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By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published April 22, 2010
The global recession has taken its toll on printers, but flexo packaging converters have fared reasonably well. For flexo ink manufacturers, the past year has been relatively stable. “The European and North American flexo market had somewhat o… Read More »
Conductive Ink Manufacturers See Opportunities Ahead for PE and RFID
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 24, 2010
There continues to be growing interest in the fields of printed electronics (PE) and RFID Read More »
The North American Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published March 24, 2010
The Recession Takes a Toll on the Ink Industry Read More »
The Pigment Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 24, 2010
The past year was a challenging one for pigment manufacturers. Demand for pigments generally declined due to the recession, and customers also looked to cut inventories. As a result, the market shrank, leading to more competition. Still, there were… Read More »
16. Central Ink Corporation
Published March 1, 2010
1100 N. Harvester Road West Chicago, IL 60185 Phone: (630) 231-6500 Fax: (630) 231-6520 www.cicink.com Sales: $60 million. Major Products: Web offset heatset, coldset, sheetfed, flexo and UV/EB inks. CIC is also one of the largest blanket converters… Read More »
15. Toyo Ink International Corporation
Published March 1, 2010
610 Fifth Ave., Suite 305 New York, NY 10020 Phone: (212) 554-2310 Fax: (212) 554-2319 Toyo Ink America, LLC   710 Belden Ave. Addison, IL 60101 Phone: (630) 930-5100 Fax: (630) 628-1759 www.toyoink.com  Sales: $64 million. Majo… Read More »
12. Nazdar
Published March 1, 2010
8501 Hedge Lane Road Shawnee, KS 66227-3290 Phone: (913) 422-1888 Fax: (913) 422-2296 www.nazdar.com Sales: $65 million (and more than $100 million in ink sales, equipment and supplies, estimated).  Major Products: Screen printing inks includin… Read More »
12. American Inks & Coatings
Published March 1, 2010
3400 N. Hutchinson St. Pine Bluff, AR 71602 Phone: (870) 247-2080 Fax: (870) 247-5317 www.americaninksandcoatings.com Sales: $65 million in ink and coatings. Major Products: Water- and solvent-based flexo and gravure packaging inks and coatings; UV… Read More »
7. Wikoff Color Corporation
Published March 1, 2010
1886 Merritt Road  Fort Mill, SC 29715 Phone: (803) 548-2210 Fax: (803) 548-5728 www.wikoff.com Sales: $150 million (Ink World estimate). Major Products: Sheetfed and web offset inks, solvent-based and water-based flexo and gravure inks, energy… Read More »
5. Siegwerk NAFTA
Published March 1, 2010
3535 SW 56th St. Des Moines, IA 53021 Phone: (515) 471-2100 or  (800) 728-8200 Fax: (515) 471-2202  www.siegwerk.com Total North American Sales: $195 million. Major Products: Solvent-based, water-based, energy curable and specialty liquid… Read More »
Flint Group
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published February 18, 2010
The announcement on Feb. 12 that Flint Group will acquire Torda Ink AB, a leading packaging ink supplier in parts of Europe and the Middle East, strikes me as a clear sign of the times. The transaction is expected to close by the end of March 2010, s… Read More »
Published February 10, 2010
Production of UV, water-based inks moving to Anniston, AL Read More »
Emphasis on Environment Leads AMGRAPH, IdeOn to Develop EB Curable Gravure Inks
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 20, 2010
EB curable inks are free of solvents and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Read More »
Published January 18, 2010
Flint Group is expanding its liquid packaging, sheetfed ink manufacturing operations in Poland Read More »
Flint Group
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 8, 2010
Honored with the Printing Ink Pioneer Award from the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) during its 2009 Annual Convention Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 10, 2009
For ink companies, 2009 was a balancing act, as manufacturers dealt with the global recession, volatile raw material prices and a drop in demand. Still, ink industry leaders see some signs of improvement heading into 2010. Read More »
Waxes and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 10, 2009
Manufacturers of waxes and additives are coming off of a challenging year, but there are signs that an economic rebound is now underway. Read More »
The Market for Metallics
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 9, 2009
The global recession and volatile prices for metals combined to make 2009 a challenging year for metallic ink and pigment suppliers. Read More »
UV Inks Continue to Make Gains In the European Marketplace
By Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor
Published December 9, 2009
A major impetus behind the expansion of UV into new printing sectors is the growing acceptance of its safety and contribution to environmental compliance. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 3, 2009
