David Savastano, Editor01.19.18
Printing has changed over the years, and with it, so has the ink industry. I get a first-hand look at this every year via our annual US Ink Directory, a comprehensive list of more than 190 US ink manufacturers. I spoke with many ink manufacturers for the US Ink Directory, and I am always thankful that these executives set aside time to speak with me.
Every year, the list changes somewhat, as new companies open their doors while others are acquired or close for good. We see companies adding new product lines while eliminating others, whether through expansion of R&D or acquisition.
Over time, the list has changed noticeably. For example, the family-owned sheetfed ink companies that were so numerous decades ago have declined in number along with the small sheetfed printers they supplied. Packaging ink specialists have been the focus of most merger and acquisition activity in recent years.
Many small inkjet ink companies sprung up in the early 2000s, but many of them have dis
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