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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 »
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 »
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 October 28, 2009
For the past few years, there has been little reason to cheer the results for the printing ink industry. As has been the case with the ink industry’s customers and its suppliers, the last few years have been economically difficult for most comp… 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 David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 14, 2009
Eastman Resins' Lud Horn continues to earn honors and inspire his colleagues. 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 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 »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 8, 2009
Central Ink's Richard Breen has seen the ink industry and his company change dramatically Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 7, 2009
Developing products are key to creating new markets and spurring growth Read More »
By Mike Agosta, Ink World Associate Editor
Published October 7, 2009
Metallic inks help to draw the eye and grab attention, and companies are poised for growth in 2002 Read More »
By Robert J. Geiger and Charles A. Henderson, UCB Chemicals Corporation
Published October 7, 2009
Editor’s Note: “UV Flexographic Inks: Correlation Between Rheology and Press Performance” was presented at the National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) 45th Annual Technical Conference in Scottsdale, AZ in Octobe… Read More »
By Bob Cook, Lawter International, Inc.
Published October 2, 2009
Over the years, resin and vehicle manufacturers tested a product’s solubility using the traditional titration method. This method provides information as to the percent solids at kick out or differences in solubility using various oils or solve… Read More »
EuroStar Focuses on High-Quality Inks
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 9, 2009
EuroStar Focuses on High-Quality Inks Read More »
The First Step to Quantifying
By Al Berna, Inksolutions LLC
Published June 9, 2009
There has been a growing trend in the ink industry for “green” inks. Read More »
Inksolutions
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 2, 2009
Dan DeLegge, third from left, this year’s recipient of NAPIM’s TAM Service Award, is joined by his wife, Kristi, as well as John Jilek Sr., at left, and John Jilek Jr., at right. In 1981, Dan DeLegge, a recent gr… Read More »
The RFID Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 7, 2009
While the market for RFID and conductive inks has not grown as quickly as originally anticipated, the outlook for printed electronics is excellent as new applications and opportunities emerge. Read More »
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 August 11, 2008
The printing ink industry continues to experience unprecedented increases in all raw materials – pigments, chemicals, freight and packaging. These increases are directly and indirectly related to crude oil increases as well as large swings in t… Read More »
Published July 11, 2008
Flint Group announces prices increases and surcharges for commercial and packaging inks sold in the U.S. and Canada. 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 »
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 »
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 »
The Challenge of Emulsification
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published August 7, 2007
For offset printers, emulsification, or ink/water balance, is a major challenge, and ink manufacturers are offering guidance to help customers run their presses as smoothly as possible. Read More »
Published July 13, 2007
Direct Ink Corporation has appointed Inksolutions, LLC and its subsidiary, Westcoast Inksolutions, as its exclusive distributor of Dong Yang lithographic printing inks in the U.S.      Dong Yang was founded in 1948 and is now the le… Read More »
Published June 28, 2007
Fujifilm announced that its primary U.S. manufacturing complex, located in Greenwood, SC, will begin using methane gas from a local community landfill to power approximately 40 percent of the facility’s operations.   Through an arrangem… Read More »
Published June 21, 2007
Direct Ink Corporation has appointed Inksolutions, LLC and its subsidiary, Westcoast Inksolutions, as its exclusive distributor of Dong Yang lithographic printing inks in the U.S. Dong Yang was founded in 1948 and is now the leading and largest ink m… Read More »
CPMA Examines The Value of Color
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 6, 2007
CPMA's 2007 International Conference focused on the importance of color in the ink, coatings and cosmetics industries. 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 »
UV/EB Raw Materials
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published April 4, 2007
Issues such as rising energy costs and environmental regulations are driving the market for UV/EB technologies. 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 »
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 »
Published June 1, 2006
Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., the world's largest producer of thermoset resins, has completed its purchase of the global ink and adhesive resins business of Akzo Nobel. The business produces resins used to manufacture inks for commercial print… Read More »
e5 Attracts Record Number of Attendees, End-Users
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 1, 2006
The rapid growth of UV and EB are clearly illustrated by the record number of attendees, most notably end-users, who came to the show Read More »
Published April 27, 2006
Record numbers attended RadTech's biennial e|5: UV & EB Technology Expo & Conference, April 24-26 2006, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.  "With rising energy costs, increasing international competition, and continuing environmen… Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 14, 2006
Pigment manufacturers are facing numerous challenges, including tighter margins, higher raw material and operating costs, overcapacity and offshore competition. How these challenges are met will determine which companies will ultimately succeed. Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 6, 2006
When it comes to vehicles and varnishes, ink manufacturers are looking for innovation at an affordable price. Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. announced that it will raise prices in the Americas effective Jan. 1, 2006 for various resins and ingredients used in formulating printing inks. “Ongoing cost increases for both raw materials and energy make… Read More »
Published November 18, 2005
Effective Nov. 1, 2005, Sun Chemical Performance Pigments instituted a price increase of 5 percent on flush colors sold into the North American market.      “The entire chemical industry is suffering from unprecedented volatil… Read More »
The Resin Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Higher raw material costs, short supply of some key ingredients and tighter margins continue to be serious issues for ink and resin manufacturers alike. Read More »
Published October 25, 2005
Inksolutions, LLC, Elk Grove Village, IL, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Bria Graphics, Inc., Hawthorne, CA.      The two companies will form a new varnish company in Los Angeles to service the lithographic ink companies on… Read More »
The UV/EB Raw Materials Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Growth of radiation curing continues, but raw material price pressures and shortages remain major concerns. Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
In a year dominated by rising raw material prices and an improving economy, many pigment manufacturers were able to get much-needed price increases. Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 25, 2005
Although there generally were signs of improvement in 2004, vehicle and varnish suppliers are watching raw material pricing and profitability closely in 2005. Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments group has announced price increases of 5 to 10 percent on pigments and pigment preparations. The increases apply to products sold to the ink, plastics, coatings and some specialty markets on a global basis.… Read More »
Published October 24, 2005
RadTech, the only North American trade association dedicated to the advancement of UV curing technology, recently expanded its organization by adding a Composites Focus Group.  The group is dedicated to aiding in the safe adoption of UV technolo… Read More »
UV/EB Raw Materials
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published September 30, 2005
The UV/EB cure market has fared well in 2003, and as the technology becomes more widely used in new markets, the potential for growth in 2004 is promising. Read More »
Vehicles and Varnishes
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
As the economy improves, vehicle and varnish manufacturers are hopeful that the printing ink industry will see improvement. However, rising crude oil prices are a serious concern. Read More »
The International Report 2003
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 12, 2005
The international nature of the printing ink industry is ever more apparent, as the leading ink manufacturers span the globe from Japan, the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K., Holland, India, France and Brazil. Read More »
Published September 12, 2005
Eastman Chemical Company (www.eastman.com) honored one of its own by naming its Pleasant Prairie, WI, technical center for Lud Horn, former senior vice president of R&D at Eastman Resins, at a ceremony on June 26.      The dedic… Read More »