Association News – 2024 Quarter 1

Registration is Open for RadTech 2024, the UV+EB Technology Conference & Exposition

Registration is officially open for RadTech 2024, the UV+EB Technology Conference & Exposition, taking place May 19-22, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida. With the theme “Today’s Choices, Tomorrow’s Future: UV+EB for Sustainable & Responsible Manufacturing,” the event promises to be a groundbreaking gathering for professionals across multiple industries. RadTech 2024 is designed to cover a broad spectrum of applications, balancing traditional UV/EB domains like printing and packaging with emerging areas, such as 3D printing, automotive technologies, batteries, wearables, coil coatings and more. The technical program aims to spark insightful discussions on the latest regulatory and sustainability initiatives, showcasing UV/EB as a key to sustainable, eco-responsible and energy-efficient manufacturing.

For more details and to register, see pages 6-9 or visit

7th Annual RadLaunch Research Accelerator Program Announced

RadTech is excited to announce the 7th Annual RadLaunch Research Accelerator program, which fosters connections between emerging UV/EB technology startups and industry leaders. RadTech and the Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing Alliance, a collaboration with the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, invite a diverse range of participants to apply. This includes startups, students, universities, companies and individual makers and innovators. The 2024 RadLaunch program offers two unique opportunities:

  • UV+EB Degradability Challenge (New for 2024): Sponsored by the RadTech Sustainability Committee, this challenge underscores the need for designing products with end-of-life (EOL) considerations, focusing on degradable materials
  • RadLaunch Competition: We welcome ideas, concepts, and prototypes in areas such as new materials, optics, design, printing, packaging, 3D printing/additive manufacturing, batteries, coil coatings, inkjet, building products, plastics, medical, electronics, and more. We are particularly interested in submissions that emphasize sustainable and responsible manufacturing practices.

For more information and to participate in these innovation challenges, visit

RadTech’s Loof Recognized by California Senator Anthony Portantino

Rita Loof, RadTech’s director on environmental affairs, received the 25th Senate District Women in Business Award for Science and Technology. Loof originally immigrated from Cuba during the Mariel boat lift when she was 13 years old. She spoke no English at the time, but went on to graduate from high school and then obtain a Bachelor in Science in Chemical Engineering from UCLA. She worked as an Air Quality Engineer for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and has been certified as a permit processor for the agency for over three decades. Loof has worked in the field of environmental consulting for the past 30 years, and in that capacity, she represents RadTech International. She was nominated for the award by Robina Suwol, executive director of California Safe Schools, an organization dedicated to the protection of children’s health and the environment. She said, “Rita’s phenomenal expertise surrounding environmental public policy as related to energy-curable technology makes her a true champion for pollution prevention.” The awards ceremony took place in Burbank, California, and honored women who have contributed to the economic vitality and diversity of the 25th Senate District.

RadTech Announces New Board Members

RadTech has announced the association’s newly elected Board members for a two-year term of 2024-2025: Professor Christopher N. Bowman, the University of Colorado; Dr. Dianne Poster, United States Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology; and Jeremy Smith, Corporate Innovation Office of Nagase Holdings America. RadTech thanks its outgoing Board members, Evan Benbow of Nazdar and Karl Swanson of PCT Ebeam and Integration, for their leadership and service.