Baldwin Acquires Air Motion Systems

PrintAction Staff
May 15, 2017
By PrintAction Staff
Two major players in the UV curing systems sector, Air Motion Systems Inc. (AMS) and Baldwin Technology Company Inc., are merging to create a leading global provider of UV and LED curing technologies.

Baldwin, currently a global player in highly reactive UV, LED UV and IR drying systems, acquired Air Motion Systems, which has been a leading provider of LED UV curing technology for the graphic arts industry. Komcan is the dealer for AMS in Canada.

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 currently has operations in River Falls, Wisconsin; Easton, Pennsylvania; 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 holds one of the largest players for LED curing in sheetfed offset printing and flexo packaging, with an installed base, according to the company, nearly 10 times that of its nearest competitor.

Complementing this technology, Baldwin’s UV division has experience in highly reactive UV curing and numerous LED applications outside of traditional print markets. Additionally, the new curing-technology entity will leverage a massive base of experience serving OEM and industrial markets.

“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. AMS SPECTRAL UV explains it plans to capture a large share of the anticipated market by leveraging the scale and resources of Baldwin which, through its global footprint, supplies process-automation equipment and related consumables, parts and services for the print, film, corrugated, textile and paper and packaging industries.

“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.

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