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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 Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published December 2, 2009
Union Ink Company, Inc. has focused on manufacturing innovative screen printing inks since its founding in 1931. For more than 70 years, Union Ink has continued to develop new inks for the screen printer. Union Ink Company was founded in 1931 by Benj… Read More »
Vorbeck Materials Makes Inroads in Graphene Technology
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 11, 2009
Vorbeck Materials Makes Inroads in Graphene Technology Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
The idea of providing customers with all of the supplies it needs has long been a goal for manufacturers. This is also true for the printing industry. After all, whether it is offset, screen or wide format ink jet, printers need a variety of goods to… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
Printing ink sometimes appears in many places where people would least expect it. For example, people outside the industry would never expect that ink would be used in automotive applications such as mirror defrosters, simulated wood grain paneling,… Read More »
By Zubair Khan, Environmental Inks and Coatings
Published November 2, 2009
Ink manufacturers and their raw material suppliers have been evolving new technologies to meet these demands by providing new polymers, oligomers, monomers, photoinitiators, pigments and inks Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 2, 2009
From RFID tags to tamper-evident chromatic inks, Smart Packaging 2004 offered a wealth of information on smart and intelligent packaging solutions and applications. Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published November 2, 2009
Recent research and new applications, particularly in Asia, have shown that screen printing has a much brighter future than predicted Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 30, 2009
As more printers continue to move toward digital, ink suppliers will need to be right there with them, whether it is developing new inks or collaborating with press manufacturers. This is particularly true in the screen printing arena, where digital… 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
In 1938, Herman Proell entered the screen printing ink industry, and established the first plant specializing in manufacturing screen printing inks in Nuremberg, Germany. Since then, Pröll KG has become a leader in the screen and pad printing i… Read More »
Published October 30, 2009
TWGA Reports on Large Format Printing TrendWatch Graphic Arts (TWGA) has released a new report, Supersizing the Market: The TrendWatch Perspective on the Market for Large Format Graphics and Equipment. This new TWGA report indica… Read More »
By Dr. Alexander Grant, SunJet
Published October 29, 2009
UV jet inks are being developed that allow for appropriate jetting control, printhead compatibility, performance on a wide variety of media and can respond to real printing conditions such as varied print to cure time Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
Drupa has just about everything printers are looking for Read More »
By Lisa Hahn, Flexo Tech
Published October 29, 2009
When incorporated into water, surfactants strive to reduce their surface energy by isolating their hydrophobic segments from the aqueous phase Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 29, 2009
Highest honor in the screen printing and graphic imaging industry Read More »
Published October 28, 2009
Printing Industry Showing Signs of Upturn The printing industry is finally showing signs of what may be a sustainable upturn following more than two years of steep and broad sales declines, according to The NAPL 2003-2004 State of the Industry R… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 28, 2009
The trend toward greater use of color will also present technological and cost challenges for ink formulators and pigment manufacturers Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
As most ink companies can attest, manufacturing sheetfed offset ink is more of an art than anything else. Printers require specialized inks, which ultimately have to perform on press. For Ink Makers, Inc., a sheetfed offset ink specialist located in… Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 16, 2009
Driven by the need for product differentiation and decorative appeal, the metallic and pearlescent ink market continues to grow. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
Some of the most ingenious inks ever created can be found in the Ajanta and Ellora caves in India. These eye-catching paintings, done more than 1,500 years ago, show a creativity and quality that is astonishing. These caves caught the eye of the lea… Read More »
By Frank Kleinsteinberg and Susanne Struck, Tego Coating & Ink Additives, A Business Line of Degussa
Published October 16, 2009
Foam formation is a serious problem that can adversely affect the production of radiation-cured printing inks and overprint varnishes Read More »
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 16, 2009
Mexico’s Sanchez S.A. is consolidating its manufacturing capabilities and expanding its network for technical assistance to customers, to continue to hold – if not increase – its lead as the largest ink manufacturer in the country,… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 16, 2009
Printers, ink makers and other suppliers will be closely watching the performance of the new Cortina waterless newspaper press of Koenig & Bauer-Albert (KBA) when it is launched commercially over the next several months Read More »
By Sel Avci, Elementis Specialties
Published October 15, 2009
Editor’s Note: “Rheological Additive Selection for Printing Inks” was presented at the Eurocoat Inkmakers Forum during the 2nd European Congress on Printing Inks, held at Nüremberg, Germany April 9-10, 2003. Abstract: The vari… 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 »
Published October 15, 2009
PIA Report Provides Profiles of U.S. Print Markets With 45,181 establishments and 1,113,119 employees, the U.S. printing industry shipped $155,504,750,000 worth of printed material in 2002, according to the latest edition of the Graphic Ar… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 15, 2009
More than 2,000 inkies among the more than 16,000 attendees at this year's ECS. Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 14, 2009
ANI will soon not only need to find a new brand name but also new financial arrangements Read More »
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 14, 2009
In a world that seems less safe and less certain by the day, security issues are impossible to overlook. Security goes far beyond the police and military personnel seen patrolling the bridges, tunnels and terminals of major cities. Equally important… Read More »
By Joon Choo, Shamrock Technologies Inc.
