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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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Canon Océ’s Hidden, but Not Secret, Drupa Technology Announcement

Riley McNulty
 May 15, 2012

One of the more interesting drupa 2012 announcements took place not in Düsseldorf, but in Poing Germany. Canon Océ held an event with 20 or so press and analysts to introduce the new Océ InfiniStream technology. Although the prototype B2 lithographic liquid toner press looked like a finished product, Canon Océ executives stressed that theirs was a technology announcement, because they continue to refine the new platform. Nevertheless, substantial progress has been made toward productizing the technology, and Canon Océ says a full launch of the InfiniStream press can be expected within 12 to 18 months.

The Océ InfiniStream technology

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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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Prediction: The Top drupa 2012 Stories

Jim Hamilton
 Apr 18, 2012

I could be wrong. After all, the show doesn’t start for two weeks, but I think these will be the top stories at drupa:

  1. Benny Landa — Whether Landa Labs shows market-ready products or early tech demos doesn’t really matter. This will be a drupa remembered for the show that Benny Landa put on. Is it ready for prime time? We won’t know until May. One mystery that should be solved by then is why their press releases refer to “ink ejectors” rather than inkjet heads (like every other inkjet system vendor does). Could it be that they are doing something different than using inkjet heads to apply ink to paper? Wait and see. Read more »

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: Read more »

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

Ralf Schlozer
 

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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Five Themes at IPEX

Jim Hamilton
 May 20, 2010

Three days into IPEX 2010, I see some themes emerging from the show:

  • IPEX theme #1: Things that are out of our control — After having had a minor travel disruption involving planes, buses, and trains on the way to Birmingham, I have to admit that when it comes down to a battle between me and the volcanoes, the volcanoes win. I feel the same way about the impact of the economic downturn. We all have to acknowledge that there are some big, global trends that will continue to impact everyone whether we like it or not. I put the move toward mobile technology and social media in the same category. This will happen even if we personally do not desire an iPad of our own.

 

Welcome to IPEX

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