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Published May 25, 2010
The field of energy curing continues to enjoy expansion despite the economic downturn. Read More »
Published May 24, 2010
UV/EB technology continues to show growth despite the recession. Read More »
Published May 24, 2010
As UV/EB use grows, more end-users are looking to learn about the potential possibilities for energy-curing. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 12, 2010
In the last issue of Ink World, I noted that in the North American Top 20 Report as well as The Pigment Report, the executives I spoke with felt the worst was behind them, and that there were some signs of improvement in both the economy in general… Read More »
End-Users Highlight Potential Of Printed Electronics at PE Europe 2010
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 11, 2010
There are clear signs that both the technical innovations and commercial possibilities that are the keys to PE's future are continuing to move forward Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 24, 2010
As is the case throughout the printing ink supply chain, the pigment industry has faced difficult challenges in recent years from both its customer and raw material bases. There has been reduced demand from ink companies as printers have suffered fr… Read More »
The North American Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published March 24, 2010
The Recession Takes a Toll on the Ink Industry Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 24, 2010
The past year was a challenging one for pigment manufacturers. Demand for pigments generally declined due to the recession, and customers also looked to cut inventories. As a result, the market shrank, leading to more competition. Still, there were… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 13, 2010
The past few years have been difficult ones for the ink industry, leading to companies cutting back on their expenditures. Capital expenditures for equipment is one area that typically suffers during a recession, and the past year and a half have fol… Read More »
The Milling and Mixing Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 12, 2010
For manufacturers of milling and mixing equipment, 2009 was challenging, but there were some signs of improvement near the end of the year. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 15, 2009
The global economic recession is taking a major toll on virtually all industries, and printing ink is no exception. The past year has been a difficult one, and 2009 does not appear to be getting off to a good start. There are not a whole lot of grow… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 9, 2009
The daunting challenges that the printing ink industry has faced in the past few years are well known to all of us. The slow decline in the publication printing industry has been ongoing for a while now. The sudden surge in crude oil prices that bega… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 3, 2009
Perseverance Pays Off for Brewer’s Printing Ink of Georgia By David Savastano For a company to reach its 25th anniversary,it usually has had to navigate some difficult times in order to reach that milestone. For Brewer’s Pri… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 2, 2009
When people thought of the top leaders in the international printing ink industry, H. Howard Flint II’s name was very much at the top of the list. The news that Mr. Flint, 66, chairman and retired CEO of Flint Ink Corporation, passed away June… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 2, 2009
As anyone connected with the ink industry knows, the past 12 months will most likely be remembered for soaring raw material costs. This surge has led to price increases for key feedstocks and other essential ingredients ranging from acrylic acid and… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 2, 2009
For the past few years, year-end results for printing ink manufacturers were, in a word, disappointing. Sales for most ink segments were down, and prices were off even more, a combination that deservedly causes concern. At its annual convention held… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 2, 2009
During the second half of 2004, two themes – one good and the other one troublesome – were consistently were heard from printing ink manufacturers. The good news was that sales were picking up for most ink manufacturers, which was the fir… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 2, 2009
As the ink industry closed the books on 2004, there were some signs that 2005 would be much different than the previous few years, beginning with the sense that sales rose at the end of 2004. There were also much-needed price increases implemented by… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 2, 2009
The long decline in ink prices has taken a toll on ink manufacturers. As prices have declined, ink executives have struggled to find ways to become more efficient, but even with those measures, margins have suffered. During 2004, the law of supply a… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 11, 2009
There has not been a lot of good news for ink manufacturers in the past few years, as dramatically higher raw material prices, driven by skyrocketing crude oil prices, was quickly followed by a deep global recession that heavily impacted the printing… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
For countless years, people in the ink industry have longed for ink prices to rise. Instead, there has been a relentless downward spiral in the price of most inks, as many companies compete with an eye toward market share, and margins have suffered g… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
During the past few years, the economic slump that impacted a large segment of the global economy changed the way companies handled their business. In particular, businesses were forced to become more conservative, looking for ways to cut costs and g… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
The printing ink industry continues to evolve, and in these ever-changing times, there is a serious need for companies to work together to ensure that challenges are met. That is the primary purpose of trade associations. In the U.S., the National As… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
In recent years, the primary concern for purchasing executives at ink companies has centered around pricing. In order to keep some level of profitability during tight economic conditions, ink companies kept pressure on suppliers to keep prices as low… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 30, 2009
Anyone who walks through a supermarket or a bookstore’s magazine section knows that the world of packaging and publishing is a colorful one. The reason, of course, is that consumers notice color, and studies show that much of what is purchased… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 30, 2009
For anyone who remains uncertain about the possibilities of ink jet, a visit to Drupa 204 would have been the perfect cure. Digital technologies were on display throughout the 17 halls of Drupa, and it is amazing to see how far ink jet has come in ju… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 30, 2009
