Baldwin, a world leader in highly reactive UV, LED UV and IR drying systems, has acquired Air Motion Systems, a leading provider of LED UV curing technology for the graphic arts industry. The new entity of Baldwin, part of the $2+ billion Barry-Wehmiller family of companies, will rebrand as AMS SPECTRAL UV and combine AMS with Baldwin’s UV division. AMS SPECTRAL UV locations will continue to grow their operations in River Falls, WI; Easton, PA; and Slough, UK.
“This acquisition marks the beginning of a new era in providing high-performance solutions for the UV industry,” said AMS SPECTRAL UV president Steve Metcalf. “We’re bringing the top industry minds, technology and experience together to tap an unprecedented opportunity in LED and UV, and to serve an ever-widening range of markets and applications.”
The AMS LED UV product portfolio has become a standard for LED curing in sheetfed offset printing and flexo packaging. Baldwin’s UV division has experience in highly reactive UV curing and numerous LED applications outside of traditional print markets. Further, the
“What AMS SPECTRAL UV will provide customers is a doubling of research and development, engineering, manufacturing capacity and service to meet their growing needs in the market,” said Pat Keogh, one of the commercial leaders of AMS SPECTRAL UV.
According to market intelligence provider Yole Development, the total value of the UV LED market worldwide is projected to grow to US$1 billion-plus in the next five years.