Published October 14, 2009
Additives such as waxes have increasingly aided in extending the usefulness of the print or coating Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Before a printer begins running a job on press, it is imperative to know exactly what the job will look like when it runs. A color proof easily pays for itself in light of the time and waste that is saved by doing proper pre-press preparation. Havin… Read More »
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Approximately 70 members of the Color Pigments Manufacturers Association (CPMA) battled the worst snowstorm of the millennium to travel to Washington D.C. for CPMA’s two-day conference, titled “The Changing Face of the Color Pigments Indu… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Nanotechnology is already starting to have an impact on printing, particularly on the development of printing material Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
The business world is an ever-changing one, and companies come and go quickly. For any company to survive and grow for a quarter-century is an achievement, based on developing a reputation for quality. Such is the case with Triangle Ink Co., Inc., a… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
At Labelexpo ‘09 in Brussels, Siegwerk presented its brand new ink systems for label printing using LED-UV lamps. Along with other benefits, this pioneering technology offers significant energy savings (60 percent and more) and eliminates the n… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
Sun Chemical demonstrated its commitment to delivering quality, service and innovation for the narrow web market at Label Expo Europe in Brussels. Visitors at the show learned about the fully upgraded line of core products within the Solaris system.… Read More »
Digital Printing of Textiles Makes Gains in Europe
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 13, 2009
Digital printing processes, mainly based on inkjet systems, are making inroads into the textile printing sector Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Despite a sluggish start to the year the metallic and special effect ink market has experienced modest growth, with many companies optimistic that the coming year will bring increased growth and recovery. “The beginning of the year started slo… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Ink companies find much interest as they launch new products for the market. Read More »
Published October 9, 2009
Industry’s First Sales Compensation Survey Report Released by SGIA The first comprehensive examination and analysis of compensation data for sales personnel in the U.S. and Canadian screen printing and graphic imaging industry has been com… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Smart labels and other similar ‘intelligent’ products using small chips or conductive polymer materials would appear to have little relevance to the general future of printing and inks. The majority of smart labels comprise electronic co… Read More »
Published October 9, 2009
Market Growth Forecast for UV/EB According to the RadTech biennial survey North American Market Update, suppliers of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) technology are optimistic about near term growth prospects. Pointing to the significan… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
For some companies, a relatively minor acquisition can provide a major impetus for growth and success in other fields. Such is the case with Peacock Colors, the Addison, IL-based manufacturer of UV inks and colorants for plastics. In 1967, Frank Blo… Read More »
By Jack Kenny, Label and Narrow Web Editor
Published October 9, 2009
The first comprehensive Pantone color guide for flexographic printers in decades is coming off the presses at the Flexographic Trade School (FTS) in Charlotte, NC. The title is FTS Flexographic Color Application Guide in Popular PANTONE® Colors,… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
In recent years, energy-cured inks have developed into a growing area of opportunity for ink manufacturers and converters. Printers are developing new applications for UV inks at a rapid rate. For many ink companies today, developing UV inks to gain… Read More »
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 9, 2009
According to ancient mythology, the phoenix was a magical bird that would set itself afire at the end of its life cycle and then rise from the ashes of its deceased self. Though not quite as dramatic as that, Phoenix Inks shares a similar genesis. Mu… Read More »
By David Wang, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 7, 2009
More than 17,000 attendees visit show Read More »
By David Wang, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 7, 2009
UV light cured ink (UV ink) is widely used in offset and flexographic printing throughout the world. The growth rate for UV ink is more than 10 percent per year and is surpassing the growing rate of general inks. In China, UV ink products are typica… 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 »