IST America Celebrates 30 Years in North America

IST America, located in Shorewood, Illinois, has announced 30 years of providing UV curing solutions to the North American marketplace. As one of the earliest daughter companies formed by Germany-based IST Metz in 1992, IST America initially established a sales and service organization strategically based in Chicago to target OEM press manufacturers and end-use customers in the rapidly growing North American marketplace.

Throughout the 1990s, IST America’s influence grew quickly, encompassing both the sheet-fed and roll-fed markets. Over the course of that decade, UV delivered an advanced application platform to sheet-fed printers, providing a more flexible and productive solution with the ability to print on the widest range of substrates while offering the ability to dry trap or semi-dry trap between print units. Around this same time, the narrow web market was witnessing the rapid increase of press installations that included multiple print formats like letterpress, UV flexo and rotary screen on a single press. Printed packaging buyers were demanding greater opacity, higher color integrity and finer vignettes and gradations with their printed products – specifications that were beyond the scope of conventional printing and drying methods.

Today, IST America remains headquartered in the Chicago area with sales and service personnel in strategic locations across the US. The company’s in-house team handles parts operations, service operations, financial management, logistics and technical support. IST remains a leader in influencing the way that the printing, packaging and industrial markets optimize print quality, sustainability, energy efficiency and performance.

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