UV solutions developers Integration Technology Ltd and IST METZ GmbH combine forces for North American market expansion
UV solutions developers Integration Technology Ltd (ITL) and strategic partner IST METZ GmbH (IST) are embarking on a resource sharing programme to expand market support in North America.
Commensurate with this process, ITL is to relocate its local office and operations to IST’s facility at Bolingbroke, Illinois.
The move is being overseen by Elizabeth Nunes, who transfers to ITL North America from the company’s UK headquarters near Oxford. Account Manager Nunes joined ITL in 2008 and fields a broad experience of the company
operations. She will supervise ITL’s North American business, pending the appointments of additional technical and business development staff for the region.
ITL has held a direct presence in the North American market since 2005 – initially in Boston, later moving to a more central location in Chicago in 2007. Despite economic challenges within the region, Sales Director David Johnson sees growing demand for ITL/IST solutions not only in ITL’s core business in inkjet but also in new emergent markets seeking to utilize the benefits of UV LED technology, in which ITL is a global leader.
Managing Director and C.E.O. Adrian Lockwood adds:
“For the past three years, ITL and IST have been developing complementary solutions offered through cooperative sales and marketing initiatives in what is becoming an effective one-stop shop that‘s being welcomed warmly by customers.”
“The US market is one of the most dynamic and important to both companies. Sharing physical resources of administration, technical support, warehousing and R&D is a natural extension of our alliance and a strong determiner in our mutual bid to increase market share in the region”.
Further information at http://www.uvintegration.com/
About Integration Technology Ltd (ITL)
Founded in late 2000, ITL made its name by enabling the technology for digital reproduction onto a huge variety of surfaces including glass, plastics, ceramics and metals using high intensity ultra violet (UV) light.
Consistent re-investment in research and development pushed the company on and up to the next level: making state-of-the-art semi-conductor based UV LED light engines both for an incoming generation of digital printers and enabling new applications in electronics manufacturing and other industries.
ITL’s expansion with regional offices in Europe, USA and the Far East has developed a blue chip client base in the industrial inkjet sector including major brand names such as Fujifilm, Agfa and Hewlett-Packard.
Now also working with global technology brands such as LG, Samsung and 3M, ITL is playing a key role in the development of new micro electronics assembly processes.
More at http://www.uvintegration.com/
About IST METZ GmbH
IST METZ develops, manufactures and sells UV systems for the environmentally friendly curing of inks, varnishes, silicones and adhesives. The systems are used for graphic applications as well as for many other industrial applications. With more than 30 years of know-how in UV technology, IST METZ is your competent partner. With its worldwide sales and services network the company guarantees fast and reliable local support. Get more information at http://www.ist-uv.com/
Both companies exhibit the full spectrum of products for the label printing industry and other industrial applications at this month’s LabelExpo (Sept 25-27th 2013, Brussels).
On Stand 9F34, ITL introduces to the label industry for the first time the all new LEDZero Solidcure 2 range while offering visitors a special preview of its new VZero LED air-cooled system, which is making its world debut at the show.
Initially launched in July this year, the all new LEDZero Solidcure 2 offers class-leading dose and linearity of output that surpasses other water-cooled units of this type and is also available in a HD (high dose) version which delivers twice the dose of the standard model to match even the most demanding of high speed curing applications.
The slim, ultra-compact architecture of the LEDZero Solidcure 2 enables easy integration while water-cooling provides precision high output. Benefitting from the latest in semi-conductor development, the Solidcure 2 also offers a highly efficient UV LED solution that further reduces energy and cooling input.
Fully scalable in length, it can also be tailored to meet the widest of UV LED requirements in a variety of different machines and applications.
The high speed curing capability of this ground-breaking technology will be demonstrated on a 2 colour flexo-press on the stand (5D45) of ITL’s technology and marketing partner IST.
IST will also be demonstrating under the “UVLED Ready” banner the world’s first “cross over” conventional UV systems, whereby the standard MBS®-6 UV lamp cassettes can be exchanged for UV LED cassettes utilising the same housings and interconnecting services – a technology that successfully marks the company’s sustained development of energy-efficient UV label printing.
Further working examples of Solidcure 2 and other models from the extensive range of ITL UV LED solutions can be found at the show on a range of both digital and flexo label presses. A full list of these working demonstrations can be obtained from either the ITL or IST stands.
Soon-to-be released, ITL’s VZero LED system is an elegant, compact and modular solution that utilises all of the proven features and benefits of its sister arc product and incorporates them into an LED alternative, unrivalled by any other product in the market.
VZero LED joins an already impressive line-up of new air-cooled UV LED solutions unveiled by ITL during 2013 as the ‘top of the range’ model, and thanks to advanced semi-conductor technology and cooling design offers a high intensity and high dose output that previously was only possible with water-cooled models.
The flexible architecture allows long versions to be produced in scale increments of 90mm and options include 4 different wavelengths of LED’s to be selected to give a perfect match to any chosen ink or coating chemistry.
ITL operations director Geoff Knibb is retiring from his current position to take on a non-executive role on the company’s board, while ITL China business development manager Sam Yang celebrates 10 years with the company.
Joining ITL in 2005, Geoff was first appointed a directorship after a four year tenure as the company’s operations manager, following its accreditation to quality assurance standards ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001.
“Geoff played a major role in our attaining standards accreditation through aligning business strategy with customer-winning practices,” says managing director Adrian Lockwood.
“He increased threefold the production capacity of our existing facilities through re-organisation and the introduction of more efficient working practice.
“In addition, he oversaw the inception of a new quality department further enhancing Integration Technology products.
“Geoff’s contribution to the company has been invaluable and I am very pleased he will continue to work on progressing the ITL brand as the world’s foremost pioneer in imaging technology development.”
Adrian added congratulations to Sam Yang who this month celebrates 10 years working on developing ITL’s presence in the China marketplace.
Most recently Sam oversaw the relocation of ITL’s China operations into new premises at Hong Qiao Airport in West Shanghai as well as the registration of Integration Technology China Ltd introducing local manufacturing of ITL’s SubZero lightweight, high output, miniature UV curing lamps.
Says Adrian Lockwood: “With our China market business continuing to grow, so too had the importance of establishing a more significant foothold within the community and our conversion from import agency to a local manufacturing business reflects this fact.
“Sam has project-led this process all the way and we are all delighted to mark his first decade with ITL!”