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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 »
Published March 29, 2007
EFI and Kornit Digital, Ltd. announced a joint partnership to address the growing demands of the printed textile industry as it migrates from analog to digital technologies. As part of the agreement, EFI has made a strategic investment of $3.5 millio… Read More »
Published March 13, 2007
Tego Dispers 685 For Rad-Cure Inks Tego Coating Additives and Specialty Resins has introduced Tego Dispers 685, a new wetting and dispersing additive designed for preparing pigment concentrates for radiation curable industrial coatings and print… 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 »
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 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 »
The Sheetfed Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 8, 2007
Sheetfed ink manufacturers had a solid year in 2006, and see opportunities for growth in 2007. 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 »
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 »
Waxes, Solvents and Additives
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 7, 2006
For manufacturers of waxes, solvents and additives, 2006 was a year of mixed results, as business picked up but raw material prices remain a concern. 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 »
Published November 16, 2006
Cytec Industries Inc. announced the manufacturing start-up for select MACRYNAL high solids acrylic polyols and VIACRYL water-based acrylics at the company’s Langley, SC production facility. The capital investment made at the Langley plant shoul… 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 »
Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2006
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published November 9, 2006
Graph Expo featured a wealth of products and services for the printing and graphic communications industry. Read More »
Published October 10, 2006
To meet the rising demand for environmentally friendly high-performance rheology additives, Cognis has now consolidated the European production of its DSX range of rheology additives at its site in Castellbisbal, near Barcelona.     … Read More »
Published October 10, 2006
BASF Corporation announced plans to relocate the emulsion and resin production activities of recently acquired Johnson Polymer to Wyandotte, MI, from its current location in Sturtevant, WI. The company will also move the business, pilot plant and R&a… Read More »
The Packaging Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2006
The packaging ink market continues to show growth, while ink price increases are helping to offset higher raw material costs. Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 9, 2006
In recent years, ink manufacturers have done all they could to keep prices low as their raw material costs skyrocketed. However, the end result was dangerously low margins. Reluctantly, ink companies began raising their prices as best they could. &nb… Read More »
Published September 13, 2006
Cytec Launches Energy Curable Products Cytec Industries has launched four new energy curable products for the North American packaging industry. Viaflex 410 is a non-initiated letdown vehicle designed for use in UV/EB flexographic inks and coati… Read More »
Published September 8, 2006
BASF Corporation announced plans to relocate the emulsion and resin production activities of recently acquired Johnson Polymer to Wyandotte, MI, from its current location in Sturtevant, WI. The company will also move the business, pilot plant and R&a… Read More »
High Performance Pigments
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published August 9, 2006
As a result of their outstanding performance, high performance pigments are being used in many new applications, and remain a bright spot for pigment manufacturers. Read More »
Published July 26, 2006
XSYS Print Solutions, a part of the Flint Group, will reveal new dimensions to the label and narrow web packaging industry at Labelexpo Americas 2006 – exhibiting brand new products inspirational tools to guide converters, enabling them to reta… Read More »
The Inkjet Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published July 7, 2006
As inkjet printing continues its rapid growth, ink manufacturers are continually creating new technologies that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Will the commercial sheetfed market be the next major frontier for inkjet? Read More »
Published July 7, 2006
Membrana Offers Radial Flow SuperPhobic Membrana now offers the SuperPhobic 2 x 6 Membrane Contactor, an all polyolefin degassing device that is resistant to many aggressive ink and coating solutions and various solvents.     … Read More »
Published July 1, 2006
The acquisition of resins manufacturer Johnson Polymer by BASF was closed on July 1, 2006. The acquisition includes Johnson Polymer’s production sites in the U.S. and the Netherlands, as well as technical centers and offices in Asia Pacific. It… 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 »
The Asia-Pacific Ink Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 1, 2006
