Industry News

(From left to right) Christian-Marius Metz, chief executive officer; Hoger Kuhn, managing director, sales; and Dr. Robert Sanger, managing director, technology (as of Jan. 1, 2016).

IST METZ Repositions Itself

The management board of IST METZ GmbH, Nuertingen, Germany, has been reorganized recently. Christian-Marius Metz, grandson of deceased company founder Gerhard Metz and previous head of the central area operations and services, was appointed chief executive officer. Holger Kühn was made managing director, sales. He has been part of the company for 17 years in various sales functions, most recently as head of central area sales. Dr. Robert Sänger will complete the management board as managing director, technology. Having been head of development at the subsidiary eta plus electronic GmbH, he now will join the parent company. Dirk Jägers, previous managing director of IST METZ GmbH, left the company. For more information, visit

Dymax Offers New White Paper

The new white paper from Dymax Corporation, Torrington, Connecticut, “Ensuring Success When Switching from Conventional Lamp to LED Light-Curing Sources,” discusses topics such as how LED curing works, the advantages to LED curing and obtaining enough information to switch successfully. LEDs (light emitting diodes) continue to gain popularity as a replacement for traditional light bulbs, not only in homes and public buildings but also for use with light-curable materials (LCMs). Because of the differences in the technology, making the switch from broad spectrum to LED-curing energy sources seldom is a matter of simply replacing conventional lamps with LED units. Success when switching to an LED system depends on careful consideration of all the factors involved, from the LCM to the curing unit selected for the application. For more information, visit

Allied Joins with Rapid Cure

Allied PhotoChemical and Rapid Cure Technologies, Inc. have announced a strategic alliance to develop UV-curable coatings focused on a variety of industrial coating markets. The alliance will strengthen both companies’ technical capabilities by allowing them to collaborate on custom-formulated chemistries that can be applied to new and existing markets. Rapid Cure Technologies will maintain its headquarters and research and development facility in East Syracuse, New York, and production operations in Saratoga Springs, New York, while additional application R&D and manufacturing will be located at Allied Photo Chemical facilities in Kimball, Michigan. For more information, visit or

Siegwerk Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Siegwerk Environmental Ink, Morganton, North Carolina, is pleased to announce it has been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Management System certificate by the ISOQAR for manufacture of water-based and energy-curable printing inks and coatings. ISO certification is based on quality management principles including strong customer focus, motivation and implication of top management, a process approach and continual improvement and review. For more information, visit

GEW Appoints New Distributors

GEW (EC) Limited, West Sussex, United Kingdom, has appointed Oy Cecmik Trading Ab as its exclusive distributor for Finland. This will further strengthen GEW’s position in the region, as the organization already is represented by Premere Graphics AB on the Swedish market with full service support and sales. Premere will see its territory extended to cover all of Scandinavia. For more information, visit

ProAmpac Acquires Coating Excellence International

Wellspring Capital Management, New York, New York, announced that its portfolio company, ProAmpac, has entered into an agreement to acquire Coating Excellence International (CEI), a flexible packaging and technical products company based in Wrightstown, Wisconsin. CEI specializes in wide web extrusion coating and laminating of film, foil, paper, board and nonwovens, and the company will enhance ProAmpac’s extrusion lamination capabilities. For more information, visit or

New Hires

Suzanne Redding Joins Dymax

Dymax Corporation, Torrington, Connecticut, has announced the appointment of Suzanne Redding as the market segment manager for the medical industry. In her new position, Redding will report to Paul Rachielles, global marketing manager, and will play a key role in the growth and development of the medical adhesives market. Prior to joining Dymax, Redding was a strategic marketing manager at The Modal Shop, a PCB Group Company, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit

Evan Benbow New to Research at Wikoff Color

Wikoff Color Corporation, Fort Mill, South Carolina, announced the appointment of Evan Benbow, Ph.D., as assistant director of research. Benbow will oversee water-based and oil-based ink product and water coatings development, in addition to customer service operations. Prior to coming to Wikoff, he worked with exotic energy storage technologies for automotive and grid storage applications. Benbow completed his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Iowa State University in 2003 and obtained his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Florida State University, specializing in metal alloys with exotic magnetic properties. He has 11 publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as a patent. For more information, visit