March 2021 NAPIM Addresses Ink Industry Supply Chain Challenges

The printing ink industry in North America is facing unprecedented challenges in raw material feed stocks, supplies, and freight.The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent winter storms that hit the U.S, have crippled the supply chain for the industry. In Texas alone, the frozen roads and the failing power grid have idled or slowed manufacturing sites and oil production causing spot shortages and jeopardizing ink supplies

Earlier this week, U.S. President Biden ordered a review of US supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, and semiconductors, among others.

Virtually all raw material families for the printing ink industry, including oil, energy curable, solvent, and water-based systems have been greatly impacted. Print equipment suppliers are also under pressure as equipment and parts are often delayed.

NAPIM supports our members, our industry, and our economy. It is respectfully requested that companies and organizations work together to address these challenges and issues until normal production and distribution resume.

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2020 Technical Conference Goes Virtual

We Are Coming To You This Fall

Join Industry Leaders for the VIRTUAL NAPIM Technical Conference and Electronic & Conductive Ink Conference!

National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), Ink World and Printed Electronics Now are excited to announce the inaugural VIRTUAL 2020 NAPIM Technical Conference/Third Annual Electronic and Conductive Ink Conference. The conferences will be held during the week of October 12, 2020.

This year’s programs will offer comprehensive looks at the latest in ink technology, both present and future. NAPIM’s Technical Conference will feature its Keynote sessions, as well as Technical and Regulatory breakout sessions. Speakers will cover major themes, including packaging, sustainability and the most up-to-date environmental, health and safety (EHS) updates.

NAPIM Executive Director, John Copeland, stated “By launching the Technical Conference in a virtual format, we are able to attract ink manufacturers from around the world to register and attend that have not been able to in previous years.”

The Third Annual Electronic and Conductive Ink Conference will highlight the latest trends in conductive inks and flexible and printed electronics.

In addition, Virtual Exhibits will allow attendees to connect with leading suppliers in the field.  Stay tuned for more details on speakers and exhibitors.

For more information, interested attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors can contact George Fuchs at or 864-884-8095 for the NAPIM Technical Conference, and Dale Pritchett at or 201-290-0149 for the Electronic and Conductive Ink Conference.

Mark your calendars for this year’s VIRTUAL NAPIM Technical Conference and Electronic & Conductive Ink Conference!  October 12-16, 2020

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Are you covered by the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Rule (CDR)?

CDR is a collection of basic exposure related information on the types, quantities,
and uses of chemical substances manufactured domestically or imported into the
United States.    Chemical manufacturers and importers are potentially affected.  Learn more in the TSCA page on the NAPIM Members website.

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2020 NAPIM Summer Course Cancelled

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff, NAPIM is announcing the cancellation of the Summer Course scheduled for July 12-17, 2020 at the Sonoco Institute – Clemson University, South Carolina due to coronavirus.

Clemson University has moved all classes online through the summer session with no plans to open the university for outside events. The Summer Course is such a hands-on experience that without the use of the classrooms and labs, there will be no virtual or online alternative offered.  


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2020 NAPIM Annual Convention – Cancelled

March 13, 2020
On behalf of the NAPIM Board of Directors and Staff, the decision has been made to cancel NAPIM’s Spring Convention scheduled for April 17-20 in Phoenix, Arizona due to concerns related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was not an easy decision for us to make. However, it is our obligation to do what is in the best interests of all our attendees and event sponsors. As we have all been following the news surrounding coronavirus, it is changing hourly with local and state governments issuing safety declarations, airlines cancelling flights, and large events such as conferences and sporting events being cancelled. Some attendees have already informed us that their companies have stopped all employee travel and that they would not be sending anyone to the NAPIM Spring Convention.
This is an unprecedented situation for our organization, but we wanted to inform you as soon as a decision was made.

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Packaging “Essential Manufacturing” Designation

The links below show the NAPIM position on the ink industry designation as “Essential Manufacturing” and related information from the US Department of Homeland Security – Cyber Infrastructure Security Administration (CISA) – GUIDANCE ON THE ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKFORCE
NAPIM position March 20, 2020
CISA March 19, 2020

Please contact John Copeland or George Fuchs with any comments or questions.

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EU Lists Four(4) new SVHC

Helsinki, 16 January 2020 – ECHA has added three new substances to the Candidate List due to their toxicity to reproduction and a fourth due to a combination of other properties of concern. This latter causes probable serious effects to human health and the environment, giving rise to an equivalent level of concern to carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR), persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances.

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2018 Ink Industry Safety Statistics Continue to Show Improvement

Recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) covering work-related illnesses and injuries for the printing ink manufacturing industry (NAICS: 32591) show significant reductions in both total work-related cases and lost workday cases. Read More on the NAPIM website.

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EU Classifies Titanium Dioxide as Category 2 Inhalation Carcinogen

On February 18, 2020 the European Union published a delegated regulation classifying titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a category 2 suspected carcinogen by inhalation1. This classification is applicable to facilities handling/processing or selling dry, powder titanium dioxide where there is a potential for evolution of TiO2 particulates. Read more in the member’s area of the NAPIM website.

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2020 NAPIM Annual Convention – Cancelled


February 13, 2020

Spring Convention

Sustainability:  Today,
Tomorrow and Beyond

April 17-20

Wigwam Resort

300 East Wigwam Blvd.
Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340




The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers
is your go-to source for education and technical resources – and the
upcoming Spring Convention won’t disappoint! The convention focus “Sustainability: Today, Tomorrow
and Beyond”
will tackle the important issues surrounding
sustainability in our industry.
Kick off
the conference with our keynote presentation “Magic of Change and
 with Billy Riggs.



for Tennis, Golf and Activities

Planned events include:

  • President’s Reception 
  • Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament*
  • NAPIM Awards Reception & Dinner 
  • Ladies & Scramble Golf Tournaments*
  • NAPIM Fun Night

NEW Activities & Excursions – Reserve
Your Space Today!

  • 4×4 Excursion*
    Come share the adventure.
    Experience the awesome beauty of the pristine Sonoran Desert with your
    cowboy guide. Don’t forget your camera; guests will witness some
    of the best panoramic views that Arizona has to offer. 
  • Desert Botanical Garden Tour*
    Spring at Desert Botanical Garden brings wildflowers, butterflies
    and blooming cactus. Explore the newest art exhibition, Wild
    Rising by Cracking Art—an installation of more than 1,000 animal
    sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic as well as the
    Garden’s Spring Butterfly Exhibit.
  • Wigwam Grilling Class*
    Come kick up your heels in
    this class as you learn the secrets to cooking great grilled food
    beyond the burger. Master the basics, as well as a variety of
    time-saving techniques and tools. Learn recipes for marinades and
    grilling sauces to accompany items like veggies, steak, fish, chicken
    and large grilled meats. Shake up some refreshing cocktails using
    fresh ingredients to enjoy with the savory grilled plates.

additional registration

Registered to Attend?
You may add activities to an
existing registration online. 

Michele StClair @ 815-708-7387 or
for assistance.



And let’s not forget the beautiful resort where we’ll be
staying – the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona.  This
Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America couples historic charm with
a truly modern sense of adventure. Learn more about the
venue here.

Reservation Cut off is
Thursday, March 26, 2020. 


Learn more at

NAPIM – Your go-to resource for all the information you need!

E State St., Ste 306, Rockford, IL 61108 | ph: 815-708-7387



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