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By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 2, 2009
In any industry, small regional companies rely on their ability to best serve their customers in order to make a good living. The ink industry is no different in this regard; a company has to work closely with its customers in order to be successful.… Read More »
Published December 2, 2009
TWGA Releases Annual Printing Forecast TrendWatch Graphic Arts (TWGA) released its annual forecast report for the commercial printing marketplace. In the report, TWGA indicated that expectations from within the graphic arts community are strong… 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 December 2, 2009
Many years ago, small family-owned ink manufacturers flourished, relying on quality and service to survive. Times have changed, though, and many of these companies have been acquired or gone out of business. Now, there are only a handful of these sm… Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 11, 2009
Even as they face volatile raw material pricing and the impact of the global recession, vehicle and varnish manufacturers continue to introduce new technologies. Read More »
NPIRI Conference Review
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 11, 2009
NPIRI's annual technical conference focused on 'Advancing Ink Technology in a Lean and Green Economy.' Read More »
The Publication Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 11, 2009
The publication printing market has suffered through the recession, and ink manufacturers anticipate that further challenges are in store in 2010. Read More »
The UV/EB Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 11, 2009
While the global recession took its toll on some markets for UV and EB, energy curable technologies made gains in other segments, and UV and EB ink companies should benefit from the increasing emphasis on the environment. 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
The company has increased its visibility through the creation of a new corporate identity Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
For many people, owning a business is the dream of any entrepreneur. Having the chance to use one’s talents to create products or services and ultimately succeed in the marketplace is an opportunity that is well worth taking. For Rick Redwine,… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
When companies are acquired in the ink industry, the larger ink manufacturers are generally involved. By contrast, Wikoff Color Corporation, Fort Mill, SC, has never been known for purchasing ink companies. That changed in the last six months, as Wi… Read More »
Published November 2, 2009
NAPL Study Indicates Sustainable Turnaround The Printing Business Index (PBI) of the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), the association’s broadest measure of print activity, was 56.3 in July 2004. This marks the 13t… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
While there are a few recipes for success for manufacturers in any industry, being able to create technologies that will help customers succeed is the most certain approach. If a company can consistently develop products that make a difference for th… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 30, 2009
More than 50 years ago, Buford G. Sirles, a longtime printer, decided that he had seen enough of printing ink to know that he could make a better product. After a short stint with Sinclair & Valentine, Mr. Sirles was ready to take the next step.… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 30, 2009
NAPIM, MNYPIA honor Kohl & Madden's retiring president Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
Printing is very much an international business, with tremendous work being done throughout the world. For printers, having ink suppliers who can help them to meet their ever-increasing challenges is an absolute necessity. For printers in Greece and… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
For some ink makers, formulating inks to meet customers’specific needs is one of the best parts of the business. That definitely holds true for Bruce Baker, president of Bakers Ink, who decided to go into business on his own in part tobe able t… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
Drupa has just about everything printers are looking for 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 »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
There has been much discussion about the advantages of creating an ink that eliminates fountain solution on press Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 28, 2009
In many ways, the sheetfed ink market is fairly unique compared to other offset ink segments. Because of the diversity of unique jobs that sheetfed printers run, sheetfed ink manufacturing is an area that requires a strong commitment to customer serv… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 28, 2009
Wally Whalen, Color Resolutions International’s quality compliance manager, is a 2003 Pioneer Award recipient 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 »
Published October 27, 2009
Held numerous management positions at INX in the past 25 years Read More »
Published October 22, 2009
Thirty partners and distributors representing a dozen countries attended a series of presentations led by various INX executives and personnel 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
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 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
Every once in a while, a company emerges with an innovative approach that may change the way business is done. David Lemaster, president of the recently-launched Performance Inks, Palatine, IL, believes his new company has developed just such an appr… 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 David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
While electron beam (EB) curing has not received the same interest as UV, it too has also grown over the years 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 David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
Anyone who has traveled to Salt Lake City, UT has to be impressed with the natural beauty of the location, with the Rocky Mountains, the ski resorts and the lake itself dominating the region. While the area does wonderfully in terms of tourism, its… 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
Forty one years ago, Roy T. Beagle had just finished high school and was looking for a job when he found an opportunity at Flint Ink’s Jacksonville, FL plant. “I came out of high school and started making ink,” Mr. Beagle said. &… Read More »
Published October 15, 2009
TWGA Report Examines Ink and Toner Usage TrendWatch Graphic Arts (TWGA) released an in-depth report which analyzes the printing and packaging industries by dissecting the usage of inks and toners. The reports includes market share data for key c… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 15, 2009
All too often, competition leads to hard-nosed tactics and hard feelings, as some companies will try to take away business by any means possible. However, there are also companies that do insist on competing fair. For Jim Stanley, president of Ameri… 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 Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Education is key when it comes to the ink industry. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
For some people, working in a small family-owned business is the ideal way to go. Other people like the challenges of being in a much larger organization. Dean Brewer, founder and chief formulator of R&L Ink of Georgia, Inc., tried both approach… Read More »
By Theresa Ruehle, H. Tom Mills, Sunil Jayasuriya, Paul Gloor, and Stephen A. Fischer, Johnson Polymer
Published October 14, 2009
Editor’s Note: “Gloss Dry-Back from Wet Trap Printing with Aqueous Coatings” is an abridged version of the first-place recipient of the National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Lecture Series at NPIRI’s 46th An… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
Four of Flint Group’s most popular offset ink series earned bio-renewable content (BRC) certification by the ink industry’s only standard. K+E, Arrowstar and Starbase sheetfed series, as well as Arroweb heatset inks, were certified by the… Read More »
Ink Industry Showcases New Products at Print 09
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 13, 2009
Print ‘09, organized by The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), was held at McCormick Place in Chicago from Sept. 11-16. While attendance figures were not released as of press time, there was a feeling that the final figures would reflect the cur… Read More »
The Packaging Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 13, 2009
The global recession and volatile raw material prices are having a major impact on packaging ink manufacturers, but leading packaging ink companies are seeing some reasons for optimism for the coming year. Read More »
By Rosalyn M. Waldo and David L. Schaich, UCB Chemicals Corporation
Published October 9, 2009
Acrylated epoxy oligomers are commonly used in UV lithographic inks. These oligomers can be modified to achieve a wide range of performance. In this paper, the performance of acrylated epoxies including Bisphenol-A epoxies, fatty acid modified Bisphe… 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 Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 9, 2009
The current slowdown in the western European economy is delaying technological changes in the region’s printing industry as printers cut back their investment in new equipment and processes. For ink makers, these reductions in capital expendit… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
When it comes to the world of business, one never knows how a new company will be started. A person may set out to start their own business, or a few people from the same company may begin their own venture. Sometimes, people from different companies… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Color is the main test of quality in printed products. With a vast array of equipment, software and technical support available to printers on color matters, it has never been easier for them to avoid mistakes with color. The objective behind color… Read More »