Landa Digital Printing expands its ink operations

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At drupa 2012, Benny Landa, the founder and creative mind of Indigo Digital Printing, unveiled Landa Digital Printing, his newest printing company. Landa launched its Landa nanographic printing presses, which combined offset-scale digital technologies through the use of nanotechnology.

Landa nanographic printing presses are in B1 format, which is the standard print production format used in offset for commercial and packaging printing. Today, the company reports that Landa presses can achieve offset quality – including producing 96% of the Pantone color gamut – on any coated or uncoated stock, at 6,500 sheets per hour. With this range of colors there is no need to mix special colors, saving time, money and inventory.

It took time to perfect Landa Nanographic Printing; I met Benny Landa at drupa 2016, and he made it clear to me that he would not ship any presses until the technology was working perfectly. In fact, Indigo was nearly destroyed as a business before it started shipping presses that needed to be returned due to defects. After beta testing its Landa nanographic printing presses, Landa was shipping its presses in 2018. Today, Landa nanographic printing presses are found all over the world.

“Landa Digital Printing’s presence in the commercial printing and packaging printing industries is growing all over the world,” said Amir Shalev, Market Development Manager, Landa Digital Printing.

“Customers are thrilled that the Landa press integrates with existing work while allowing them to respond more quickly to market demands,” added Shalev. “The Landa presses increase overall plant yields by efficiently producing jobs that were inefficient in offset, while being far more productive than customers’ existing digital equipment.

“Our clients are enthusiastic to the point of proactively talking about presses and developing Landa-centric campaigns,” Shalev noted. “They’re experimenting, showing us things the press can do – that we didn’t know anything about – and sending us news of the breakthroughs they’ve made.”

As the market grows, the need for Landa Nanoink, which was originally only produced in Israel, is also increasing. To meet these needs, Landa is opening a new ink production facility in Sittard, the Netherlands, joining its first production facility in Israel.

Landa Nanoink

Landa Nanoink is, as its name suggests, a nanoparticle ink. Many materials, when reduced to nanoparticle size, acquire unexpected properties. For example, in coating systems, some particles become super hard, able to protect surfaces from abrasion. Over a decade of research, Landa has observed that ink pigments, when reduced to the nanoscale, become exceptionally strong colorants.

It was crucial that Landa Nanoink performs flawlessly, and Shalev noted that customers have reported that Landa NanoInk performs well on press.

“It was critical that we perfect the interaction of ink with press components, processes and paper, and we are pleased to see these efforts yielding such good results,” Shalev said. “When it comes to the look of the finished product, with the unique way we print, Landa generates high quality results that our customers…and their customers…love.”

Shalev observed that Landa NanoInk’s successful performance on press, as well as its excellent production capabilities, can be attributed to several factors. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
• The ink is already dry when it is deposited on the substrate.
• No pre-treatment is necessary.
• Since the image is dry, no ink is absorbed by the paper. The printed image does not suffer any degradation and retains all its saturation and fidelity.
• Because light absorption is critical to image quality and pigment particle size determines light absorption rates, Landa has spent years researching nanopigments to find the size of perfect particle for best image results.

The new ink factory built in Sittard, the Netherlands, has doubled the company’s production of Landa Nanoink. Shalev said adding a new factory in Europe had various benefits, including lower shipping costs for finished inks and greater proximity to customers.

“We chose to build a factory in Europe because of its proximity to customers and because it is efficient for supply and distribution,” Shalev said. “It helps us maintain high service levels while controlling costs and maintaining environmental stewardship.

“The Netherlands and Sittard, in particular, offer excellent conditions from an environmental and commercial point of view,” added Shalev. “At Sittard, we use green energy and other sustainable benefits.”

This may not be the only new ink factory in Landa’s future. Shalev noted that Landa Digital Printing is also doing well in the United States.

“We are seeing tremendous demand from the US market,” Shalev concluded. “That might be an option in the future.”

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