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The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 11, 2009
As the worldwide economic downturn continues to impact the printing ink industry, pigment manufacturers are preparing for numerous challenges in the coming year. Read More »
Published January 30, 2009
The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) honored the Sun Chemical Performance Pigments manufacturing facility in Muskegon, Mich. with the 2008 Silver Performance Improvement Award for the plant’s continual improvement in… 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 »
Published November 25, 2008
Sartomer Offers Urethane Acrylate Oligomer for Lithographic Inks Sartomer Company has launched CN9167US, an aromatic urethane acrylate specifically designed for UV/EB lithographic inks. It can also be used in pigmented and non-pigmented UV/EB co… Read More »
Published November 7, 2008
Nazdar announces Versacon Classic V5000, the newest addition to Nazdar’s ink lines for the container printing market. Versacon Classic V5000 is a two-part solvent-based ink with excellent chemical resistance for treated polyethylene and polypro… Read More »
Published November 7, 2008
Toyo Ink Mfg. America, LLC, a member of the Toyo Ink Group, will be exhibiting at this year’s Pack Expo International from Nov. 9-13 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL.      “Toyo Ink is one of the w… 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 »
Published October 7, 2008
Toyo Ink Mfg. America, LLC, a member of the Toyo Ink Group, announced today that it will be exhibiting at this year’s Pack Expo International from Nov. 9-13 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL, Booth E-9036.   The pa… Read More »
The Packaging Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 2, 2008
Higher raw material costs and the weakening economy have impacted the packaging market, although there are also opportunities for growth. Read More »
Published August 11, 2008
Due to unrelenting increases in the cost of crude oil, and the resultant impact on raw material and transportation costs, Fujifilm Sericol increased prices in North America effective Aug. 1. The increases typically range between 5 to 10 percent by pr… Read More »
Drupa 2008 Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published August 7, 2008
Drupa 2008 was another huge show, with nearly 391,000 visitors from 138 countries checking out the 1,971 exhibits, and leading international ink manufacturers were well represented, showcasing innovative new products and services. Read More »
International Companies to Watch
By Staff
Published August 7, 2008
Editor's Note: Here, in alphabetical order, are a few additional leading international ink companies that deserve notice. Brancher Company        Parc d’activite du Saule 28170 Tremblay les villages, Fr… Read More »
The Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published August 7, 2008
For the leading global ink manufacturers, 2008 was a time of economic uncertainty, as raw material prices continued to rise and the U.S. dollar slumped. Still, ink industry leaders also see some opportunities ahead. Read More »
Published July 17, 2008
Due to unrelenting increases in the cost of crude oil, and the resultant impact on raw material and transportation costs, Fujifilm Sericol will increase prices in North America effective August 1. The increases typically range between 5-10 percent by… Read More »
RadTech 2008 Showcases UV, EB Technologies
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 4, 2008
The UV and EB markets have enjoyed excellent growth in recent years Read More »
The Asian Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 4, 2008
As the Asia-Pacific region continues to enjoy economic expansion, led by China and India, printing ink manufacturers are enjoying strong growth throughout the region. Read More »
Published June 4, 2008
Rohm and Haas Offers New Dispersing Resins Rohm and Haas recently introduced two high-efficiency dispersing resin products for organic pigments in aqueous media. These new styrene, acrylic-based polymers, Morcryl 410 and Morcryl 460 Plus dispersin… Read More »
Published May 9, 2008
Siegwerk has opened a new blending center in Nokia, Finland. In a grand opening ceremony customers in Finland and the Baltic states were presented the new facilities.      Siegwerk board member Hugo Noordhoek Hegt, president PPL Pack… Read More »
Published May 9, 2008
DuPont Packaging Graphics and Sun Chemical have joined forces to create a new standard in quality and environmentally smart flexographic printing by bringing together Sun Chemical’s patented WetFlex wet-on-wet flexographic printing process with… Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 8, 2008
Higher raw material prices, led by crude oil, continue to impact resin manufacturers, but the surge in new product development is helping to drive sales growth. Read More »
The Gravure Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published May 8, 2008
Gravure must continue to improve turnaround times while remaining competitive on cost in order to expand market penetration. Read More »
Published April 16, 2008
Pröll KG's core business lies in the development of custom chemical products for coating/decorating plastics and other materials, as well as innovative ink systems for IMD/FIM technology and screen and pad printing inks. A new range of produc… Read More »
2008 Companies to Watch
By Staff
Published April 8, 2008
Editor’s Note: There are a growing number of companies in the printing ink industry that deserve attention. Here, in alphabetical order, are a few of the companies that deserve notice: Braden Sutphin Ink Co. 3650 E. 93rd St. Clevelan… Read More »
Published April 8, 2008
DuPont Packaging Graphics and Sun Chemical have joined forces to create a new standard in quality and environmentally smart flexographic printing by bringing together Sun Chemical’s patented WetFlex wet-on-wet flexographic printing process with… Read More »
The North American Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published April 7, 2008
Despite higher raw materials and operational costs that continue to impact the printing ink industry, many North American ink companies were able to show some growth during 2007. Read More »
Published April 4, 2008
