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For Ink Manufacturers, Flexible Packaging Offers Opportunities and Challenges
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 10, 2005
Expansions in printing on flexible packaging, particularly plastic, are opening up new opportunities for ink makers but are also offering technological challenges. 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 »
Published October 10, 2005
Johnson Polymer, LLC announced a price increase of up to 3 cents per pound for emulsions and an average of 4 cents per pound for hard resins. These products are marketed under the trade name JONCRYL. The price change was effective May 15, 2004 in the… Read More »
Published October 10, 2005
Apollo Management, L.P., a private investment firm, and Eastman Chemical Company announced June 1 they have signed an agreement for Apollo to acquire certain businesses and product lines in Eastman’s coatings, adhesives, specialty polymers and… 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 »
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
Eastman Resins, Inc., Eastman Chemical Company’s resins business, will no longer sell Hydro-Rez acrylic emulsions, effective May 1.      Specific products affected are:      In the Americas: Hydro-Rez 3100, 3… 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 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 »
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
Lubrizol has completed its acquisition of the additives business of Avecia, headquartered in Blackley, U.K., comprising pigment dispersants marketed under the brand names Solsperse, Solplus and Solthix.      In 2003, Avecia Additives… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
In a move designed to refocus its efforts in the sheetfed varnish market, Eastman Resins is moving the production of Lawter Graphic Arts Technologies’ sheetfed varnishes to its LaVergne, TN plant. The company will continue to manufacture resins… Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
As the economy improves, vehicle and varnish manufacturers are hopeful that the printing ink industry will see improvement. However, rising crude oil prices are a serious concern. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Sartomer Company has added Lipscomb Chemical Company, Inc., Long Beach, CA to its network of agents. As of fourth quarter 2003, Lipscomb holds exclusive sales rights in Arizona, California and Nevada for Sartomer’s Poly bd, Krasol and SMA resin… Read More »
New Leaders in the Ink Industry
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
New executives from inside and outside the industry are having an impact on the ink business. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Effective Jan. 1, Johnson Polymer is implementing a price increase of $0.02 to $0.04 per pound on emulsions, resin solutions, additives and waxes; $0.04 per pound on polyurethane dispersions and urethane-acrylic hybrids; and $0.04 - $0.06 per pound o… 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 »
Published September 12, 2005
NeoResins Inc. (www.neoresins.com), a leading provider of waterborne resin technologies for application in water-based coatings, printing inks and adhesives, has expanded Fitz Chem Corporation’s Midwest territory of  Illinois, Indiana, Wis… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Akzo Nobel will form a new unit, ink and adhesive resins, by merging the businesses printing ink resins and pine specialties, with a combined total of 550 employees. The merger will be effective on Jan. 1.      The new sub-business u… 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
Fitz Chem Corporation, Elmhurst, IL, a Midwest distributor/sales agent of raw materials to the coatings, plastics, ink, construction and adhesives industries, announced that the territory it currently covers for NeoResins, Inc., which includes Illino… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Cognis Corporation’s graphic arts business has announced that market prices for its Versamid 700, Versamid 900 and Versamid 1655 polyamide resins will be raised by $0.05/lb. In addition, prices on its Versamid 972, Versamid 973, GAX 12-837 and… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Micro Inks and its parent company, Hindustan Inks and Resins, Limited announced that they have defeated the antidumping and subsidies allegations brought by Sun Chemical Corporation, General Press Colors, Ltd., Apollo Colors, Inc., Magruder Color Com… Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
While the raw material market is showing some signs of beginning to correct itself as some price increases have been announced, the question of whether the ink industry can support such increases remains uncertain. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Arizona Chemical, Jacksonville, FL, has expanded its capacity to produce dimerized rosin resins at its Port St. Joe, FL, facility.      The plant enhancements coincide with the re-introduction of Sylvaros PR 140, a high softening po… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
NeoResins (www.neoresins.com), a business unit of Avecia, has entered into an agreement with Indulor Chemie GmbH, 49577 Ankum, Germany and Indulor AG, 6300 Zug, Switzerland, in which NeoResins will distribute Indurez solid resins and Induprint soluti… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Eastman Chemical Company (www.eastman.com) honored one of its own by naming its Pleasant Prairie, WI, technical center for Lud Horn, former senior vice president of R&D at Eastman Resins, at a ceremony on June 26.      The dedic… Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Dock Resins (www.dockresins), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lubrizol Corporation, has officially changed its name to Lubrizol Dock Resins.              Purchased by Lubrizol in 2002, Lubrizol Dock Resi… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Gary C. Warehime was appointed president of Peninsula Polymers, Inc. (PPI), Kansas City, MO. Mr. Warehime brings to his new position many years experience in the chemical industry in both general management and sales.  He began his career in sal… Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Suppliers are banking on new technologies and cost efficiencies to help overcome rising raw material costs and the continued economic downturn. 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
Sartomer Company has promoted Bill Wittig, former marketing manager of monomers and oligomers, to business manager of its Specialty Polymers Group. In his new position, Mr. Wittig will oversee all business activities for the group, which supports for… 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
Reichhold, Inc. announced the promotion of Donna Massari to the position of vice president of supply chain. Ms. Massari joined Reichhold in December 2001 as the senior director of supply chain for the global composites business. In her new role, she… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Eastman Resins, Inc., a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company, expressed its sorrow at the death of Chris Serauskas. Mr. Serauskas passed away on Dec. 8, 2002 after a long illness and was laid to rest in Chicago, IL on Dec. 28. He was well known and… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Effective March 1, Johnson Polymer is implementing a price increase for North America on acrylic and styrene acrylic emulsions and resins, polyurethane dispersions and urethane-acrylic hybrids and high-solids acrylic polyols. Waterborne products will… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
In a new step to reinforce its position in surface technologies, UCB Chemicals announced the acquisition of the graphic arts business from Air Products for a reported $14 million. In addition, Air Products will sell its Langley, SC production facilit… Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
While pricing pressures continue, manufacturers look for ways to differentiate their products. Read More »
The Flexo Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The outlook for the flexo ink market continues to look strong as flexo makes further inroads in the packaging industry and new applications are being developed. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Kohl & Madden Printing Ink Corporation has completed extensive press testing of a series of new sheetfed offset inks called ETCHLess inks. These new inks print with water only; no fountain solution etch or alcohol substitutes are needed.  &n… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
UCB Chemicals has reached an agreement with Solutia to acquire Solutia’s resins, additives and adhesives activity for $500 million, plus a $10 million exclusivity fee.      The new entity is expected to become a strong global pla… Read More »
In Search of Continuous Improvement
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Ink companies and suppliers alike are utilizing Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Total Quality Management and other process improvement systems to improve all aspects of their business. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Arthur H. Schultheiss has been named industrial business unit director for Fres-co System USA, Inc. Mr. Schultheiss will be responsible for directing the commercial activities of Fres-co’s high-performance flexible packaging materials and syste… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Achieving ISO certification indicates that a company has put into place a quality management system to ensure it consistently provides products that meet customer and applicable regulatory requirements. Ink manufacturers have found that their many k… Read More »