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11/02/2012 - Speedball Acquires Akua Water-Based Inks

November 1st, 2012 - Statesville, North Carolina - Speedball Art Products Co., LLC has acquired the Akua line of professional printmaking inks and accessories.

New York-based master printer Susan Rostow and William Jung first identified a need for the creation of non-toxic printmaking inks prior to the birth of their son in 1996. They created Akua water-based inks, which enabled them to continue to create their art in their home studio without the worry of toxic elements. Akua inks can be used in a variety of printmaking techniques, including monotype, intaglio, relief, and collagraph. They are uniquely formulated to always stay wet on the printing plate, allowing for maximum flexibility in working time.

"Akua monotype and intaglio inks offer important performance advantages over existing products and will complement Speedball's leading position in the relief and screen printing categories," noted Walt Glazer, CEO of Speedball Art Products. “The combination of Speedball and Akua is a great fit to best meet the needs of artists and service our retail partners.”
Susan Rostow, co-founder of Akua identified Speedball as the ideal partner because, “I know they share the same passion for providing artists and students with a wide range of high quality products for safer traditional and contemporary printmaking.” Susan will join Speedball as a consultant focused on product development, artist relations, development of instructional videos and guides, and demonstrations representing the Akua and Speedball brands.
Customer service will be a top priority during transition, and Speedball anticipates uninterrupted customer service and support. In Q1 of 2013, product and shipments of Akua inks will transfer to Speedball’s 220,000 square foot facility in Statesville, NC.

  • Spring 2011 - NEW Young Artist™ Bienfang Paper Line

    In Spring 2011 Speedball released an extension to the Bienfang Paper Line - Young Artist™. This line has been designed to fulfil the needs of the up-and-coming artist with an array of quality paper products that appeal to the more advanced young artist or student! From Idea Journals, Marker Pads, Sketchbooks, Tracing Paper, Canvasette Paper, Constructioin Paper to Trading Cards - we have it all!  

  • 02/07/2011 - Speedball An American Original

    NEW! Speedball has now released an incredible video that is a tribute to you, the curators; moms and dads; teachers retailers and fine artists who embrace our brands and believe like we do that art is good. Trace our history over 100 years ago to the humble points that suddenly helped you transform the alphabet into a style all your own and you'll understand why we continue to make the goods that help the world make art. We not only survive on this heritage, we thrive on imagination, innovation and the belief that there is an artist in everyone. This is the principle our company is built on, this simple notion that we are all capable of creating great things. It's our job, our mission, our passion. Art makes a difference. Art matters. We are Speedball. For over 100 years, original. This video shows who we are - Speedball - and our commitment and dedication to continue to create amazing products. To check out this incredible video please visit the Media Center on our Website or by simply clicking the link on our homepage!  

  • 12/13/2010: Speedball Launches NEW Website!

    We are pleased to announce that on December 13, 2010 Speedball launched the new and improved speedballart.com! We have expanded our website to make it more resourceful for you - the ones who give us the inspiration! The new website is filled with more information about our Products, to downloads, media center even to videos!  

  • 3/4/2010: Speedball Acquires Bienfang Artist Paper Brand

    Speedball Art Products Co., LLC has acquired the Bienfang Artist Paper brand from Elmer’s Products, Inc. Since its genesis in a New York City loft in 1926, Bienfang has provided high quality papers for generations of artists.  

  • 6/23/2009: Creative Industries Pottery Wheel Acquisition

    June 23, 2009 - Statesville, North Carolina - Speedball Art Products Company, LLC announces that it has completed the acquisition of the Pottery Wheel Business of Creative Industries. Creative was established in 1971, and is recognized as an innovative leader in its market. Kenton Oakes who served as Creative's President and led the company through nearly 20 years of growth will stay on as a consultant and senior advisor to Speedball. 

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