12 Jul 2020

Sun Chemical to increase prices on inks and consumables in North America

Sun

Faced with continued increases in the costs of raw materials and volatility in the global supply chain, Sun Chemical will raise prices on February 1, 2011 in North America by:

  • $0.14 per pound for sheetfed blending bases
  • $0.10 per pound for sheetfed blacks, whites and varnishes
  • $0.12 per pound for heatset process black and colour inks
  • $0.07 per pound for solvent-based liquid inks
  • $0.10 per pound for all white liquid inks
  • 5 percent for screen inks
  • 8-12 percent for heatset Pantone Matching Systems(PMS), fluorescent, metallic inks and overprint varnishes
  • 5-10 percent for silicones and washes, and
  • 5 percent for fountain solutions. 

For over two years, raw materials cost and supply instability have significantly impacted the ink industry. Non-traditional factors that began early in 2010 to impact the price of major feedstocks and raw materials continue, including: supply base consolidation and capacity curtailment, significant decline in refinery margins, and rationalised operating rates to meet diminished demand. The combination of these factors has led to the elevated costs on such raw materials as TiO2, rosin and polyamide resins, nitrocellulose, and many more.
 
"In some cases, such as for TiO2, we have seen the global capacity reduced by as much as 10 percent in three years, demand driven up, and raw materials for manufacturing TiO2 become tight," said Tony Renzi, Vice President of Product Management, Liquid Inks, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. "These factors have resulted in an increase in this raw material pricing of 15 percent in 2010 with another 8 percent increase announced for January 1, 2011. With the market's continued tightness, TiO2 is forecasted to increase another 6-8 percent quarterly in 2011. Factors like these for TiO2 and other raw materials have made it difficult to offset the rising raw material costs and unfortunately has forced us to pass some of these costs on to our customers."
 
"At Sun Chemical, we have worked and continue to work extremely hard to control our own costs as well as work closely with our supply chain partners to curtail cost, but it has not been enough to offset the drastic raw material price increases we have seen this past year across all our product lines," said Charles Murray, President, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. "We will continue to work closely with our customers to help them get the most possible out of their inks, and to develop new value oriented products and services that can help them grow their business despite this challenging marketplace."

Toyo Ink Acquires Additional Shares of Sakata INX

Toyo

Toyo Ink Mfg. Co., Ltd., primarily known in the LFP industry as the provider of OEM inks to a number of Japanese large format printer manufacturers, have announced that following a resolution, it has acquired an additional interest in Sakata INX Corporation, with whom Toyo Ink has capital and business ties.

Sakata INX themselves have previously been on the acquisition trail, having acquired or created joint ventures with alternative ink manufacturers Triangle and Megaink.

The acquisition was made on Dec. 10, 2010, with Toyo Ink acquiring 3 million shares of Sakata INX stock. The number of shares Toyo Ink held before acquisition was 7,536,000 shares, or 12.04 percent. Toyo Ink now holds 10,536,000 shares, or 16.83 percent.

MACtac Expands Indoor and Outdoor Window Advertising Potential with New IMAGin Perforated Window Media

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MACtac Graphic Products introduces IMAGin® Perforated Window Media WP129, a one-way visibility film used to transform indoor or outdoor window surfaces into graphical canvases on one side, without sacrificing significant visibility on the other. Designed to maximize the use of promotional real estate, IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 can be used for a variety of shorter-term indoor and outdoor window applications, including buildings, some vehicles, retail and point-of-purchase (POP) displays, architectural graphics, and more.

Additionally, IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 is an extremely cost-effective solution. “At a very competitive price point, IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 allows our customers to improve profitability, without forgoing quality,” said Mary Ann Kucera, marketing manager, MACtac Graphic Products

MACtac’s latest perforated window film solution is a 6.0-mil soft white vinyl film coated with a black semi-permanent adhesive. It features 41/59 percent perforation with a hole diameter of 1.6 mm and a distance between holes of 2.4 mm, which enhances visibility of window graphics. “MACtac’s new versatile indoor/outdoor window film solution has better-than-average visibility characteristics when compared to similar films,” Kucera added. “WP129 allows for minimal visual disruption while providing maximum media real estate.“ Featuring an 86# stable white kraft liner, IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 offers excellent stability during printing, handling and installation. Along with its ease in print and installation, the window film helps increase window security and privacy while decreasing heat and glare from the sun in outdoor or externally exposed applications.

IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 is intended for wide format, eco-solvent and, solvent-based inkjet printing.

The full line of MACtac Graphic Products: IMAGin, PERMACOLOR, MACmark and REBEL, provide a pressure-sensitive solution for every signage need. Whatever technology - wide-format digital printing, mounting and laminating, CAS, or screen printing - MACtac has you covered.

MACtac expands indoor and outdoor window advertising potential with new IMAGin® perforated window media

Mactac Logo

MACtac® Graphic Products introduces IMAGin® Perforated Window Media WP129, a one-way visibility film used to transform indoor or outdoor window surfaces into graphical canvases on one side, without sacrificing significant visibility on the other.

Designed to maximise the use of promotional real estate, IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 can be used for a variety of shorter-term indoor and outdoor window applications, including buildings, some vehicles, retail and point-of-purchase (POP) displays, architectural graphics, and more.

Additionally, IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 is an extremely cost-effective solution. "At a very competitive price point, IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 allows our customers to improve profitability, without forgoing quality," said Mary Ann Kucera, marketing manager, MACtac Graphic Products.

MACtac's latest perforated window film solution is a 6.0-mil soft white vinyl film coated with a black semi-permanent adhesive. It features 41/59 percent perforation with a hole diameter of 1.6 mm and a distance between holes of 2.4 mm, which enhances visibility of window graphics.

"MACtac's new versatile indoor/outdoor window film solution has better-than-average visibility characteristics when compared to similar films," Kucera added. "WP129 allows for minimal visual disruption while providing maximum media real estate."

Featuring an 86# stable white kraft liner, IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 offers excellent stability during printing, handling and installation. Along with its ease in print and installation, the window film helps increase window security and privacy while decreasing heat and glare from the sun in outdoor or externally exposed applications.

IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 is intended for wide format, eco-solvent and, solvent-based inkjet printing.

dtec celebrates brand growth with streamlined website

Dtec

Wide format digital media brand dtec has launched a simplified product range and more user-friendly website to complement its dynamic new brand image.

dtec has streamlined the range to make it easier for buyers to find the right type of material for their large format printing.

The modern and stylish new look celebrates the firm’s continued growth and the website is designed to provide ease of use and more creative control for the user.

The streamlined website is split by application and media type, allowing customers to quickly find information on the displays they require, from all major wide format applications including posters, pop-ups, light boxes, fine art prints, lamination, floor graphics and banners.

dtec’s new look comes after eight successful years in business with availability across Europe.

Rob Karpenko from dtec said: “This is an exciting time for our company as we look forward to creating a world class brand. Since the reorganisation, dtec has enjoyed double digit growth across Europe as our customers appreciate a tighter, more focused product range.”

“Our new brand personality is ultra-modern and dynamic and we remain committed to providing the highest quality products at excellent value.”

dtec, owned by PaperlinX and is available in 13 countries across Europe, providing a variety of wide format printing solutions.

The new website can be accessed at www.dtec-media.com

Roland metallic silver ECO-SOL MAX ink wins Viscom Best of 2010 Award

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Roland DGA Corp. has announced that the company's Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink received the Best of 2010 Award at Viscom Frankfurt, held recently in Germany.

The award follows several prestigious industry honours for Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink including EDP and DPI awards.  It also recognises the innovative technology behind VersaCAMM VS and SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT wide-format inkjet printer/cutters and Roland VersaWorks RIP software which together optimise the ink's performance across a wide range of media and applications.

"All of us at Roland are honoured to receive this award," said Rick Scrimger, vice president and general manager of Roland DGA Corp.  "Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink allows Roland customers to differentiate their businesses by adding dramatic effects and premium value to graphics.  Users can print thousands of metallic and pearlescent colors for custom signs, banners, photographic reproductions, window graphics, posters, POP, labels, decals, decorated apparel, vehicle graphics and wraps of all kinds."

Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink is the industry's first metallic silver eco-solvent ink and produces metallic graphics previously only possible through screen printing, offset printing and hot stamping processes.  To meet a variety of business demands, Roland's metallic inkjet line includes 64," 54" and 42" VersaCAMM VS models and the 54" SOLJET XC-540MT.  VersaWorks RIP software is included in all models and features the Roland Metallic Color Library of 512 metallic spot colors.