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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 »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
As 2002 heads into the final quarter, it is clear that the year has not brought the hoped-for gains that were anticipated after the recession in 2001. Rather, as the country grew wary after a number of major corporations collapsed amid what can be be… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
There are numerous factors that are involved when a potential customer decides from whom they will purchase goods or services. A decision may be price driven, or a product may be so unique that there is only a single source for it. In almost all cas… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
For many years, ink jet has been looked at longingly by printing ink manufacturers, who saw it as the wave of the future and also an opportunity to improve profitability. However, the vast majority of the ink jet ink business is tied up in the SOHO m… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
2001 was a tough year for the economy in general, and the printing ink industry in particular. With the exception of a few companies that have successfully navigated through the difficult financial straits or have developed unique products that serve… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 8, 2009
As we near the halfway point of 2002, the ink industry has been fairly flat. However, there have been some bright spots in the mainstream printing processes, particularly flexo and UV/EB, and it appears the economy may be changing slightly for the be… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 8, 2009
The issue of providing value-added services for customers offers a paradox for the printing ink industry. These services, which generally fall under the heading of value-added services, typically include anything from offering systems for vendor mana… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
An industry that had disappointing results in 2001 finds itself facing ever-tougher competition from overseas suppliers and is also having a difficult time getting desperately needed price increases. As a result, pressure is building on crucial areas… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
When the economic recovery will begin is the critical question that remains in the forefront as we continue into 2002. For ink manufacturers, an economic rebound is the key to growth in the printing industry. The signals right now are mixed, which i… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
As we begin 2002, we all hope for a year that is far, far better in practically all respects than 2001, a year that will be most remembered for the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil on Sept. 11 and a year-long recession. 2001 was also a difficult time… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
When we reflect on 2001, it is hard to come up with any particularly positive note. We’ve witnessed a savage series of terrorist attacks in the U.S. on Sept. 11 that killed nearly 4,000 people. There has been a year-long economic slump in the U… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
Heading into the 45th Annual National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Annual Technical Conference, it would have been understandable if National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) officials were nervous about attendance… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 5, 2009
Since the morning of Tuesday, September 11, images of the unspeakable tragedy that has engulfed the U.S. have been forever carved into our memories. We have watched in horror as hijacked airplanes full of innocent people have been used as weapons of… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 2, 2009
The year 2001 has been a difficult one for the U.S. economy, and the printing ink industry is no exception. The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ quarterly sales reports confirm that, showing sales of ink down an estimated 4.2… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 2, 2009
One of the nightmares that any company can face is a visit from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When OSHA makes a call, an unprepared company may find itself facing, at the very least, fines and potentially more visits. Wha… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 2, 2009
It takes a lot for a company to succeed. Being in the right place at the right time, and having the foresight to envision future trends, are essential elements.Such is definitely the case with the ink jet ink market. Ink jet printers in homes and sma… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2009
Watching the Industry Change During the Past 12 Years Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published July 21, 2009
As is readily apparent in reading this issue’s cover story, the Top International Ink Companies, the past year has been challenging, to say the least. In the report, which begins on page 16, ink industry executives note that raw material price… Read More »
Printing Ink Partners Offers Today
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 2, 2009
Printing Ink Partners Offers Today's Technology, Yesterday's Service Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 28, 2009
The past decade has been one of upheaval and uncertainty. Political instability and terrorism has changed the way we look at the world, while economic recession has definitely impacted the world’s finances. One result of this instability is th… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 7, 2009
NAPIM’s State of the Industry Report Shows Ink Industry’s Challenges The past few years have been difficult for the printing ink industry. Skyrocketing raw material prices, created primarily by higher crude oil costs and a changing pi… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 31, 2009
Sheetfed offset and flexo are two of the largest segments in theprinting ink industry, combining for more than an estimated $1.6 billion in sales in North America alone. It comes as little surprise, then, that they have been adversely affected by the… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 11, 2009
As we continue into 2009, the economic news remains sluggish at best for most business sectors, and the printing ink industry is no exception. With printing levels declining in the past year, ink manufacturers have been impacted as well. Naturally,… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 2, 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 »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 25, 2008
For ink manufacturers, 2008 finished on a difficult note, as the economy and the state of raw materials took its toll. Still, there is a sense of cautious optimism going into 2009, as �green� products and new technologies offer opportunities. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 25, 2008
