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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 »
EuPIA, Swiss Government Collaborate On Food Packaging Ink Guidelines
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published November 11, 2009
There is speculation that the Swiss ordinance will effectively become the standard for food packaging inks in Europe Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
For countless years, people in the ink industry have longed for ink prices to rise. Instead, there has been a relentless downward spiral in the price of most inks, as many companies compete with an eye toward market share, and margins have suffered g… 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 Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published November 2, 2009
Capital investment in the European printing sector is recovering after a slump of a few years and is providing new opportunities for ink and other suppliers Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
The printing ink industry continues to evolve, and in these ever-changing times, there is a serious need for companies to work together to ensure that challenges are met. That is the primary purpose of trade associations. In the U.S., the National As… 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 Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 30, 2009
Distribution of inks in Europe is going through a period of radical change which is raising questions about what will be the future role of distributors Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 30, 2009
The pigment industry has undergone a tremendous amount of changes in recent years, but one element remains a constant: the importance of pigments to a host of industries, including graphic arts, paints and coatings, plastics, cosmetics and many other… 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
Mr. Murphy, senior vice president and president, North American Inks (NAI) at Sun Chemical, has shown his dedication to the industry time and again Read More »
By William R. Doughery, Sartomer Company
Published October 29, 2009
Editor’s Note: “A Novel Pigment Dispersant and Surfactant For Radiation Curable Waterborne Ink Jet Inks” was presented at NIP 19. Reprinted with permission of IS&T: The Society of Imaging Science and Technology. The developme… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
For Robert Mullen Jr., joining the printing ink industry was practically a natural. His father, Robert Sr., had worked in the industry for many years, and, as Mr. Mullen put it, “I was certainly familiar with the ink industry just from our dinn… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
Drupa has just about everything printers are looking for Read More »
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published October 29, 2009
Services have become a major means of maintaining or improving margins for ink makers in Europe at a time of relentless pressure on product prices. The objective is to provide printers with a lot more than just a drum of ink, and even more than basi… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
For suppliers, having a background in their customers’ business is always a benefit. It gives them a clear understanding of the challenges their customer faces, and a knowledge of how their processes work. For Eugene Mitchell, president of Spe… 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 16, 2009
Flint Ink's Jack Benson brings extensive technical, marketing experience to his role as vice president, corporate procurement. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
It is rare that one meets a person whose quest for knowledge has successfully led to the mastery of numerous fields. Dr. Rich Podhajny, manager of technology, NPD & QC for Colorcon No-Tox Products, is just such a person. Ever since he attended L… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
Conference focused on 'Innovation for a Changing Industry' Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 16, 2009
After 27 years at Sun Chemical, Jeannette Truncellito, director of the company’s packaging ink technology laboratory, was presented with a Pioneer Award 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 15, 2009
It’s no surprise that attendance is down at practically every trade show in 2003. The stagnant U.S. economy continues to impact the number of attendees that companies send to these gatherings. Such is the case with the Foundation of the Flexog… Read More »
By Robert Schwartz, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 15, 2009
When Lehigh University had a staff opening in its National Printing Ink Research Institute (NPIRI) in 1956, it did not have to look very far for the right person for the job. Help would come from right across town, when the dean of chemistry at Morav… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 15, 2009
When it comes to manufacturing any product, being able to consistently meet specifications is absolutely essential to success. Such is also the case with printing ink, as testing and quality control (QC) play significant roles in the manufacturing pr… 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 »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 15, 2009
NAPIM executive director James Coleman receives Printing Ink Pioneer Award Read More »
By Edwin B. Faulkner, Sun Chemical Corporation u2013 Colors Group
Published October 14, 2009
the factors that have affected the organic pigment industry over the last year will be examined and a look will be taken at what’s in store for 2003 Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Greg Nelson, Sun Chemical's new VP and chief procurement officer, takes reins of company's $2.3B purchasing department. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
During the past few years, many of the longtime leaders who made Sun Chemical what it has become today have stepped down. Most recently, Kenneth C. Collins, senior vice president, corporate purchasing and supply chain management, retired at the end o… 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 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 David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
We are all deeply interested in what the future holds. This year, the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) is planning to give its members an idea of what is ahead for the ink industry during its 2003 Annual Convention, which wi… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
We all have heard and read a great deal of information about the importance of becoming more efficient and more consistent in industry. Process systems such as Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Total Quality Management (TQM) and a variety of others have… Read More »
By Charles Thurston, Ink World Correspondent
Published October 14, 2009
Growth in the Mexican market for all segments of printing inks should rise from an estimated value of $150 million in 2002 by about 3 percent in 2003 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 »
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 David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Last year, the Metro New York Printing Ink Association (MNYPIA) held an impressive panel discussion on “The Future of Printing Inks.” Last year’s ambitious session featured Len DiLeo of Kohl & Madden, Jamie Sutphin of Micro Ink… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Ideas such as Six Sigma, Total Predictive Maintenance, 5S process improvement, Lean Manufacturing and gage repeatability and reproducibility, have all become keys to reducing costs and becoming more efficient 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 »
By Emmanuel D. Dimotakis, Michihiko Toya and Anthony Cieri, Sun Chemical
Published October 9, 2009
The DriLith W2 series of inks has received significant exposure in the printing industry, spurring inquiries from waterless printers around the world. Benchmarking of DriLith W2 inks has been carried out with both medium and high-end waterless print… 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 Charles Thurston, Ink World Contributing Editor
Published October 9, 2009
Ink officials look for growth in 2002 as markets are expected to track local GDP. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2009
The Foundation of the Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA) held its annual Flexo Forum in Washington, D.C.’s Marriott Wardman Hotel from May 5-8. Titled “Capitol Ideas,” this year’s Forum put an emphasis on flexo’s… Read More »
Published October 9, 2009
Rodney Balmer receives TAA award, Maurice Carruthers named TAM award recipient 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 »