s 50 percent interest in the joint venture. Completion of the d… Read More »
The Milling Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Process improvement and greater efficiency, reliability and repeatability are among the qualities milling manufacturers are emphasizing. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers’ Association (SOCMA) has awarded the 2004 Responsible Care Achievement Award to Sun Chemical Performance Pigments’ manufacturing facility in Muskegon, MI.      The award is given… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Xaar Plc and Lyson, Inc. have announced a brand licensing agreement whereby Lyson may market its GF 362 and GF 372 grand format inks as certified XAAR XJ128 compatible in Central and South America and the Caribbean.      These Lyson in… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
The acquisition of BASF Printing Systems by funds of the European private equity firm CVC Capital Partners (CVC) was closed Nov. 30. The sale covers all facilities and activities of the business, including the production of alkali blue at BASF Corpor… 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
Engelhard Corporation announced it is raising worldwide prices for all specialty kaolin-based pigments for industrial markets, including coatings, inks, polymers and related industries, effective Dec. 1, 2004 or as soon as contracts permit. This incr… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Effective Dec. 1, the pigments and additives division of Clariant will increase the prices up to 20 percent for products in its pigment and additive product portfolio. The main reasons for the price increase are the rising costs for raw materials, en… 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 »
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
Palmer Holland Inc. has appointed of Michael C. Johnson to the position of account manager.      Prior to joining Palmer Holland, Mr. Johnson served in managerial positions at the Bayer Corporation, including wood and vinyl coatings,… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Rockwood Specialties Group, Inc.’s subsidiary, Rockwood Pigments (U.K.) Limited, has acquired the Pigments and Dispersions business of Johnson Matthey Plc for approximately $50 million.      The Pigments and Dispersions busine… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Wolstenholme International Inc. is committed to being a long-term supplier of high quality carbon black dispersions and providing high levels of service and support for its customers.  However, in order to do that, company officials say they can… Read More »
NPIRI Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 24, 2005
This year's NPIRI Technical Conference blended technology and manufacturing perspectives. 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
Francois Marchio has been named vice president of the pigments division of EMD Chemicals, Inc. Mr. Marchio will be responsible for the automotive, industrial and cosmetic pigment product lines, as well as the cosmetic skin care ingredients, optics an… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Lumina Russet and Copper special effect pigments from Engelhard Corp. enable designers to enhance their products’ shelf appeal by adding rich, earthy, metallic copper and russet effects to inks, coatings and plastics, according to the company.… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Troy Corporation offers Troysperse 90W, a high performance universal pigment dispersant for both aqueous and solvent systems. Troysperse 90W, which acts as a dispersant and wetting agent, can enhance the properties of many products and applications i… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Ink Big Co., a Euclid, OH-based innovator and manufacturer of nano-technology digital ink and protective coatings for the digital graphic arts market, was the featured “Innovative Manufacturer” in the Small Business Administration’s… 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
The Color Pigments Manufacturing Association, Inc. (CPMA) is presenting “Innovation in Color Technology,” a two-and-a-half day conference for users and manufacturers of pigments. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on… Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 21, 2005
While pricing of key ingredients remains a concern, availability is becoming a serious issue for the ink industry, as the supply of key raw materials such as acrylic acid is not keeping up with demand. Read More »
European Report
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 21, 2005
Flexible Packaging Makes Gains in the European Market Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
ETAD, the Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers, has named Dr. Herbert Motschi ETAD executive director, effective Aug. 1. He replaces Dr. Eric Clarke, who is retiring after 26 years in various ETAD positi… Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
Ciba Specialty Chemicals recently opened its new Imaging & Inks Technical Center designed to support customers of its broad range of products in this market, including pigments, photoinitiators, acrylic resins, UV absorbers and light stabilizers.… Read More »
Published October 21, 2005
S.P. Morell and Company, a specialty chemicals distributor and manufacturers representative of raw materials to the coating, ink and adhesive industries, was recently appointed by Noveon Hilton Davis to distribute their entire line of colorants and d… 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 »
Suppliers Corner
Published October 10, 2005
Johnson Polymer Offers Two New Products for Formulating Printing Inks Johnson Polymer introduced two new products for formulating printing inks at the 49th Annual NPIRI Technical Conference. The first, Joncryl FLX 5000, is Johnson Polymer&rsquo… 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 »
Published October 10, 2005
Anthony J. Ameo Jr. has been named president of Eckart America L.P., a leading provider of metallic and pearlescent special effect pigments, powders, pastes, dispersions and printing inks.      Mr. Ameo will be responsible for the ov… 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 »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2005
While 2004 brings renewed optimism, increasing raw material costs and continued economic challenges remain concerns for resin manufacturers. Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Robert P. Edmonston has joined EC Pigments USA, the U.S. manufacturing and marketing subsidiary of European Colour plc, as president. The role of president of EC Pigments USA is a new one and reflects a change in its approach to group management. As… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Lansco Colors has appointed P.T. Hutchins as its sales agents in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Utah and New Mexico. P.T. Hutchins has recently expanded it sales organization in Texas and is planning further expansion.… 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 4, 2005
Ultra Additives has announced that Ron Matthews and Michael Laing have joined the company as regional sales managers.      Mr. Matthews has assumed responsibility for marketing and sales promotion of the company’s PCA&I pro… Read More »