About The International LED-UV Association

The International LED-UV Association was established in 2011 through the cooperation of a select group of LED-UV technology providers, LED-UV chemistry providers, and LED-UV process users to further the pace of LED-UV curing adoption in multiple sectors of industry.

As a solid-state alternative to common mercury (Hg) based lamp systems, the field of LED-UV curing promises to be one of the most exciting new developments in the clean technology revolution.

Background

In recent years, UV LED (light emitting diode) chip technology has grown incredibly in power and efficiency at wavelengths important for photo-polymerization of UV-sensitive inks, coatings and adhesives.

The emergence of high brightness UV LED chips has quickly enabled the development of a new class of LED-UV lamp curing luminaire systems and architectures, with radiant power and intensity that rival the output of traditional UV lamps, but without the unwanted side effects that have restricted the adoption of conventional UV technology.

Alongside the major development of a new generation of high-powered LED-UV lamp technology, a new class of LED-UV optimized inks, coatings and adhesives has emerged from formulators capable of faster reactions under the most powerful LED-UV wavelengths between 385 and 395 nanometers. This shift has been critical as the power of LED-UV systems can only truly be harnessed with corresponding changes in chemistry underlying the UV photo-polymerization process.

The Association

The International LED-UV Association was formed to recognize end users and suppliers committed to quality and the environment via the innovative application of LED-UV technology, and to encourage and promote development of sustainable LED-UV printing inks, coatings, and curing technologies for the future.

LED-UV curing technology has made quantum strides in recent years, gathering great momentum in fields ranging from digital, offset, and flexographic printing, to adhesives curing in electronics manufacturing, applied coatings and other industries.

It is our collective belief that improved recognition and cooperation across multiple scientific, technical and process adoption disciplines that additional breakthroughs will be made to further the transition to LED-UV technology.