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Benny Landa Comments on drupa 2012

Jim Hamilton
 Jul 9, 2012

A couple of months before drupa 2012, an article appeared in the Israeli press about Benny Landa and Landa Corporation. Given that it was in Hebrew, and only later appeared in English translation, I published a blog with some of the key points from the article. Now another Israeli publication, The Marker, has written about Landa. This time I don’t believe it exists in an English version but I have received a translation from Lior Meron, InfoTrends’ Asia Pacific director, who is in touch with the Landa team. The article (here’s the link if you can read Hebrew) is entitled “Benny Landa’s Printing Revolution” and includes a number of interesting details, which I list below:

  • Benny Landa reports that his company signed hundreds of letters of intent at 10,000 Euros per machine. He says that if they had had more sales people they would have signed even more.
  • The prices for the various configurations range from $1 to $3 million.
  • The configuration that garnered the most interest was the S10 (the B1-format cut-sheet model) but he notes that the letters of intent were evenly split between the cut-sheet and the roll-fed offerings.
  • Landa: “The first press will be ready to go out to the market at the end of 2013.”
  • Landa: “The ink is the fuel of the presses. Every press, within its first five years, produces ink sales that represent fifteen times its value.”
  • It has been five years since Landa started working on developing the nano-pigment technology and adapting it to digital print heads.
  • There are more than 200 employees at Landa Labs; 150 of them are in development and 50 are in the alternative energy field (some of them do both).
  • Marker magazine estimates that Landa’s invested between $150 and $250 million of his personal fortune to fund the development. (Note: It is fairly safe to assume that Landa will use the positive response from the many letters of intent to drive interest in external funding from investors.)
  • Landa: “It’s obvious that one day there will be no print other than packaging…If your business is packaging then your future is bright, but in 200 years, people won’t be communicating through ground-up trees.
  • Landa will soon establish an ink production facility in Israel and then later will add more sites elsewhere. Landa also expects to have an overseas product assembly site where the work will mostly be done through subcontractors.
  • Landa acknowledges that what he wants to achieve cannot be done in a timely fashion with 200 engineers and that is why he is working with a number of industry partners. (Note: Heidelberg, Komori, and manroland have all signed partnerships with Landa.)
  • Landa: “When people ask me what they should do until they receive our presses, I suggest that they buy an Indigo.”

This last point is an important one since with all of the digital announcements from drupa, particularly those related to cut-sheet B2-format digital printers, I’m sure that many print service providers will consider delaying purchases until some of these technology demonstrations become available as released products. I think this would be a mistake. A3- and B2-format digital printers are available today to meet market demand for short run, quick turnaround, targeted, and/or personalized jobs. It would be tempting to wait, and it’s certainly true that some long-hoped for capabilities are on the horizon, but it would be unfortunate if print service providers ignored today’s products and opportunities.

Landa Corporation is in a growth phase and is building an infrastructure to support administrative, business development, sales, and other infrastructure. When asked in the article whether he is hiring HP Indigo employees, Landa responded, “We have never turned to an Indigo employee and asked him to come work for us, and we won’t do so in the future. In the few cases that Indigo employees have come to me, I didn’t take them quickly. First we sent them back to HP to see if they could solve their issues. If they could, they stayed there.”

The next opportunity for the public to see the Landa offerings will be China Print in 2013 (May 14-18, 2013). This will be an excellent opportunity for the company to bring their message of high speed, low running cost, and strong print quality to the world. It will also give Landa an opportunity to update the market on the progress it has made. A key factor will be showing an improvement in print quality over what was displayed at drupa.

New drupa 2012 Digital Production Printing Equipment Additions to InfoTrends’ Ultimate Guide

Other Posts
 Jul 6, 2012

drupa 2012 featured a slew of new production printing hardware, many of which were announced publicly for the first time during the tradeshow. This year’s show included exciting announcements with a primary focus on three technology areas: B2 format cut-sheet, continuous feed inkjet, and liquid toner devices. Vendors demonstrating new products in the above-mentioned categories include established digital print players such as HP Indigo, Kodak, and Konica Minolta as well as lower profile venders such as Delphax, Ryobi, and Timsons. Also of note are the new nanographic presses from Landa, which were shown in seven configurations. Read more »

A Video Look at Print Samples from drupa 2012

Jim Hamilton
 May 30, 2012

As usual, when I go to a trade show, I collect print samples. This time I ended up with a lot of samples so instead of posting one long video on drupa 2012 samples I’ve broken this up into three segments:

  1. Some Inkjet Print Samples, including ones from the HP Inkjet Web Press, the Kodak Prosper S Series Imprinting System, Xerox’s CiPress 500, and Memjet wide-format implementations from Canon-Océ and Caldera
  2. Enhancement beyond Process Color, including a range of effects including pearlescent, gold, hot pink, white, dimensional, glitter, gloss spot sleeking lamination, Braille, and RFID
  3. Larger Format Digital Print Samples, including long sheets and B2 format

