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Published July 1, 2006
The acquisition of resins manufacturer Johnson Polymer by BASF was closed on July 1, 2006. The acquisition includes Johnson Polymer’s production sites in the U.S. and the Netherlands, as well as technical centers and offices in Asia Pacific. It… Read More »
Published July 1, 2006
Sun Chemical announced price increases of 9 percent on all publication inks, effective July 1, 2006. Additionally, surcharges will be applied where necessary to cover increasing costs in energy and freight. "Despite our efforts to mitigate… Read More »
Published June 6, 2006
DSM NeoResins announces the following appointments, which have been made upon the retirement of Henk van de Wiel, commercial director of DSM NeoResins.      The business managers will expand the DSM NeoResins Business Management Team… 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 »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 1, 2006
In recent years, there have been few bright spots for the printing ink industry. In terms of regional growth, certain major markets have, at best, witnessed slight growth. However, the Asia-Pacific region has been the area of greatest opportunity for… Read More »
e5 Attracts Record Number of Attendees, End-Users
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 1, 2006
The rapid growth of UV and EB are clearly illustrated by the record number of attendees, most notably end-users, who came to the show Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 1, 2006
Resin manufacturers have been facing the same pressures as the ink industry in the past few years, including higher raw material prices and tight competition. Read More »
Published May 31, 2006
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the inks and adhesive resins business of Akzo Nobel of The Netherlands by Hexion, which is owned by the Apollo Group. The commission concluded that the tra… Read More »
Published May 18, 2006
TAG Polymers, an Austin, TX-based fluoropolymer processing business, announced the completion of a technology upgrade of its manufacturing facility located in San Marcos, TX. The company, which processes and manufactures fluoropolymer resins or micro… Read More »
Published May 2, 2006
BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, announced an agreement to acquire resins manufacturer Johnson Polymer, a subsidiary of JohnsonDiversey Inc. of Sturtevant, WI. The respective agreement signed on May 1, 2006 provides for a sale price of $470 million. The… 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 »
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 14, 2006
Sartomer Company announced the opening of Sartomer Japan in Tokyo. Part of the Sartomer Asia division, the new office will serve formulators and chemists throughout Japan, providing technical and sales support for Sartomer’s entire line of spec… Read More »
European Ink Review
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published March 14, 2006
Consolidation, higher raw material costs and lower margins remain major topics heading into 2006 and beyond. 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
Dan Kickel has been named vice president and general manager of PolyOne Corporation’s Polymer Coatings Systems business.       Mr. Kickel will lead the strategic development of the business along with overseeing the day-t… 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 »
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 »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 6, 2006
When it comes to vehicles and varnishes, ink manufacturers are looking for innovation at an affordable price. Read More »
Published January 30, 2006
Sartomer Company announced the opening of Sartomer Japan in Tokyo. Part of the Sartomer Asia division, the new office will serve formulators and chemists throughout Japan, providing technical and sales support for Sartomer’s entire line of spec… 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
Effective Dec. 1, 2005, the Cytec Surface Specialties businesses implemented a line item fuel surcharge of $.03 per kg. on every shipment for which Cytec is responsible for freight.      The surcharge will apply to radiation curable… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. announced that it will raise prices in the Americas effective Jan. 1, 2006 for various resins and ingredients used in formulating printing inks. “Ongoing cost increases for both raw materials and energy make… 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 December 12, 2005
Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. is the latest U.S. ink manufacturer to be announced as an official ink partner with digital inkjet printhead manufacturer Xaar plc of Cambridge, UK.      This ink agreement relates specifically to Hex… 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 »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 12, 2005
Mergers and acquisitions, which have been scarce in recent years, dominated the news in 2005. Read More »
Published November 29, 2005
Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., the world's largest producer of thermoset resins, announced today that it has made an offer to purchase the global ink and adhesive resins business of Akzo Nobel. The purchase price will be €88 million ($100… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Effective Nov. 1, 2005, or as contract terms allow, the Epoxy Products and Intermediates business of Dow Chemical Company increased prices for all grades of epoxy resins sold in North America by $0.05 per pound.      Dow said the in… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Cytec Surface Specialties Inc., a subsidiary of Cytec Industries Inc., announced price increases of between $0.08 and $0.23 per pound for its radiation curable product lines in North America, Mexico and Latin America effective Oct. 15, 2005.  &… 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
Clariant’s pigments and additives division, Sulzbach, Ts., Germany and Hangzhou Baihe Chemicals Co. Ltd, Zhejiang Province, China, have announced that a joint venture agreement has been signed for the production of high-performance organic pigm… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Sun Chemical has announced price increases and surcharges averaging 6 to 9 percent on all inks and coatings, which started June 1. These increases will be applied to all inks and coatings sold in the U.S. and Canada.      In additio… Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Higher raw material costs, short supply of some key ingredients and tighter margins continue to be serious issues for ink and resin manufacturers alike. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Sartomer Company will increase the list and off-list prices of its Norsolene hydrocarbon resins by 6 cents per pound as of May 1. This increase is due to the continuing rising costs of raw materials and energy, as well as increasing costs associated… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Effective immediately, CCP’s Coatings Resins Group implemented a 2005 volume sales control program for all acrylic-containing coatings resins.  According to Dan Kile, vice president of polymers for CCP, the action is necessitated by the… Read More »
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
Surface Specialties, Inc. announced that three of its North America production sites have achieved all-time safety records. Two plants have achieved “zero” lost-time incidents for more than 11 consecutive years, while a third has just rec… 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
Noveon will implement price increases for resins and polymers in North America, effective Jan. 17. Products affected include those used in paint and coatings; specialty paper and adhesives; electronics; inks; overprint varnishes and coatings; and tex… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Surface Specialties, Inc. announced price increases of between 15 cents to 25 cents per pound for all its UV/EB curable monomers, oligomers and photoinitiators in North America, Mexico and Latin America, effective Feb. 1, 2005 or as contracts allow.… 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 »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Although there generally were signs of improvement in 2004, vehicle and varnish suppliers are watching raw material pricing and profitability closely in 2005. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Sartomer Company promoted Jim Horgan to vice president of technology, effective Jan. 1. Mr. Horgan will be responsible for Sartomer’s technology group, including product and process development, applications and technical service groups. He wil… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Surface Specialties UCB announced a price increase of 12 cents per pound for all Crylcoat polyester resins, Uvecoat UV curable resins and Additol additives master batches sold in North and South America for all orders shipped on or after Jan. 1, 2005… Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
 Sartomer Company will increase the price of its Poly bd hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene resins as of March 1, 2005 (April 1, 2005 for contract customers) in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region.      Poly bd R45HTLO will… 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 »