Mark your calendars for the 2019 NPIRI Technical Conference.  This conference is the only educational event that focuses on the market, technical, regulatory and new technology issues for the printing ink and printing industries.   You won’t want to miss this year’s NPIRI Technical Conference

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NPIRI Reviews ASTM Ink Industry Test Methods

Currently the National Printing Ink Research Institute (NPIRI) is revisiting the printing ink industry involvement in the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) test methods under sub-committees D01.37 – Printing Ink Vehicles and  D01.56 Printing Inks. A listing of the  test  methods for both sub-committees and other ASTM-related information is available on the ASTM page of the NAPIM members website.

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Chinese Tariffs – 2019

NAPIM is collecting information from its membership to determine potential impacts of Chinese tariffs on the List 3 materials.   Visit the tariffs page on the NAPIM members website for more information.

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blsResize The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will not publish illness/injury data for the printing ink industry for 2017 and 2018. Visit the OSHA Reporting page on the NAPIM members’ website for more information.

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2019 NPIRI Summer Course July 14-19


Attend this unique, one week-long course and gain the solid understanding you need to do you need to succeed in your career.  Designed to appeal to both technical (formulators, in-plants, chemists,) and non-technical (sales, support personnel, anyone new to the industry) staff, you’ll receive in-depth instruction in:

  • fundamentals of printing ink formulation
  • terminology
  • print processes
  • on-press demos
  • ink test methods
  • other advanced topics

More info here.

Contact George Fuchs (770)209-7291 at the  NAPIM office for more information

Register Today!

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2019 Technical Conference Planning Meeting/ Food Packaging Safety Meeting – Atlanta, GA Feb 12 and 13, 2019

The planning meeting for the 2019 Technical Conference and the  Food Packaging Safety Meeting will take place at the Home 2 Hilton Suites in Norcross, GA. on February 12 and 13, 2019.   Please contact George Fuchs at the NAPIM office if you would  like to attend.

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2018 Chinese Tariffs

The  tariffs on  printing  ink raw materials  are having  an upward impact on the costs of printing  ink  input materials.  There is a tariff exclusion procedure available through the Office of the U.S. Trade representative.   Read more on the tariff exclusion page on the members’ area of the NAPIM  website.

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Art Franke Passes Away

FrankeResizeIt is with great sadness that  we report that long time ink industry stalwart Art Franke (10/26/1928 – 7/25/2018) has passed away.

Arthur G. Franke joined Acme Printing Ink Company, in Chicago in 1948.  He started work for Acme Chicago as an inplant operator and quickly worked his way up to General Manager of the Mason Ave. plant in Chicago.  His exceptionally well-rounded career includes service in almost every phase of the ink business.  He served his company in both laboratory and production positions and in 1963 he was made President for the Colormaster Ink Co. (Hallmark Cards Offset Printing Ink,  manufactured by Acme Printing inks).  The Colormaster inks were exclusively made for Hallmark Cards and were specifically used to print all Hallmark greeting cards at that time.

During his career he was a mentor and a teacher, not only to great companies like Hallmark Cards and many others but to hundreds of employees of Acme and Inx International. Art Franke was truly a profound expert in the manufacturing of printing inks and has brought many skills to current and past INX employees.  If you did not learn something new from Art Franke, you were not listening.

He had always encouraged his people to participate in NAPIM and NPIRI technical activities and has the distinction of attending the very first NPIRI summer course in printing ink technology at Lehigh University.  During his role on the Board of Directors for INX, Art also served as President of Knight Colors Dispersion Company.  Art served as a Senior Advisor to INX International before retiring from INX in January of 2004.

Art is survived by his 4 children, Lucinda, Don, Dan, and Lelinda (Lindy).  During his career he introduced his daughter Lindy, and both sons, Don and Dan to the printing ink industry while they worked at the Kansas City plant.  Lindy is still with INX today, and Dan is currently working for another Kansas City ink company.  Art was preceded in death by his wife, Marvaleen




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Health Hazard Reclassifications

There is continuing and increasing scrutiny of the health and safety hazards associated with chemical exposures.  This scrutiny, much of which at present is the result of the European Union’s REACh (and Classification and Labeling – CLP regulations) which continuously accumulates data on chemical safety and health, frequently results in the health/safety hazard re-classification of chemical substances – including substances used in printing inks.

Recently, three photoiniators/amine synergists used in some printing inks were reclassified to a more restrictive health hazard.   Read more on the NAPIM Members’ website


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FDA Clarifies Foreign Supplier Verification Enforcement

January 2018 The  Food and  Drug Administration has issued enforcement guidance related to the Foreign Supplier Verification requirements (for food contact materials) of the Food Safety Modernization Act.   Please visit the Food Packaging Safety page on the  NAPIM members’ website.

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