Landa Steals Spotlight with Nanographic Presses

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY—Landa Corp. yanked the wrapper off of its Landa Nanographic printing presses, which the company promises will “transform” mainstream commercial, packaging and publishing markets. With output speeds comparable to offset presses and employing NanoInk colorants that create “unprecedented” image qualities, the Landa Nanographic printing press portfolio is hoping to “fundamentally change printing as we know it.”

“Nanography is a new technology for applying ink to paper,” Landa Founder, chairman and CEO Benny Landa said. “In developing Landa Nanographic Printing, we had to re-think and reinvent the printing press. The result is digital printing with remarkable performance—from a family of presses that share stunning ergonomic design, a small footprint and some of the most advanced user functionality available in the market.”

Landa is unveiling a family of six Nanographic Printing presses at drupa 2012—three sheetfed and three web machines—that enable print providers to produce short-to-medium run lengths at unmatched cost per page. Each of the three sheetfed presses can print in up to eight colors and can use spot and specialty colors for a range of applications including general commercial printing, marketing collateral, medium-run books and manuals, direct mail and short-run work.

• The Landa S5 Nanographic press is a B3 (20″) entry-level press for fast and easy transition to digital production. The Landa S5 can print single-side at speeds of up to 11,000 sph on any off-the-shelf media (60-350 gsm).

• The Landa S7 Nanographic press is capable of single- or double-sided printing at speeds of up to 12,000 SPH on any off-the-shelf media (60-350 gsm).

• The Landa S10 Nanographic press is the market’s first B1 (41˝) digital production press. It is able to print single-side or double-side at up to 13,000 SPH on any off-the-shelf stock (60-400 gsm). A straight printing (simplex) model for folding carton operates at up to 6,500 SPH on virgin and recycled carton board, metalized stock (200-1000 micron thickness) and plastic foils.

The three web presses can print in up to eight colors and are aimed at commercial printing, publishing, labels, and flexible packaging:

• The Landa W5 Nanographic press is a 560 mm (22˝) web width press capable of single-sided printing at up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min) on plastic films and shrink sleeves (12 to 250 microns) and on label stocks, tube stocks, aluminum foil and paper (50 to 300 microns).

• The Landa W10 Nanographic press is a 1,020 mm (40˝) web width press, capable of single-sided printing at up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min) on film stock (12-250 microns) and on paper (50-300 microns). As Landa NanoInk will be FDA-compliant for food packaging, the W10 should be of interest to mainstream packaging.

• The Landa W50 Nanographic press is a 560 mm (22˝) web width press for high-volume, digital production and is capable of double-sided printing at up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min) on any coated or uncoated paper (40-300 gsm). It is ideally suited for publishing books, magazines, periodicals, annual reports, journals, directories, manuals, direct mail with personalization and versioning…and more.

“Landa Nanographic printing presses are intended not to replace offset printing, but to complement it. For the foreseeable future, offset printing will continue to be the preferred method for producing run lengths of tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands,” Landa added. “But the market is demanding shorter and shorter run lengths—and that’s where Nanography comes in—to enable print service providers to produce those short to medium run lengths economically—at offset speeds. That’s what we mean when we say that Landa Nanographic Printing brings digital to the mainstream.”

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