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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 »
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 »