Heraeus Noblelight Becomes Leading Supplier of Ultraviolet Process Solutions with Acquisition of the Fusion UV Systems Group

On January 31, 2013, the Heraeus Noblelight business group of the Hanau-based precious metal and technology group Heraeus acquires the Fusion UV Systems group, headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, from the British Spectris group.

Heraeus Noblelight is a leading manufacturer of specialty light sources and systems. The global Fusion UV Systems group specializes in UV curing applications.

"We are convinced that the activities of the two companies will excellently supplement each other. The new joint technology portfolio covers all known methods of UV light generation, e.g. microwave-excited UV lamps and innovative UV LED modules, which will open up new areas of application for us," says Rainer Küchler, managing director of the Heraeus Noblelight business group.

While Heraeus Noblelight has hitherto focused on the UV sterilization of packaging materials and drinking and industrial water and on the printing industry, Fusion UV is involved in the use of UV technology in the production of glass fibers and displays, e.g. for smartphones. The various regional core areas combine to yield a high market coverage with a direct access to all important industrial markets in the USA, Europe and Asia.

The take-over makes Heraeus Noblelight the leading supplier of industrial UV process solutions. This makes the company well-placed for the trends in the market for specialty light solutions: the increasing customer demand for integrated process solutions from a single source and the substitution of conventional gas discharge lamps with LEDs in the medium term. The acquisition bundles development, technology and market competences in an ideal way. "In future we can anticipate important trends more quickly and come up with customer oriented solutions", says Küchler.