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ARETS GRAPHICS JOINS INTERNATIONAL LED UV ASSOCIATION
DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY – ARETS GRAPHICS N.V., the largest continental European-based manufacturer dedicated exclusively to energy curable inks, coatings and varnishes, announced today that it has become the latest company to join the International LED UV Association dedicated to UV LED development in the graphic arts industry (www.leduv.org).
The International LED UV Association, also known as ILUVA, was first organized in September 2011 at the International Graphic Arts Show (IGAS) in Japan, to recognize the efforts of numerous Japanese printers adopting eco-friendly UV LED curing systems, and to serve as an online resource and directory for the growing community of suppliers ready to support the process.
UV LED curing technology provides significant benefits to both digital and traditional printing processes in the form of instant, on demand VOC-free drying at very low energy consumption, and without the heat and related maintenance and environmental challenges of mercury-based UV lamp systems.
“We see a massive opportunity in the European printing market for UV LED-based curing to provide an alternative to traditional mercury-based (Hg) UV lamp systems” said Luc Van Doorsselaere, Managing Director of ARETS GRAPHICS. “Recent news from press makers and intensity advancements announced by UV systems makers at drupa further echo the acceleration of UV LED as a critical technology for advancement in the graphic arts industry.”
The ARETS name is synonymous throughout Europe with high quality UV and EB inks and varnishes, and its products are used every day in multiple printing and packaging fields spanning foods to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and to specialty products. ARETS additionally brings significant experience in “low-migration” (LM) systems technology, critical for the food packaging industry and will provide a UV LED ink technology formulated to meet these requirements.
“Interest in UV LED curing has reached record levels at this year’s drupa based on the success of a strong first wave of adoption and new announcements from press makers” remarked Steve Metcalf, President and CEO of Air Motion Systems | AMS UV, and acting Executive Director of ILUVA. “We welcome the addition of such a quality company as ARETS to the Association, who brings considerable resources that can further accelerate the adoption of UV LED printing in Europe and throughout the world”.
ARETS will join ILUVA in a Founding Sponsorship capacity, meaning it will provide significant influence and guidance to the Association in the European market. ARETS joins other leading UV LED technology pioneers and Founding Sponsors of the Association including INX International, T&K Toka, Ink Systems, EPPLE Druckfarben and AMS UV. A profile of ARETS will appear on the ILUVA website at www.led.org/sponsors.html.
About ARETS GRAPHICS N.V.
ARETS GRAPHICS is the largest European-based manufacturer dedicated to the development of energy curable UV and EB inks, coatings and varnishes for the graphic arts industry. Based in Niel, Belgium, the company maintains offices and distribution throughout Europe, Africa, America, the Middle East and Asia. Through its focus on the UV process, ARETS brings significant resources and products available to the rapidly growing market for UV LED curing. For more information, please visit www.arets.com.
About the International LED UV Association
The International LED UV Association (ILUVA) was formed as a global association to recognize the efforts of printers and technology suppliers committed to the environment via the innovative application of LED UV technology, and to encourage and promote the development of sustainable LED UV printing inks, coatings and curing technologies for the future. For more information about the Association, please visit www.leduv.org.
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