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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 »
Published October 4, 2005
Engelhard Corporation has formed an alliance with Prizmalite Industries Inc. to develop and market new effect and functional materials for a range of applications, including paints and coatings, plastics, printing inks, cosmetics and personal care pr… Read More »
Published October 3, 2005
The acquisition of U.S.-based Flint Ink Corporation by German-based XSYS Print Solutions was completed Sept. 30, 2005. The transaction closed following the August approval of the acquisition and subsequent merger by regulatory authorities in Europe a… Read More »
UV/EB Raw Materials
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 30, 2005
The UV/EB cure market has fared well in 2003, and as the technology becomes more widely used in new markets, the potential for growth in 2004 is promising. Read More »
The 2004 U.S Top 20
By Staff
Published September 30, 2005
While some ink manufacturers found 2003 to be another challenging year, some ink companies were able to generate strong growth. Meanwhile, the economic gains made in the fourth quarter of 2003 have ink companies optimistic about 2004. Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
Sun Chemical Performance Pigments has announced that Melissa Koester will join its North American sales force. Covering the greater Cincinnati, OH area, Ms. Koester will be responsible for establishing and developing relationships with ink, plastic,… Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
Altana Chemie AG, the specialty chemicals division of Altana AG, has signed an agreement to acquire Eckart GmbH & Co. KG, Furth, Germany for €630 million ($765 million).      Eckart, an international specialty chemicals grou… Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 19, 2005
As the price of oil derivatives and other key raw materials continues to increase and availability of some products remain a concern, ink manufacturers anticipate further challenges in the coming year. Read More »
Major Acquisitions are Transforming The European Printing Ink Industry
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 19, 2005
The European printing ink sector has been going through yet another bout of consolidation Read More »
Published September 19, 2005
The schedule for “Pigment Solutions Critical To Success,” a three-day conference and workshop program by the Color Pigments Manufacturers Association, Inc. (CPMA), has been announced. The program can be found at the CPMA’s web site,… Read More »
The European Ink Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 19, 2005
While there are signs of an economic upturn in the printing industry, ink manufacturers remain wary. Read More »
Ink Manufacturers Talk about Pigment Purchasing
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 19, 2005
When the subject of pigments comes up, the talk usually centers on price. Yet in speaking with ink industry executives, particularly leaders at smaller niche companies, properties and consistent quality are also of great importance. Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 13, 2005
Prices and worldwide overcapacity remain major concerns, but pigment manufacturers are somewhat optimistic about the prospects for 2004. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Lansco Colors has moved its laboratory from Passaic, NJ to Warwick, RI.  The new laboratory has two new experienced lab technicians, and is led by Cheryl Smithers, who spent more than 27 years at Hoechst/Clariant managing its quality control lab… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Dominion Colour Corporation (DCC), Toronto, Canada, has acquired the organic pigment product lines of Max Marx Color Corporation, Irvington, NJ. This acquisition is consistent with DCC’s focus on expanding its range of specialty organic pigment… Read More »
The Milling Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
As 2004 opens, mill manufacturers are waiting to see if the economic recovery in the U.S. will lead to greater capital expenditures. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Ciba Specialty Chemicals has opened a new technical center in Newport, DE tailor-made to support its colored effects and colorant customers in the NAFTA region.      “In these days of global business, it is absolut… Read More »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Most companies found that 2003 was a slight improvement over 2002. Read More »
Despite Modifications, REACH Remains a Concern
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Under pressure from industry and politicians, the European Commission has watered down its proposals for a new regulatory framework on chemicals and their downstream uses. However, industry leaders feel it needs to do more. Read More »
The Year In Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
After another challenging year, ink executives are cautiously optimistic as they look ahead to 2004 Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Spectra Colors Corp. has been presented with the “Excellence in Customer Service Award for 2003” from Sanford Corporation, the world’s largest writing instrument manufacturer/marketer and the maker of Sharpie markers and PaperMate b… Read More »
The UV Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The market for UV inks is expected to continue its strong growth as new technologies are developed. Read More »
The International Report 2003
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The international nature of the printing ink industry is ever more apparent, as the leading ink manufacturers span the globe from Japan, the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K., Holland, India, France and Brazil. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
As of July 1, three business units (BU) of Clariant’s Pigments & Additives Division (www.clariant.com) have new leadership: Plastic Industries, Printing Industries and Specialized Industries. Together with Coating Industries, the four BUs a… Read More »
High Performance Pigments
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Despite higher costs, improved properties are driving growth for high performance pigments in a variety of printing markets, including packaging, outdoor signage and non-impact printing. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
At its May meeting, the Chicago Printing Ink Production Club (CPIPC) enjoyed a presentation by Alex Semijalac of Soultions Dispersions, Inc., who discussed “Carbon Black Characteristics and Printing Ink Applications.”   … Read More »
The Ink Jet Ink Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 12, 2005
Of all the segments for ink jet technologies, the wide format market offers the greatest opportunity for growth for ink manufacturers looking for areas to develop and market new ink jet inks. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Rockwood Pigments has announced a price increase impacting its North American iron oxide pigment product line effetive on shipments after May 1. The increase represents a 5 percent rise depending the specific grade and order quantity.   … Read More »
Pigment Producers Rely on Innovation, Cooperation to Move Forward
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
European producers are having to step up their technological efforts to ensure they hang on to key specialty segments. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Swada Colours, makers of fluorescent pigments, announced the opening of their new warehouse and customer service location in South Bend, IN. The new location was established to provide prompt product shipment, literature and samples to customers, acc… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
The pigments division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has developed a uniform design for its complex product and brand structure and reworked the brand architecture.      From now on, the pearl luster pigments, which up to now ha… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Ciba Specialty Chemicals has announced a major expansion of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Monthey, Switzerland. A new production line is to be added to increase capacity for Ciba’s high-performance diketo-pyrrolo-pyrrole (DPP)… Read More »
NAPIM Convention Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
There are signs that the ink industry may see economic improvement in 2003. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
The recent Color Pigments Manufacturers Association conference, “The Changing Face of the Color Pigments Industry,” held Feb. 18-20 in Washington D.C., was the first conference for which CPMA placed all of the proceedings on a CD-ROM. &… Read More »
The U.S. Top 20
By Staff
Published September 9, 2005
In spite of the continued economic challenges they are facing, some ink companies were able to find opportunities for growth in 2003. Read More »
Paper, Ink Suppliers Work Closer Together
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Paper companies are devoting more effort to learning about the relationship between the surface of paper and inks Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Engelhard Corporation announced that it has formed an alliance with Nippon Sheet Glass to develop and market new special-effect pigments for makers of coatings, plastics, inks and cosmetics. The two companies are developing new metal-oxide-coating te… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Xaar plc, Cambridge, U.K., has teamed up with Sericol Imaging to launch a new fast-drying solvent ink set – the Color+ XA ink series – for the graphic arts printing market.      The Color+XA ink series was specifically de… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Sun Chemical Corporation has completed its acquisition of Bayer Polymers LLC’s high-performance organic pigment business located in Bushy Park, SC.      The business is a supplier of high-performance organic pigments used in coat… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
2002 was essentially a flat year for pigment companies, but global politics, raw material supply and cost uncertainties, increasing competition and pricing pressures are among the concerns that are facing pigment manufacturers in 2003. Read More »
European Ink Market Faces Another Challenging Year in 2003
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
European ink producers are preparing themselves for a period of tough market conditions in 2003. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Degussa announced that Daniel Goldberg has been named technical market manager for the company’s advanced fillers and pigments business unit. In this new position, Mr. Goldberg will be responsible for Acematt matting agents and pigment black co… Read More »