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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 »
European Pigment Report
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published June 6, 2007
Chinese pigment producers, gains in pigment dispersants and REACH are among the key issues facing European pigment manufacturers. Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 4, 2007
Providing strong product development and expertise is helping resin manufacturers make gains in the marketplace. Read More »
Published April 12, 2007
EFI, the leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions, has received the Silver award in Canada’s PrintAction Environmental Awards for its environmentally friendly BioVu ink in the cat… Read More »
Ink Companies are Being Called Upon To Help Drive Toward Carbon Labeling
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published April 4, 2007
The European printing industry and its suppliers are having to become much more active on the issue of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions due to public awareness about global warming. Read More »
The North American Top 20
By Staff
Published April 4, 2007
North American ink manufacturers generally reported improved results in 2006, as key printing markets enjoyed growth and raw material prices showed signs of stabilizing. Read More »
The Flexo Ink Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published March 13, 2007
Despite rising raw material costs, the flexo ink market had another strong year in 2006, driven in part by the introduction of new performance-based products in the flexible packaging market. Read More »
The Pigment Report
Published March 13, 2007
Although 2006 was a year of improvement, pigment manufacturers are coping with a wide variety of challenges, including raw material pricing and supply issues and overcapacity. Read More »
Published March 8, 2007
EFI, the world leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions, has received the Silver award in Canada's PrintAction Environmental Awards for its environmentally friendly BioVu(TM) ink in… Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 26, 2007
Vehicles and varnishes play a critical role in ink, and terms such as 'guts' and 'heart of the ink' speak to their importance. Ink makers rely on their suppliers to help provide the critical characteristics that printers seek. Read More »
Ink Manufacturers are Finding Opportunities in the Textile Market
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published January 26, 2007
Digital technologies and new environmental standards are providing ink companies with new possibilities in the textile segment. Read More »
Published January 11, 2007
While authorities try to piece together the cause of the Nov. 22 explosion that rocked the Danvers, MA facility of CAI Inc., a family-owned ink manufacturer, and Arnel Inc., a manufacturer of industrial-use paint products, CAI Inc. is trying to do wh… Read More »
Published January 11, 2007
The global markets for the raw materials required to manufacture printing inks have for quite some time been dominated not only by continuously rising prices but also by a growing shortage of these resources.      Despite stagnating… Read More »
The UV Inkjet Ink Report
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published January 5, 2007
The UV inkjet market continues to be one of the brighter spots for the ink industry. Read More »
Published December 20, 2006
By David Savastano Editor While authorities try to piece together the cause of the Nov. 22 explosion that rocked the Danvers, MA facility of CAI Inc., a family-owned ink manufacturer, and Arnel Inc., a manufacturer of industrial-use paint product… Read More »
Published December 14, 2006
Flint Group recently celebrated the official opening of a new state-of-the-art ink manufacturing facility in Guangzhou, China. The plant provides packaging and commercial printers with water- and solvent-based inks, UV inks, specialty inks and varnis… Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 7, 2006
For the most part, ink manufacturers saw some sales growth in 2006, but consolidation, raw material prices and other concerns have industry officials cautiously optimistic about their business as they head into the new year. Read More »
The Metallic Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published December 7, 2006
Despite escalating raw material prices, there is still a growing demand for metallic inks and pigments. Read More »
Published December 7, 2006
Suppliers Corner Noveon Offers Carbobond 2862 Copolymer Carbobond 2862 copolymer from Noveon offers excellent adhesion to a variety of printed substrates. Ideal for blister-pack and heat-seal coating applications, Carbobond 2862 copoly… Read More »
2006 Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published November 9, 2006
The landscape of the international printing ink industry has changed greatly during the past year after the major acquisitions and consolidations that occurred in 2005. Read More »
The UV/EB Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 9, 2006
Driven by productivity and superior performance characteristics, energy curable inks and coatings continue to make gains in the marketplace. Read More »