As 2008 comes to a close, it generally seems to be the time to reflect on what has occurred during the past 12 months, and consider what might happen in the coming year. However, it is honestly difficult to say with any certainty what will come next… Read More »
NPIRI Conference Examines Sustainability and the Environment
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 5, 2008
Ink manufacturers, suppliers, printers and print buyers were on hand to discuss the sustainability and environmental issues during NPIRI�s annual technical conference. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 5, 2008
In my journeys at drupa 2008 in May, a few new technologies caught my eye. In particular, I was intrigued by the potential for LED-curable inks. There hadn’t been a lot of announcements on LED curing prior to drupa, but quite a few companies sh… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 2, 2008
The printing ink industry continues to feel the effects of higher raw material and energy costs. Even the news that crude oil prices came down in the past month provided very little benefit, as the ink industry and its suppliers find themselves with… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 2, 2008
Every September, Ink World is pleased to publish its Annual Buyers’ Guide, the industry’s most comprehensive listing of products and services available to the ink and allied industries. In addition to the Buyers’ Guide in the follow… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published August 6, 2008
Typically, the summer months are quiet for the ink industry, as people take some time off for vacation. However, the past few months have been anything but restful: drupa is now in the books, while increasing pressure from price increases throughout… Read More »
The Inkjet Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published July 1, 2008
The growth of digital technologies was very much evident at drupa 2008, and inkjet ink manufacturers continue to find new growth opportunities. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published July 1, 2008
In June, I had the opportunity to attend drupa 2008, which I will cover in detail in the upcoming August issue. There were many new products to see throughout the printing chain, including among printing ink manufacturers.     However,… Read More »
Published June 19, 2008
Leonard (Dave) Frescoln, deputy chairman of Flint Group, has announced his retirement from the company, effective the end of July 2008.     After a successful career in the aerospace industry, Mr. Frescoln joined Flint Ink in 1992 as… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 4, 2008
In recent years, the printing ink industry has faced numerous challenges that have impacted the bottom line. Some of these issues, notably the skyrocketing costs of crude oil and raw materials as well as other operational costs, can not be helped. Th… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 8, 2008
For a variety of reasons, partnering with customers has become ever more important in business. As a result of economic pressures, some companies have cut back on their research capabilities, which means that resources are scarcer. Also, there is a c… Read More »
Published April 17, 2008
By David Savastano Editor Jeff Koppelman, president of Gans Ink & Supply, was presented with the Ault Award, the highest honor in the U.S. ink industry, during the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ (NAPIM) annual conve… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published April 4, 2008
The past few years have been extremely challenging for the ink industry, its customers and suppliers, as higher raw material prices, increased competition, new technologies and consolidation throughout the supply chain have changed the landscape of b… Read More »
Published April 2, 2008
By David Savastano Editor The ink industry has seen much merger and acquisition activity in recent years, and the same is true of its suppliers. M&A activity appears to be picking up, as can be seen  in a trio of announcements in the pas… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 10, 2008
Although pigment companies generally noted that 2007 was a relatively good year for the industry, there are also numerous concerns for the future, including raw material costs, the economy, the elimination of the VAT in China and environmental mandates. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 10, 2008
In recent years, the dramatic increase in the price of crude oil  and its derivatives has severely impacted the ink industry and its suppliers. However, the relative stability of prices for pigments, typically the most expensive ingredient in in… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 1, 2008
The energy curable and digital markets are two of the highest-performing segments for ink manufacturers. The combination of UV and inkjet is obviously a potent one, as can be seen in the continued growth in the marketplace.     The gro… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 3, 2008
In many ways, the sheetfed ink market serves as a microcosm of the state of the ink industry today. In North America alone, the sheetfed ink market is estimated to be $750 million, split between commercial and packaging printing. As is the case with… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 27, 2007
For the most part, the past few years have been financially grim for the printing ink industry, as increasingly high raw material, operational and transportation costs have taken their toll on margins. According to the U.S.-based National Association… Read More »
The UV/EB Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 31, 2007
Driven by new technologies and applications, energy-curable inks and coatings continue to enjoy solid growth worldwide, with packaging and sheetfed being particularly strong areas. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 31, 2007
One of the brightest areas for printing ink manufacturers in recent years has been the continued blossoming of the UV and EB marketplace. As new applications for energy-curable printing continue to develop, driven by the advantages of UV and EB… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2007
We all know well the impact of consolidation on the ink industry. In 2005, a major wave of merger and acquisition activity among ink manufacturers significantly changed the landscape of the industry, creating a few larger multinational companies. &nb… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 11, 2007
For the past several years, the printing ink industry and its suppliers have been battling higher raw material prices, largely brought on by the increased cost of crude oil. The resulting higher prices of feedstocks has led to numerous price increase… Read More »