Graphic Chemical & Ink Company is a world leader in the fine art field of printmaking. We manufacture our own time-tested inks for etching, litho and relief printing, as well as sell screen print inks, papers, tools, chemistry, plates and supplies for all of a printmaker's needs

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Location: Villa Park, Illinois, United States

I have worked for Graphic Chemical & Ink Company since 1968 - with a brief hiatus(almost 4 years) to travel the World courtesy of my uncle. Sadly it turns out it was my Uncle Sam, and I wasn't too thrilled about the places that he chose to send me. My wife and I have run Graphic Chemical for many years, and have enjoyed the travel that comes with the position. We get to meet our customers (and the occasional vendor) from all over the World

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Today marks the beginning of our IMPACT IV adventure. The first wave of staff/family from Graphic Chemical leaves in a few hours to begin the trek to Poznan, Poland for this important trade show. We are all excited about the possibilities and potential. Some friends of ours just returned from Poland, and had nothing but great things to say about their trip.

We begin the odyssey in Lithuania, where we'll open a new distributor, and meet with some well known Lithuanian artists at a reception on Friday, September 2nd. From there the entourage (and I've always wanted an entourage) will head for Berlin for the conference portion of IMPACT IV. On Wednesday, September 7th the whole IMPACT group will head, by train, to Poznan for the product fair and demonstrations.

Once IMPACT IV is over, we'll begin a trip to southern Germany to visit a number of our suppliers there. Hopefully, we'll get to the quarries at Solnhofen where the litho stones come from, and we'll visit some of our tool manufacturers as well.

While I may not have access to a computer for a while, I'll try to keep everyone posted on the progress of the trip. With any luck, we'll come back with new products, new ideas and ideally, for us, new customers.


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