UV Days


Discover the world of UV, LED and excimer technology at the world's largest in-house exhibition for optical systems


"Tradition meets modernity" is the motto of the ninth annual UV Days, which will take place from 13-16 May 2019 in Nürtingen, Germany. Many industries are increasingly struggling to strike a balance between continuity and change. External pressure, digitalisation, artificial intelligence and autonomous manufacturing are just some of the reasons for this. While the world around is changing faster and faster, many people are looking to change down a gear and find stability. Now the digital hype has died down, analogue is experiencing a rebirth – it's all about 'offline' again!

Finishes on different materials are playing an important role in this, with high-tech meeting high-touch. From wood coatings to packaging, the multi-sensory qualities of finely finished products appeal to us on every level, and have a proven positive effect on brands and their sales. At the same time, digital progress is making the world of finishing more efficient and comprehensive. New curing and finishing techniques, individualisation in batches from the very small to the very large, value-added packaging with augmented or virtual reality and printed electronics offer more variety than ever before.

program overview

  • From 8.30 Uhr: Welcome and Registration
  • 09.30 Uhr: Welcome Speech
  • Incentive Speech " Tradition meets modernity" by Frazer Chesterman
  • LEDcure/ LAMPcure Sheetfed demonstration (Packaging Printing)
  • Lunch Break
  • PrintCity Break Out Sessions (Value Added Packaging - Real Life Samples)
  • IST Hightlight Touren (Excimer + Production Facilties)
  • Highlight lectures: Printed Electronics, Excimer Technololgy, DeInking, Curing Control, UV Low Migration
  • 17.00 Uhr: Conclusion and Come together

On Wednesday, 15.05.2019 at 13.00 there will be a shuttle to the DFTA event in Stuttgart.


More about DFTA event

Registration DFTA event

All programme items take place several times a day

With the exception of the DFTA event, all programme items take place several times a day. You can take part in all program items on one day.

programme items

During the days of the event, we offer our visitors various programme items.

Every day, people all over the world use countless UV-coated or UV-printed products: a yoghurt in the morning for breakfast, a phone call on the new mobile phone at lunch, the biscuit tin on the table in the evening. The possibilities and applications of UV printing are endless, and more and more emphasis is being placed on technology, aesthetics, quality and sustainability.

Discover your possibilities with our complete optical systems and components for the PRINT, INDUSTRIAL and INKJET sectors. IST UV curing systems boast a number of advantages that can improve the profitability of your production. These include extremely short curing times, immediate further processing, a high degree of gloss in paintwork, high scratch resistance and high chemical resistance. IST Metz offers the world’s largest product portfolio of high-performance UV lamps and UV LED systems.

UV systems from IST Metz are used in the processing of numerous other materials such as glass, stone, carbon fibre, glass fibre and wood. IST offers tailor-made systems and solutions for the healthcare industry, GMP-compliant process development, professional support and laboratory services for a wide range of applications with UV, LED and excimer systems. In the field of display production, IST Metz not only supplies equipment but also development partners in the areas of OLED, QLED, LCD and photo alignment, for example. Applications in the fields of UV cleaning, surface modification and surface activation can be implemented by using excimer solutions.


Experience the wide range of solutions for industrial processes live:

  • new excimer laboratory unit
  • laboratory demonstrations
  • new production possibilities

Extremely short curing times, immediate readiness for use and direct further processing: Accelerate your production process with the latest generation of UV and LED systems from IST Metz. During the UV Days you will get to learn about the latest developments and experience the individual advantages of the various technologies in live demonstrations. We have a 7-colour sheet-fed offset printing system complete with coating unit at the UV Days for print demonstrations. Experience the efficient curing of print inks with UV and LED technology live!

Trends come and go in the blink of an eye and it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between real trends and short-lived hype. The role of packaging has changed dramatically and the unpacking experience has become a central component of brand communication.
At the Print City Breakout Sessions, manufacturers will report on new products and technologies in presentations and tutorials. These tutorials are aimed at everyone in the process chain. They usually start at the creative stage, address specific product management issues and provide printers and converters with detailed information on how to reproduce the same or similar print jobs.


Breakout: Value Added Packaging and Real Life Samples (daily) Our Real-Life Samples Project consists of a series of inline-produced, highly refined folding cartons and labels.

Growing requirements are making for a very dynamic market for packaging printing. The flexographic printing industry is perfectly positioned to handle future requirements. From ever thinner print substrates to the production of packaging materials – flexographic printing sets the standards in quality and efficiency. An event day in joint partnership with the Flexodruck Akademie (Flexography Academy) at UV Days will offer a live demonstration at the DFTA Technology Centre. IST will be offering a free shuttle service to and from the Stuttgart Media University. Registrations for the DFTA Breakout Session can be made via the DFTA.


More information

Registration DFTA


On Wednesday, 15.05.2019 at 14.00 there will be a shuttle to the DFTA event in Stuttgart.

During your time in the exhibition area you may attend the company tour.


  • eta plus electronic gmbh, Lamp Manufacturing
  • S1 Optics GmbH, optical coatings
  • Werk 3, Production Hall IST Metz GmbH
  • Werk 1, Laboratory IST Metz GmbH

Combine your visit in Nuertingen with one of the following events:

UV DAYS 2017

READY, STEADY, GO - was on during UV DAYS 2017 - Below you will find impressions of the last event in 2017.

A special feature at last year's UV Days was the food packaging produced especially for the event, which was printed with the consideration of Low Migration. At the UV Days, however, not only the various food trucks, who provided the meals in food boxes this year, were very popular with the guests. IST Metz also came up with a number of novelties for the programme: a panel discussion under the direction of the German trade journal Deutscher Drucker as well as impulse lectures by FESPA co-founder Frazer Chesterman took place for the first time. In addition, in cooperation with the VSKE, IST Metz presented a new guideline for the printing of food-safe packaging using UV technology.

Print gimmick at the UV Days

The paper guitar was the print gimmick for visitors. The printing of the guitar body, with the drying of inks and varnishes by means of UV light included, was demonstrated live, once with UV lamp technology and once exemplarily with a UV LED system. Furthermore the finishing of the guitar neck with hot-foil embossing was shown, also cured by means of UV light.

Any ordinary smartphone can be pushed into the folded head of the guitar. It is first clamped into a holder produced by the 3D printing process. The top of the head is closed with a cardboard tab. An app for Apple or Android devices developed specifically for the occasion can be loaded. It contains a game in which, similarly to when playing the guitar, the fingers of the left hand have to touch the correct strings to win points.

Review 2017