Here they are:


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A White Paper Storm

Jim Hamilton
 May 22, 2012

In the days leading up to drupa I was awash in a storm of writing activity that resulted in four white papers that were published either right before or during the show:

Each of these is available as a free download from InfoTrends, just click the link above. All of these white papers relate to one or more key trends from drupa 2012, including high-speed color inkjet systems, hybrid inkjet configurations with offset or other processes, substrates for inkjet that open up new application opportunities, and the move to B2 format digital. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jim_hamilton@infotrends.com.

drupa Attendance Is Down – By a Lot

Jim Hamilton
 May 17, 2012

The drupa 2012 organizers announced final attendance figures today. The total: 314,500. The stunner in this news isn’t that attendance dropped between drupa 2008 and 2012, it’s by how much. drupa attendance peaked in 1990, dropped off in 1995, and then came in at well over 400,000 in 2000. The next two drupas were both around around 390,000. The drupa 2012 figure is down about 75,000 from drupa 2008. Going into the show I hoped that final attendance figures would end up between 350,000 and 375,000. As it turns out, this was very optimistic. The newly released numbers tell a different story entirely.

drupa attendance

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What’s the Real Purpose of B2-format Digital?

Jim Hamilton
 May 10, 2012

A recurring theme at drupa 2012 is that many of the planned digital devices are intended as B2-format offset press replacements. This is puzzling positioning. Is there really a need for digital stand-ins for very efficient offset presses? The digital market, need I remind you, is built on values well beyond mere quick turnaround and cost-effective short runs. Production digital print is best leveraged when it facilitates full process automation, electronic collation, variable data, and the use of the digital printer as a virtual document archive. Designs that lack duplexing or use traditional offset feed and delivery systems miss out on some of the most basic digital print advantages.

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A First Look at Landa

Jim Hamilton
 May 7, 2012

Before I left for drupa 2012, I wrote a blog about what I thought would be the top stories. Benny Landa’s nanography was at the top of the list and I can confirm now, after nearly a week here, that his new company and products are the most talked about development at the show. Last Wednesday, the day before drupa 2012 opened, Landa Corporation held its first press conference. In an amphitheater packed with trade industry journalists and market analysts, Benny Landa stood in front of two of his designs, a cut-sheet B2-format Landa S7 and a web-fed (52 centimeter/20.47 inch) Landa W50. These printers are part of a seven-product portfolio of Landa-branded products, most of which support up to eight colors. Now after months of anticipation and rumor,  the Landa strategy has been unveiled to the world.

Landa drupa 2012 signage example

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Delphax is taking 4-up inkjet to drupa 2012 with elan

Ralf Schlozer
 Apr 9, 2012

Delphax is a long standing provider of high-end digital monochrome printers in markets focused on check, security, and book printing. Until the announcement of elan, these have all been toner-based cut-sheet and continuous feed solutions. With the trend towards color, Delphax began an initiative several years ago to develop its own color solution and is now launching elan, a 500 ipm digital full colour cut-sheet printer. As its imaging partner it chose Memjet, which provides the inkjet print heads for elan.

2012 will probably go down in history as the year of the “digital B2” drupa. This alone is exciting news for any print service provider looking for a new production tool. As an industry supplier however, it makes it more difficult to stand out with a B2-format offering. Still Delphax’s elan has a couple of exciting features that could really differentiate the product from its competition. Based on the details that Delphax has released so far these are:
– Low expected acquisition price and running costs
– High resolution
– Small footprint
– Innovative paper path
– Ability to run a fifth or sixth color or MICR

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Getting B2-Format Digital Right

Jim Hamilton
 Mar 13, 2012

There are more and more indications that drupa 2012 may be the “B2 Digital” drupa. The announcement today of the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press supports this contention. It’s the first B2-format digital device that I have seen up close that meets three key requirements:

  • Duplex printing
  • Multiple paper sources
  • In-line finishing
HP Indigo 10000

HP Indigo 10000

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Not only an inkjet drupa – Xeikon plans a leap with Quantum toner technology

Ralf Schlozer
 Mar 9, 2012

It is no secret that inkjet will be BIG at drupa 2012 and the most likely label for the 2012 iteration of the world’s largest graphic arts trade show will be inkjet drupa (again). But it is far too early to count out tonerbased technology and apart from many important, but incremental improvements we expect to see, there is still potential for ground-breaking improvements in toner technology.

At the pre-drupa press conference on the 7th of March in Lisbon, Xeikon hinted at such improvements with what it calls Quantum technology. According to Xeikon it offers far lower running costs at significantly improved speeds compared to its current toner offerings, while maintaining the quality level of current Xeikon toner offerings. It is the latter which it believes will set Quantum apart from inkjet, while in speed and running cost it should be similar. Read more »

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