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Fire hits Huntsman Corporation’s titanium dioxide manufacturing facility in Pori, Finland

Brussels, 2017-02-14

News has emerged that the Huntsman Corporation’s titanium dioxide manufacturing facility in Pori, Finland suffered a fire on 30th January 2017, stopping production at the site until repairs can be completed.

EuPIA announces availability of updated Good Manufacturing Practice

Brussels, 8 November 2016

EuPIA is announcing the availability of its new Good Manufacturing Practice Version 4.0 to further assist in controlling food safety hazards.  This latest edition of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) has been fully updated and expanded to cover the manufacture of all varnishes and coatings as well as inks designed to be printed on to Food Contact Materials (FCM), including all non-food contact and food contact surfaces of packaging and containers.

EuPIA Exclusion List Evolves into a new Exclusion Policy

Brussels, 7 September 2016

The European Printing Ink Association promotes the highest possible standards of health and safety in its self-regulating new Exclusion Policy, protecting workers and end users by excluding the most hazardous raw materials from ink formulations. 

Cost situation for printing inks in and from Europe: Raw material costs increase despite low oil prices!

Brussels, 16 March 2015

Crucial raw materials for printing inks have become more expensive for European based ink manufacturers due to currency exchange effects.

European Coatings Journal: EuPIA Annual Conference - 27 & 28 March 2014, Lisbon

Lisbon, 28 March 2014

Thomas Hensel, Past President of EuPIA, welcomed more than 80 participants with the four values that the Association stands for: proactive, competent, trustworthy and reliable.

This article has been published in European Coatings Journal, issue 5/2014 (http://www.european-coatings.com)

EuPIA's 10th Anniversary

Brussels, 17 December 2013

The printing ink industry is a proactive, competent, trustworthy and reliable industry sector and EuPIA is the ink manufacturers’ voice in Europe. This was the brief description of the industry and its association given by Thomas Hensel, Chairman of the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA) at a reception to celebrate the 10th anniversary of EuPIA.

European Coatings Journal: Printing Inks and Varnishes for Food Packaging

Brussels, April 2013

Food packaging must be manufactured such that it does not transfer its constituents to the packed foodstuffs in quantities which could endanger human health, cause an acceptable change in the composition of the food or inadvertently affect foodstuffs in terms of odour and taste.

These general requirements are laid down in the European Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

No Easing Expected at the Price Front

Brussels, 16 October 2012

Printing ink manufacturers in Europe are still dealing with difficulties caused by high raw material prices. Costs of chemical supplies needed for the production of printing inks are at an all-time high.

European Coatings Journal: Less Ups, More Downs

Venice, 16 March 2012

In most European countries, the printing ink industry had to cope with shrinking market volumes in the 4th quarter 2011, says Martin Cellerier, Chairman of the EuPIA Statistics Working group (ESWG)

European Coatings Journal: Updated Guideline on Food Packaging Inks & Varnishes

Brussels, February 2012

Food packaging must be manufactured such that it does not transfer its constituents to the packed foodstuffs in quantities which could endanger human health, cause an acceptable change in the composition of the food or inadvertently affect foodstuffs in terms of odour and taste. 

Dark Clouds on the Horizon for the Printing Ink Industry

Brussels, 5 July 2011

European producers of printing inks are ringing the alarm bells: with resources becoming increasingly scarce, costs continue to escalate to new record levels.

European Coatings Journal: EuPIA Annual Conference - 31 March & 1 April 2011, Vienna

Vienna, 1 April 2011

"What is the biggest single challenge for the printing ink industry?", Dr Dirk Aulbert, Chairman of the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA), asked on 31 March, right at the beginning of the two-day Annual Conference 2011 in Vienna/Austria.

None of the nearly 90 participants seemed to be surprised when the Chairman stated that there was more than one answer to this question.

Tremendous Increases in Raw Material Prices and Leadtimes

Brussels, 16 December 2010

Gum Rosin tops the list with a 400% price increase in only 18 months, but other raw materials for the printing inks manufacturers follow close behind. Especially resins but also pigments are causing major problems through the supply chain with respect to lead-times and prices, declared the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA) in Brussels.

Exploding Costs for Energy & Raw Materials Seriously Affect the Printing Ink Industry

Brussels, 8 August 2008

The dramatic increase in the cost of raw materials, energy and transportation, seriously impairs the prosperity of the printing ink industry: The costs of raw materials used in the production of inks and varnishes have risen by more than 30% worldwide while oil and natural gas as the most important energy sources are experiencing the fastest inflation in decades. As a result, the ink industry is forced to react to this situation says the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA).

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