Tego Introduces Defoamer For Water-Based Inks Tego Coating Additives and Specialty Resins has introduced Tego Foamex 843 for water-based inks and wood coating formulations. The use of Foamex 843 results in fast and complete foam knock-down, pre… Read More »
Published April 1, 2008
Siegwerk has opened a new blending center in Nokia, Finland. In a grand opening ceremony customers in Finland and the Baltic states were presented the new facilities. Siegwerk Board Member Hugo Noordhoek Hegt, president PPL Packaging, joined Nokia… Read More »
The Flexo Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 10, 2008
For flexo ink manufacturers, 2007 was a good year, as packaging continues to show growth and the interest in the environment draws attention to water-based and UV flexo inks. Read More »
Published February 13, 2008
At the recent TABEXPO 2007 in Paris, RUCO Printing Inks presented its wide range of printing inks and lacquer systems for the tobacco industry. As one of the leading manufacturers of specialty inks for tipping and cigarette papers, the company is lis… Read More »
The UV Inkjet Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 4, 2008
Digital technologies continue to make gains in printing, and UV inkjet is particularly well positioned to increase its share of this growing market. 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 »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 1, 2008
The role of vehicles and varnishes is a critical one, and suppliers are developing new technologies while also facing increasingly higher raw material costs. Read More »
Published January 17, 2008
The history of Flint Group may be traced to four major roots: Flint Ink, ANI, BASF Printing Systems and Gebr. Schmidt, which were all well-known manufacturers of high quality packaging inks. Following the merger of these companies in 2005, Flint Grou… Read More »
By Sel Avci
Published January 4, 2008
Top 25 Chinese Ink Manufacturers 1. Tianjin Toyo Ink Co., Ltd. 2. Hangzhou TOKA Ink Chemical Co., Ltd. 3. Taiyuan Coates Lorilleux Inks Chemical Ltd. 4. Zhejiang Yongzai Chemical Co. Ltd. 5. Shenzhen-DIC Co. 6. Shanghai Peony Printing lnk Co.,Ltd.… Read More »
By Joshua X.Tieshu, Coatings & Ink China
Published January 4, 2008
The wrap-up information of the Ink Sub-Association of Chinese Daily-Use Chemical Industry shows that the increase in rates of ink consumption in China in years 2004, 2005 and 2006 are 9.4%, 10% and 9% respectively, of which the annual average increas… Read More »
Published December 12, 2007
At the recent TABEXPO 2007 in Paris, RUCO Printing Inks presented its wide range of printing inks and lacquer systems for the tobacco industry. As one of the leading manufacturers of specialty inks for tipping and cigarette papers, the company is lis… Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 27, 2007
For most ink manufacturers, 2007 was a good year, although there remains much uncertainty regarding raw material costs and consolidation among printers. Meanwhile, a number of new leaders took the helm during the year. Read More »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 27, 2007
Waxes, solvents and additives manufacturers enjoyed growth overall, as new technologies continue to emerge. However, higher raw material costs remain a major concern. Read More »
Published November 27, 2007
Tego Offers Micronized Waxes for Printing Inks Tego Coating Additives and Specialty Resins has introduced two new micronized waxes designed to improve scratch resistance and anti-blocking properties in printing inks and coatings. Vestowax X 41… Read More »
The Metallic Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 27, 2007
The metallic ink market is getting more and more competitive, driven by price, technology and innovation. Read More »
Published November 27, 2007
The history of Flint Group may be traced to four major roots: Flint Ink, ANI, BASF Printing Systems and Gebr. Schmidt, which were all well known manufacturers of high quality packaging inks. Following the merger of these companies in 2005, Flint Grou… 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 »
Environmental Issues are Impacting the Flexible Packaging Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 31, 2007
Flexible packaging has been one of the fastest growing printing sectors in Europe, but for ink producers, it is becoming one of the most challenging. Read More »
The Packaging Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 10, 2007
As the packaging market continues to expand globally, packaging ink manufacturers are enjoying growth, although higher raw material prices and consolidation remain concerns. Read More »
Published August 8, 2007
Sun Chemical has announced a breakthrough in water-based ink technology for flexographic printing on polythene (PE) film. The company’s new approach offers a viable and cost-effective alternative to solvent-based inks, and allows printers to co… Read More »
The Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published August 7, 2007
In light of the major changes in the printing ink industry in recent years, 2006 was a time of relative stability as ink manufacturers continued to increase their efforts into growing markets and regions. Read More »
High-Performance Pigments
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published August 7, 2007
As the market size grows and customers continue to demand more sophisticated technologies, the future for HPPs remains bright. Read More »
The Inkjet Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published July 12, 2007
The inkjet ink market continues to enjoy excellent growth, and is poised to make additional gains as digital printing makes further inroads in areas ranging from sheetfed to packaging. Read More »
Published June 28, 2007
Sun Chemical has announced a breakthrough in water-based ink technology for flexographic printing on polythene (PE) film.  The company's new approach offers a viable and cost-effective alternative to solvent-based inks, and allows printers to co… Read More »
Published June 11, 2007
A new ink that is about to hit the market from Sun Chemical Screen could help users of solvent-based HP Scitex Turbojet digital superwide format presses across Europe save up to 20 percent in consumable costs.     Sun Chemical Screen&#… Read More »