The excellent curing properties of inks and varnishes under UV light were discovered in the late 1960s, and today's IST Metz GmbH was founded in 1977. As a UV pioneer, IST Metz has been setting standards in the printing industry for over 40 years. The first UV units, however, were developed for curing varnishes on furniture. While this niche business has grown into a globally active group of companies over the decades, industrial applications have once again become an important market segment for IST Metz.
Unique feature of the in-house exhibition
In 2002, IST Metz launched "UV Days", the first international event focusing on UV printing. The event, which initially had the feel of a seminar with around 100 invited guests, has become the largest in-house exhibition for UV, LED and excimer technology with around 1000 visitors from around the world. The unique selling point of this in-house exhibition, however, has always been its practical aspect. Every two years, the latest developments for UV and LED in sheet-fed, web and digital printing are presented and demonstrated live – to look at, touch and take home.
UV Days programme overview
This year's UV Days "on Air" will take place on 18.05 and 19.05.2021. The programme includes:
Under the motto "Tradition meets modernity", organiser and world market leader IST Metz once again welcomed 55 renowned exhibitors and industry partners to its headquarters in Nürtingen near Stuttgart in southern Germany. With more than 1300 visitors and 55 exhibitors, the UV Days were more well-attended and more diversified than ever before in terms of application technology. With 13 industrial partners, industrial applications were represented more strongly than ever before at the UV Days. Even outside the printing industry, the application possibilities for optical systems are almost limitless. That’s why IST offers tailor-made systems and solutions as well as professional support and laboratory services with UV, LED and Excimer systems for industrial applications. At the in-house exhibition, IST Metz presented its new Excimer laboratory system for the first time in daily live demonstrations.