Landa Lifts Curtain Just a Bit: “Nanography” “NanoInks” at drupa 2012

Bob Leahey
Apr 9, 2012

Analysts predicting the developments at drupa 2012 have fixated on Landa Corporation of Israel, the technology developer headed by Benny Landa, the founder of Indigo. Landa publicized its planned drupa booth back in January, but did not reveal much, except to say the company would have a really new technology on display, ostensibly a jetting method that would rely on specialized inks and be a highly economic and productive method for use in commercial, packaging, and publishing markets. On April 2 the company revealed a bit more, by making the following points:

  • The new technology is called “nanography” and it relies on the jetting of water-based inks (“nanoinks”) whose colorants are pigments that are only tens of nanometers in size.
  • The company claims the inks adhere to a wide range of media, from coated and uncoated paper, carton board, and plastic film, all without pre-coating, and images are highly abrasion resistant.
  • The company also claims that images printed with its nanoinks are only 500 nanometers thick, about half the thickness of offset printed images.
  • The very thin laydown of ink makes the technology energy efficient, the company says. It also may account for another claimed benefit, that printed images do not require post-drying.

Landa did give a few more details about its plan to introduce six presses on May 2 in Dusseldorf. The presses will include B3, B2 and B1 sheetfed perfecting presses that operate at up to 11,000 sheets per hour for commercial and packaging printing as well as web presses for publishing and flexible packaging that range in width from 52cm to 104cm and operate at up to 200 metres per minute.

Even with the latest inputs, the new technology from Landa is not fully revealed; the company says the full story will be available on May 2 as drupa 2012 begins. All things considered, including the fact that Benny Landa founded what has since become HP Indigo, much is still unknown, but much is still expected from Landa. Even if there is a gap between what has been promised and what is really there, the Landa developments could be a big influence in a range of markets and uses, from general commercial printing to labels and packaging.

Note: An earlier version of this blog erred in saying that Landa had revealed the latest insights about its technology only to selected media; Landa in fact circulated a press release to all outlets. We apologize for the error!

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