Energy curing technologies continue to grow in popularity in flexo,
sheetfed and digital printing as well as coatings.
Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor11.21.16
Energy curing technologies have been growing in popularity due to their efficacy, sustainability and usefulness in a wide range of applications. The process is often referred to as radiation curing, or “radcure,” because both ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) are radiant energy sources.
Unlike other methods of curing, exposure to light is comparably non-hazardous. Additionally, this technology is typically less expensive than conventional coatings. In the past, hesitation to utilize this technology has stemmed from yellowing or cracking. In today’s market, however, those concerns are rarely warranted.
Growth in this market has been steady over the last few years. In fact, according to Kelly Kolliopoulos, Flint Group’s global marketing director for narrow web, for the narrow web global market, UV flexographic printing is seen as the fastest growing conventional printing process, with an expected growth rate of 4% per year.
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