Employees and employers alike in every field are facing the impact of rising health care costs. With average increases for premiums in double-digits, employers are faced with the problem of having employees pick up more of the costs, thus making comp… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
While there seems to be somewhat of a recovery underway in the U.S., there is no denying that the economic slump that has impacted most of the world in the past few years has strongly affected the U.S. printing ink industry. This was borne out in th… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
For any manufacturing industry, trade shows are an opportunity for companies to showcase to products and services to its customers. The printing ink industry is no exception, as trade shows are a way to meet with end-users as well as to network with… Read More »
Published October 29, 2009
TWGA Report: VDP Gaining Acceptance for Commercial Printers By David Savastano 'The latest economic indicators from the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) bring good news: • Sales rose 3.9 percent in December fo… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
The pigment industry has faced a great many challenges in recent years, in particular because of worldwide overcapacity and the influx of offshore products. This has led to decreases in prices for many products, and in some cases, dramatic reductions… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 28, 2009
For the past few years, there has been little reason to cheer the results for the printing ink industry. As has been the case with the ink industry’s customers and its suppliers, the last few years have been economically difficult for most comp… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 28, 2009
Ever since January 1997, when Ink World published the U.S. Ink Directory, the first and only such listing of U.S. ink manufacturers, we have always kept a close ear to the industry. Since then, we have annually updated our directory, keeping our read… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
As we head toward the last days of 2003 and look forward to 2004, it’s only natural to review what has occurred during the past year. Unfortunately for the ink industry, 2003 was, for the most part, all too reminiscent of the last few years. A… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
It is a basic truth in the business world that innovative products can make or a break a company, and that a business that rests on its laurels for too long becomes stagnant and is usually surpassed by hungrier competitors. A quick look at the chang… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
Since the end of 2000, most printing ink manufacturers have found very little to cheer about from their business. During the past three years, the slumping economy has taken its toll in the U.S., and ink companies have felt the effects of the printin… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
Each September, Ink World publishes its annual Buyers’ Guide, a comprehensive listing of suppliers of everything important to the manufacture of printing ink, from key raw materials spanning from adhesion promoters to zinc oxide, and equipment… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 15, 2009
Time and again, we hear about the importance of providing value to the marketplace. Certainly, as consumers we all are looking for the best value, whether it is in a car, a restaurant, a place to live or virtually any other choice. Defining “v… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 15, 2009
There are many changes occurring in the ink industry. In particular, there have been tremendous gains made in the field of digital printing during recent years. Ink jet printing has had a major impact well beyond what was initially predicted by many… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 15, 2009
For years, printing ink companies have complained that printers are increasingly looking at ink as a commodity, rather than considering the value that ink brings to the printing process. Unfortunately, it is not much of a secret that in the rush to… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Last month, the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) held its annual convention in Naples, FL. During the convention, the State of the Industry report was presented, and while much of the information was anticipated, there wer… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
In this year’s U.S. Top 20 Report, one theme frequently discussed by industry executives was how difficult it is to determine what lies ahead in 2003. The first quarter of 2003 is over, but the outlook remains cloudy. Some companies reported ri… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
During the past few years, the printing ink industry has been struggling, caught between the slumping economy and increasing prices for raw materials. In addition, the unstable world political situation is also causing tremendous uncertainty. Perhap… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
From developing an employee-owned company to empowering colleagues, Wikoff Colors founder was ahead of his time. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Even in these challenging times, the growth of flexography remains a positive trend. Anyone who walks into a grocery store will see numerous examples of flexographic packaging, ranging from labels, shrink sleeves and folding cartons tothe flexible pa… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
We all have heard and read a great deal of information about the importance of becoming more efficient and more consistent in industry. Process systems such as Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Total Quality Management (TQM) and a variety of others have… Read More »
Golfers Tee Off at MNYPIA Golf Outing
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 13, 2009
Golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on Sept. 23, 2009, when the Metro New York Printing Ink Association (MNYPIA) held its ninth annual golf outing at Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, NJ. The event began with a one-hour lesson on the driving range… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 13, 2009
The global recession took its toll on virtually every printing and ink market, regardless of the type of printing or geographic region. However, the impact differed by market and region. In terms of geography, there was no region where the printing… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
2002 has been another challenging year for the printing ink industry. Overall, dollar and volume sales are down from even 2001’s low levels. Meanwhile, raw material prices are climbing in some areas, particularly naphthalene, which presents mor… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
During the past few years, there has been a major emphasis by the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) to improve the National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Annual Technical Conference. The reasons for all the… Read More »