Baldwin creates global UV curing presence by acquiring Air Motion Systems

Two major manufacturers in the UV curing systems industry, Air Motion Systems (AMS) and Baldwin Technology, are merging their expertise to create a “premier provider of UV and LED curing technology across the globe.” Baldwin, a global leader in highly reactive UV, LED UV and IR drying systems, has acquired Air Motion Systems, a world-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. “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 the de-facto standard for LED curing in sheetfed offset printing and flexo packaging. Complementing this technology, Baldwin’s UV division has vast experience in highly reactive UV curing and numerous LED applications outside of traditional print markets. The new curing-technology entity will “leverage a massive base of experience” serving OEM and industrial markets.

“What AMS Spectral UV will provide to 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. “We’re proud to continue to offer innovative solutions in a new world being driven by the rapid advancement in UV and LED curing technologies.”

“The establishment of AMS Spectral UV strengthens our ability to provide value to our existing customers while remaining responsive to emerging market opportunities,” said Brent Becker, CEO of Baldwin. “This exciting investment underscores our commitment to a strategy that blends organic and acquisition growth to enhance our global footprint, and the technology we can deliver to our customers.”

In Canada, Air Motion Systems (AMS) is represented by Komcan – also the sole agent for Komori presses across the country. “Komcan Inc. is excited to be working with a world-class company like AMS,” said Steve Ranson, CEO of Komcan. “AMS has long proven to be the leader in UV curing technologies and pioneers in LED and low-energy UV curing. We at Komcan offer our Komori customers, as well as all other offset equipment users, the local sales and support of the complete line of AMS UV curing technologies.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.