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The Printing Ink Manual


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Table of Contents

Preface. 1. The Nature of Printing Ink. 2. Printing Processes. 3. Colour and Colour Matching. 4. Raw Materials. 5. Letterpress Inks. 6. Lithographic Inks. 7. Dry Offset. Inks. 8. Gravure Inks. 9. Flexographic Inks. 10. Screen Inks. 11. Ultra-Violet and Electron-Beam Curing Systems. 12. Ink-Jet Inks. 13. Manufacture of Inks and Varnishes. 14. Rheology of Printing Inks. 15. Testing, Control and Quality Assurance. 16. Analysis of Printing Inks. 17. Health, Safety and the Environment.

About the Author

Dr Robert Leach worked for almost 40 years for Fishburn Printing Ink Company (now BASF) as Research Chemist, Head of Laboratories and then as Technical Director. He has edited the Printing Ink Manual since its first edition in 1961. Ray Pierce has worked for many years in printing ink developments, initially at Fishburn Ink Company (now BASF) as Chief Chemist and then as Technical Director. He was then European Technical Director of Inmont Corporation before becoming European Technical Director of BASF Packaging Ink Division. He was a lecturer and examiner in ink science for City and Guilds. He currently works as a consultant to the industry.


`The Printing Ink Manual has clearly become an internationally recognised authority on all aspects of printing ink. The European ink industry will find the fifth edition essential to all involved in and practicing printing ink. Students, raw material suppliers, schools and printers will find it an important reference book.'
H.A. Lentze, Secretary General European Confederation of Paint Printing Ink and Artists Colours Manufacturers Association (CEPE)
`We think the Printing Ink Manual is a very special book and therefore welcome its fifth edition. We offer the Manual to all people who attend the NPIRI summer course. I have found it to be the best available book today.'
James H. Sutphin, Executive Director National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM)
`The Printing Ink Manual has already become established as the standard source of practical information for everyone engaged in the printing ink industry. The fifth edition builds on this unrivalled reputation and the Oil and Colour Chemists Association is pleased to endorse this book and recommend it to its members.'
Chris Pacey-Day, General Secretary Oil and Colour Chemists Association (OCCA)

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