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By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 20, 2010
For the past few years, raw material costs and supply for printing inks have been, in a word, volatile Read More »
Published September 9, 2010
Phil Lambert will continue to serve as chairman of the Board of Directors Read More »
The Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published July 19, 2010
Some signs of improvement after a challenging year Read More »
By Ed Dedman, President, ProtoPrint Technologies
Published July 16, 2010
You’ve probably seen that TV commercial lately for a nationwide office supply chain (I won’t name them – I simply “stapled” their most recent ad up on my bulletin board) where the two loud, obnoxious guys are shouting &l… Read More »
12. Wikoff Color Corporation
Published July 1, 2010
1886 Merritt Road Fort Mill, SC 29715, USA Phone: +1 803-548-2210 Fax: +1 803-548-5728 www.wikoff.com E-mail: marketing@wikoff.com Sales: $150 million (Ink World estimate). Major Products: Sheetfed and web offset inks, solvent-based and water-based… Read More »
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 »
The North American Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published March 24, 2010
The Recession Takes a Toll on the Ink Industry 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 »
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 »
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 »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
During the past few years, the economic slump that impacted a large segment of the global economy changed the way companies handled their business. In particular, businesses were forced to become more conservative, looking for ways to cut costs and g… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 2, 2009
When companies are acquired in the ink industry, the larger ink manufacturers are generally involved. By contrast, Wikoff Color Corporation, Fort Mill, SC, has never been known for purchasing ink companies. That changed in the last six months, as Wi… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 30, 2009
It is the dream of any entrepreneur to be able to start up a successful business. For Ken Smith and Chris Blackburn, the opportunity to begin a specialty coatings company that can compete with major suppliers has become a dream come true. While work… Read More »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 30, 2009
It is the dream of any entrepreneur to be able to start up a successful business. For Ken Smith and Chris Blackburn, the opportunity to begin a specialty coatings company that can compete with major suppliers has become a dream come true. While work… 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 David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published October 15, 2009
All too often, competition leads to hard-nosed tactics and hard feelings, as some companies will try to take away business by any means possible. However, there are also companies that do insist on competing fair. For Jim Stanley, president of Ameri… Read More »
Published October 14, 2009
From developing an employee-owned company to empowering colleagues, Wikoff Colors founder was ahead of his time. 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 »
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
Ink companies find much interest as they launch new products for the market. 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 »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 9, 2009
For ink manufacturers, continued volatility in crude oil prices and supply concerns remain serious challenges Read More »
The Top International Ink Companies
By Staff
Published July 21, 2009
The top international ink manufacturers faced major challenges during the last year, as raw material prices rose while the global recession impacted demand for printing. Read More »
Value – What Does it Really Mean
By Daryl Collins, Wikoff Color
Published June 24, 2009
Ultimately, the value of a printing ink supplier must be determined by looking far beyond the price list. Read More »
Sustainability for Inks and Printing
By Dr. Don P. Duncan, Director of Research, Wikoff Color Corporation
Published June 9, 2009
The idea of products and packaging that are “sustainable” is at least two decades old, but has been re-energized with the public focus brought by Wal-Mart. Read More »
uv.eb West 2009 Showcases New Opportunities for Energy Curing
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published June 2, 2009
Energy curing has been one of the bright spots for the graphic arts industry, as ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curing continue to enjoy solid growth. The key drivers – faster production, better performance properties and environmental… Read More »
The Sheetfed Ink Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published March 31, 2009
While the commercial sheetfed side of the business was soft, the folding carton market remained fairly steady in the past year Read More »
The North American Top 20 Report
By Staff
Published March 30, 2009
Leading ink manufacturers had a challenging year, as higher raw material prices dominated the first half of 2008, and the global recession heavily impacted sales at the end of the year. Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 25, 2008
For ink manufacturers, 2008 finished on a difficult note, as the economy and the state of raw materials took its toll. Still, there is a sense of cautious optimism going into 2009, as �green� products and new technologies offer opportunities. Read More »
The Energy-Curable Market
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 5, 2008
Despite raw material pricing and supply issues, UV- and EB-curable inks and coatings enjoy growth in the marketplace, while LED-curable technologies offer new opportunities. Read More »
International Companies to Watch
By Staff
Published August 7, 2008
Editor's Note: Here, in alphabetical order, are a few additional leading international ink companies that deserve notice. Brancher Company        Parc d’activite du Saule 28170 Tremblay les villages, Fr… 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 »
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 »
Geoff Peters - Wikoff Color Corporation
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published November 27, 2007
Wikoff Color has been an impressive success story in recent years. Through organic growth, Geoff Peters innovative products and strategic acquisitions, the company has grown from an estimated $80 million four years ago to an… 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 »
Published October 11, 2007
Geoff Peters has been elected president and COO of Wikoff Color Corporation. Phil Lambert, former president of Wikoff Color, will continue to serve as CEO of the company and as chairman of the Board of Directors.      Mr. Peters most r… Read More »
Published August 31, 2007
Geoff Peters has been elected president and COO of Wikoff Color Corporation.  Phil Lambert, former president of Wikoff Color, will continue to serve as CEO of the company and as chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Peters most recently ser… 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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
The Raw Material Report
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published September 11, 2006
Led by crude oil, prices for key ink ingredients across the spectrum are rising dramatically, leading companies to wonder when, and if, prices will eventually stabilize. 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 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 »
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 »
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published January 13, 2006
Sheetfed printers are facing numerous challenges, and ink manufacturers are working to help their customers thrive in the changing marketplace. Read More »
The Year in Review
By David Savastano, Ink World Editor
Published December 12, 2005
Mergers and acquisitions, which have been scarce in recent years, dominated the news in 2005. Read More »