Baldwin Technology, a manufacturer and supplier of process-automation equipment and related consumables for the printing, packaging and other industrial segments,has acquired Air Motion Systems (AMS), a 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 Steve Metcalf, president, AMS Spectral UV. “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 set standards 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. Further, 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. “We are 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.”