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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 »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
While 2002 offered some slight improvement in the market, 2003 remains a time of uncertainty. Still, an increasing interest in value-added products provides some possibilities. Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The ink industry showed some growth in 2002, but uncertainty over the economy and raw materials remains a concern for 2003. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Cognis Corporation’s graphic arts business announced that it is increasing off list prices of its Versamid ink resins, effective Nov. 1, or as contracts allow.      The increase will impact all of the Versamid 700 and 900 seri… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Reichhold, Inc., Research Triangle Park, N.C., announced Sept. 26 that it has acquired the unsaturated polyester resin business of Millennium Polymer, a Houston, TX resin supplier.      “This acquisition further solidifies Reic… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Eastman Chemical Company announced plans Oct. 9 to further consolidate its manufacturing operations for products used in the ink and graphic arts markets. The company’s plants in LaVergne, TN and Rexdale, Canada, will be closed and production f… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
The Lubrizol Corporation announced that it has purchased Dock Resins Corporation, Linden, NJ from Landec Corporation on Oct. 24, 2002.      Dock Resins develops, manufactures and sells proprietary polymers including acrylic, methacry… Read More »
NPIRI Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Increased attendance indicates that program improvements over the years have made the NPIRI Technical Conference a much more essential program, and this year�s conference offered more value to its attendees. Read More »
UV/EB Update
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Despite the economic downturn, the radiation-curing industry continues to flourish, and many new opportunities for UV and EB are being developed. Read More »
International Top Companies
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
As our Annual International Top Companies Report illustrates, the printing ink industry is international in its scope, with Japan, U.S., Germany, Switzerland, U.K., Sweden, Holland, India, Belgium, Brazil and France home for the world�s top ink manufacturers. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Global specialty chemicals manufacturer Sartomer Company announced that it has signed three new distributors for its Norsolene line of hydrocarbon resins. The three companies – J.H. Calo Company, Inc., Dowd and Guild, Inc. and Brenntag Mid-Sout… Read More »
Packaging Ink Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The packaging ink market is constantly evolving and growing more sophisticated, and ink makers must work ever more closely with their customers. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Base-Line, an Auburn, WA-based supplier of consumable products to the graphic arts industry, announced two executive appointments. John Hauser has been named CEO of the company, as well as the president of ConverTech Group, of which Base-Line is a wh… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Sartomer Company, Exton, PA (www.sartomer.com) has formed a strategic alliance with Kaucuk, a.s., a member of the Unipetrol Group which is headquartered in the Czech Republic.      Under the terms of the alliance, Sartomer will hold… Read More »
Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
As the economy continues to struggle, printing ink companies are looking toward their suppliers for support. Read More »
By John Braddock, Akzo Nobel Resins
Published September 9, 2005
UV/EB Corner, a new feature created in conjunction with RadTech and written by its members, highlights what’s new and exciting in the field of graphic arts. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Eastman Chemical Company announced the consolidation of its adhesives and graphic arts businesses.  The new business unit, adhesives, polymers and inks, will be headed by Don Blair as general manager.  Mr. Blair is currently general manager… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Johnson Polymer announced a price increase on acrylic and styrene acrylic emulsions and resins, polyurethanes dispersions and urethane-acrylic hybrids, and high solids acrylic polyols. Waterborne products will increase between $0.02 - $0.04 per pound… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
The Coatings & Colorants Business Unit of Degussa AG is now on the web with a comprehensive service portal. At www.coatingscolorants.de and www.coatingscolorants.com customers of the supplier of crosslinkers, resins and colorants can access infor… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Eastman Chemical Company announced that Lawter International, Inc., will be renamed Eastman Resins, Inc., effective July 1, 2002. Eastman acquired Lawter in June 1999.      Eastman Resins, Inc., will operate as a wholly-owned subsidi… Read More »
Opportunities are Springing Up in Ink Jet Ink
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
The digital ink marketplace, where at one stage traditional ink producers seemed destined to remain outsiders, now seems to be offering new opportunities for growth for ink companies. Read More »
RadTech 2002 Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Forecast is for continued growth in radiation-curing market. Read More »
Ink Jet Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Opportunities for the ink jet market are tremendous for printing ink manufacturers, who are utilizing their experience in UV, screen and conventional inks as they make inroads into the industrial ink jet market. Read More »
The 2002 Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
Resin suppliers are hopeful that the second half of 2002 will bring with it an increase in business. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Reichhold, Inc., in conjunction with parent company, Dainippon Ink & Chemicals, Inc. (DIC), has agreed to complete the sale of its adhesives business to Forbo Holding AG, headquartered in Switzerland.      The intent to sell was or… Read More »
The U.S. Top 20
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2005
While the slowdown in the U.S. economy kept sales flat at best for most companies, some ink manufacturers discovered opportunities to grow during 2001. Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Engineered Polymer Solutions & Color Corporation of America has appointed D. B. Becker Co. Inc., Clinton, NJ, the exclusive northeast distributor for their complete line of water- and solvent-borne resins including acrylics, styrene acrylics, PVA… Read More »
European Ink Review
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published September 9, 2005
There are signs that the economic indicators may be turning around Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
The resins business line, a part of the coatings & colorants business unit of Degussa AG, Düsseldorf, has recently completed a restructuring of its organization with the formation of three product lines: advanced adhesives, precoated metal a… Read More »
Published September 9, 2005
Goodyear announced Dec. 28 that it has sold its specialty chemical business, based in France, and certain specialty chemical-related U.S. assets to Littlejohn & Company, LLC, a private equity firm in Greenwich, CT.      The sale… Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
Air Products Polymers, L.P. has introduced a comprehensive emulsions web site for its customers around the world. The site–www.airproducts.com/polymers–offers instant access to detailed information on its extensive line of emulsions marke… Read More »
NPIRI Conference Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
Blend of new features, old favorites make for a valuable time for attendees. Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
Dar-Tech, Inc., a distributor of pigments, functional additives, specialty additives, resins and lab instrumentation, is celebrating 50 years in business. Founded in 1951 as The Steven F. Dimlich Co., Dar-Tech serves the ink, coatings, paint, plastic… Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
Eastman Chemical Company has announced a plan to further consolidate its resins manufacturing for the coatings, adhesives and graphic arts businesses. The company said its subsidiary, Lawter International, will close its facility at Moundville, AL, a… Read More »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
Uncertain crude oil prices, economic conditions have raw material suppliers concerned about the future. Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
As a result of the reorganization of the TotalFinaElf chemical businesses, Sartomer Company has formed a new specialty polymers group that will market Poly bd hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene resins, SMA styrene maleic anhydride copolymer resins and… Read More »
U.S. Ink Forecast
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
U.S. ink manufacturers are preparing for a slow year as the U.S. economy remains weak and competition in key segments heightens. Read More »
The Asian Ink Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
Spurred by growing populations and surging exports, the printing industries in India and China are rapidly expanding, which is drawing increased attention from printing ink manufacturers. Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
Resins are a critical component for manufacturing inks. As the economy slows, increasing raw material costs are putting pressure on resin manufacturers to raise prices to ink companies. Read More »
The NAPIM Convention Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 6, 2005
A discussion on the similarities and differences between North American and European ink industries caps this year�s successful NAPIM convention. Read More »
Published September 6, 2005
Pittsburgh, PA-based Neville Chemical Company has named the C.L. Zimmerman Company as distributor for its complete product line to the southern portion of Ohio. Neville’s hydrocarbon resins  are used to enhance products in the ink, adhesiv… Read More »