ALTANA’s partnership with the Landa Group enables it to spearhead the development in digital printing and gives it access to an especially sustainable technology.
Landa Digital Printing and ALTANA have been strategic partners since 2014. We hold a minority stake in the young company. The financial resources provided by ALTANA are being used for the final development step of Nanographic Printing® technology. The alliance is proof positive that ALTANA is investing with an eye to the future in order to expand the Group’s position in promising environmental technologies.
Landa’s Nanographic Printing technology consists of three elements: Landa Nanographic Printing® Presses, water-based Landa NanoInk® colorants and a special indirect printing process. Tiny drops of ink are ejected onto a heated transfer blanket. The ultra-thin printing image dries immediately and can be transferred to any kind of paper or plastic without penetrating this material.
While water-based inks are now used only in niche markets such as transpromo, i. e. advertising on transaction-related documents such as statements, digitally printed books and a small fraction of the packaging applications, the Landa technology with its countless usage possibilities has enormous potential for the commercial printing and packaging markets. “We have set ourselves the goal of addressing a broad spectrum of applications and thus revolutionizing digital printing, all this with a sustainable process,” says Nir Zarmi, Chief Operating Officer of Landa Digital Printing.
“Digital printing is a decisive market for the future. As a strategic partner of the Landa Group, ALTANA now has access to an innovative and sustainable process. Nanography has the potential to revolutionize the printing market.”
Dr. Stefan Engel, ALTANA
Nanography Has Many Ecological Advantages
NanographyTM has a number of environmental benefits. The Landa Nanographic Printing process produces thin images that require less than half of the materials used in conventional printing and prints with water-based ink that contains only environmentally friendly materials. Furthermore, digital printing produces less waste than analog printing processes, as the technology makes the manufacture of printing plates superfluous and the exact number of printed sheets desired can be produced without the waste associated with make-readies and overruns. “In short, the Nanographic printing process is good for the planet,” says Landa’s Nir Zarmi, summing up the advantages.
Traditionally, sustainable technologies and products have been very important at ALTANA. In all of our companies, we are working on expanding our portfolio accordingly – to the benefit of our customers. “For example, our metallic printing inks are more eco-friendly and economical than foil lamination,” says Dr. Stefan Engel, Global head of digital printing at ECKART and one of ALTANA’s experts on the cooperation with Landa. “Our products can be applied exactly on the desired spots and thus avoid waste.” The same applies to ACTEGA’s overprint varnishes, which also replace foil.
The partnership with Landa has opened up further potential for our coatings, additives, and effect pigments. The alliance is based on values such as innovative spirit, openness, trust, and the mutual appreciation the two companies have for each other. Moreover, the two companies have a similar understanding of responsibility. “We do more than just our work,” says Dr. Engel. “We are working on a sustainable future.”
“What connects us with ALTANA? We share many values between our two companies, one of which is our passion for sustainable innovation. That spurs us on.”
Nir Zarmi, Landa Group