Perseverance Pays Off for Brewer’s Printing Ink of Georgia By David Savastano For a company to reach its 25th anniversary,it usually has had to navigate some difficult times in order to reach that milestone. For Brewer’s Pri… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 2, 2009
On the surface, it would seem that there could be little doubt that this is a tough time for entrepreneurs to start up ink companies. However, the reality is that there are opportunities for people who know what customers are hungry for – namel… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 2, 2009
Perhaps the most challenging project for printers are scratch-off game tickets. In order to prevent fraud, intricate security measures are created on an ongoing basis, thus preventing people from being able to check the results ahead of time. Compan… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 2, 2009
The printing ink industry has many successful family-owned businesses, and J.M. Fry Printing Inks, a Richmond, VA-based specialist in water-based and offset inks, is among the most successful. In the case of J.M. Fry Printing Inks, family means a wh… Read More »
Published November 13, 2009
ALTANA AG has concluded the purchase of the business of Water Ink Technologies, Inc. The company mainly produces water-based and UV inks, varnishes and coatings for narrow web applications at three sites in North Carolina.      With… Read More »
Published November 13, 2009
Toyo Ink Mfg. America, LLC, a member of the Toyo Ink Group, showcased an expanded lineup of packaging products and materials at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas, Las Vegas Convention Center, NV.      At the Toyo Ink booth, showg… Read More »
By Zubair Khan, Environmental Inks and Coatings
Published November 2, 2009
Ink manufacturers and their raw material suppliers have been evolving new technologies to meet these demands by providing new polymers, oligomers, monomers, photoinitiators, pigments and inks Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
In recent years, the primary concern for purchasing executives at ink companies has centered around pricing. In order to keep some level of profitability during tight economic conditions, ink companies kept pressure on suppliers to keep prices as low… 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 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 Dennis Butcher and Dr. Iuliana Nita, Noveon, Inc.
Published October 29, 2009
When water-based inks were first introduced, we thought this meant that the products were “safe.” But the material safety data sheets (MSDS) from the manufacturers showed many of the inks to contain up to 20 percent glycol ether solvents.… Read More »
By Dr. Alexander Grant, SunJet
Published October 29, 2009
UV jet inks are being developed that allow for appropriate jetting control, printhead compatibility, performance on a wide variety of media and can respond to real printing conditions such as varied print to cure time Read More »
By Lisa Hahn, Flexo Tech
Published October 29, 2009
When incorporated into water, surfactants strive to reduce their surface energy by isolating their hydrophobic segments from the aqueous phase Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 29, 2009
Receives TLMI's first Supplier of the Year Award 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 David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 28, 2009
SICPA's president and CEO led company's strategic focus on security, packaging inks 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 »
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 Heidemarie Menzel and Dr. Hans-Tobias Macholdt, Clariant
Published October 16, 2009
Ink jet technology is increasingly accepted for wide format printing on materials such as paper, card, glass and plastics 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 David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 16, 2009
Since the end of 2000, most printing ink manufacturers have found very little to cheer about from their business. During the past three years, the slumping economy has taken its toll in the U.S., and ink companies have felt the effects of the printin… Read More »
By Frank Kleinsteinberg and Susanne Struck, Tego Coating & Ink Additives, A Business Line of Degussa
Published October 16, 2009
Foam formation is a serious problem that can adversely affect the production of radiation-cured printing inks and overprint varnishes 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 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
More than 2,000 inkies among the more than 16,000 attendees at this year's ECS. 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 Joon Choo, Shamrock Technologies Inc.
Published October 14, 2009
Additives such as waxes have increasingly aided in extending the usefulness of the print or coating 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 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 »