For printing ink manufacturers, the Asia-Pacific region, led by China and India, continues to offer the greatest opportunities for growth. Read More »
Published May 18, 2006
Solution Dispersions, Inc. appointed Chemcentral and Chemcentral joint venture  partners as distributors for their quality lines of carbon black dispersions for all international locations outside the U.S. Solution Dispersions, Inc., headquarter… Read More »
ALTANA Chemie Makes Major Gains In Ink, Coatings Markets
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 18, 2006
Acquisitions of Eckart, Kelstar and Rad-Cure are key in ALTANA Chemie's surge in effect pigments, coatings and sealants segments. Read More »
RFID and Printed Electronics
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published May 18, 2006
Experts predict that RFID and printed electronics will grow into a $16 billion business within the next 10 years. What role will the ink industry have in that growth, and who is best positioned to take advantage of this opportunity? Read More »
Published May 2, 2006
BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, announced an agreement to acquire resins manufacturer Johnson Polymer, a subsidiary of JohnsonDiversey Inc. of Sturtevant, WI. The respective agreement signed on May 1, 2006 provides for a sale price of $470 million. The… Read More »
Published April 10, 2006
Sun Chemical has launched a line of inkjet inks to be sold in the fast-growing North American “after-market” for wide format digital printing.      Sun Chemical will market these inkjet products under the Streamline bran… Read More »
Flint Group
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published April 10, 2006
As the integration of the Flint Group proceeds, its leaders look at what has been accomplished and what the potential is for the company. Read More »
The U.S. Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published April 10, 2006
Mergers and acquisitions and higher raw material costs were the major news in 2005, as ink manufacturers raised prices and worked to improve their margins. Read More »
Published April 6, 2006
Sun Chemical has launched new lines of packaging inks during IPEX. Sun Chemical developed new low migration inks under the IROCART and SUNCURE branding for the sheetfed offset market. IROCART is an ink system for conventional sheetfed offset pri… Read More »
Published April 4, 2006
Flint Group will make its North American trade show debut at FTA’s 2006 INFO*FLEX exhibition. Attendees will learn about Flint Group’s broader-than-ever offerings for flexible packaging printers, including wide web inks, printing plates,… Read More »
Published March 14, 2006
Johnson Polymer LLC has reached an amicable agreement with its partner, Toyo Ink Mfg. Co. Ltd., to purchase its remaining shares of the companies’ long standing joint venture, Johnson Polymer Corporation (JPC), the leading supplier of water-bas… 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 »
The Flexo Ink Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor
Published March 14, 2006
Despite the challenges of the sluggish economy and rising raw material costs, the flexo ink market fared well in 2005. Read More »
Published February 27, 2006
Sun Chemical has launched a line of inkjet inks to be sold in the fast-growing North American after-market for wide-format digital printing. Sun Chemical will market these inkjet products under the Streamline brand. These inks, both solvent and w… Read More »
Published February 16, 2006
Nazdar has acquired Lyson, Ltd., and its subsidiary, Lyson, Inc., a leading manufacturer of inkjet inks for digital printers. The Lyson brand and product line are now part of Nazdar’s Inks and Coatings Division, based in Shawnee, KS. Based i… Read More »
Published February 10, 2006
Johnson Polymer LLC has reached an amicable agreement with its partner, Toyo Ink Mfg. Co. Ltd., to purchase its remaining shares of the companies’ long standing joint venture, Johnson Polymer Corporation (JPC). JPC is the leading supplier of… Read More »
Published February 6, 2006
Effective January 1, 2006, Sandospers WF pigment preparations from Clariant’s Pigments & Additives Division are sold under the new brand name Flexonyl WF. The pigment preparations are particularly recommended for the production of water-bas… 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 25, 2006
Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. signed a definitive agreement to purchase the global wax compounds business of Rohm and Haas Company. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  Closing is subject to governmental approvals.   Under the a… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
Solution Dispersions will be using Chemcentral International as its non-exclusive distributor for water-based carbon black dispersion products outside of North America. To date, the export business of Solution Dispersions has been limited mainly t… Read More »
Published January 13, 2006
Flint-Schmidt/XSYS Print Solutions has announced price increases for its printing inks across Europe.      The price increases for packaging inks ranges from 5 to 8 percent for water-based inks and 7 to 12 percent for solvent-based i… Read More »