Landa Selects Komori Platforms for all Sheetfed Nanographic Printing Presses
REHOVOT, ISRAEL AND TOKYO—November 1, 2013—Landa Corp. and Komori Corp. today announced the strengthening of their strategic relationship. The companies had collaborated during Landa's development of Nanography, with Komori providing sheetfed platforms for Landa's launch of Nanographic Printing at drupa 2012. The companies have now formalized their long-term strategic alliance by entering into multi-faceted agreements in which Komori will be the global supplier of all sheetfed Landa Nanographic printing press platforms to Landa and Landa will provide Komori with Nanographic Printing technology and Landa NanoInk Colorants for incorporation into Komori-branded Nanographic Printing presses.
Komori Selected to Provide Customized Platforms for all Landa Sheetfed Presses
Since drupa, Landa engineers have been evaluating proposals from the industry's leading press vendors, both European and Asian, for supply of sheetfed platforms for Landa Nanographic Printing presses. In making its assessment, Landa took into account caliber of engineering, robustness of design, automation, reliability and cost effectiveness. The vendor's culture of innovation, technical resources, commercial success and financial stability were also important criteria. The conclusion of this year-long pursuit left no doubt: Komori is in a class of its own and the clear partner of choice for Landa. The outcome led Landa to place orders with Komori for sheetfed platforms for Landa's S10 Nanographic Printing Presses, which will start to be delivered to customers in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Komori and Landa Formalize License Agreement
Following a lengthy technology diligence period, during which Komori scientists and engineers studied, evaluated and tested Landa Nanographicz Printing technology, Komori concluded that Nanography has the potential to deliver on its promise of matching the quality and speed of offset printing at the lowest cost per page in the digital printing industry. Komori therefore formalized its license agreement with Landa, cementing the long-term strategic alliance between the companies.
Landa Founder, Chairman and CEO Benny Landa said, "Since we first started our collaboration with Komori, we have been deeply impressed by the company, its people and its culture. Komori is an outstanding partner for Landa, bringing an extremely high caliber of engineering expertise, second-to-none quality and performance, together with a fervent commitment and willingness to invest in the future. It is gratifying to have as our strategic partner the one global press vendor that continues to thrive despite the challenges faced by the industry."
Yoshiharu Komori, Komori president, chairman and CEO, also noted, "It is a great honor to be able to cooperate with Landa in bringing Nanography to market. Our teams have been closely monitoring Landa's development and have been amazed with the progress made so far, which exceeds our expectations. We believe that the impact of Benny Landa's new invention, Nanography—with the Komori platform—will have a far greater impact even than his introduction of the first digital printing press."
About Komori Corp.
Tokyo-based Komori Corp., a premier manufacturer of sheetfed and web offset presses and banknote/security presses, provides world-class technology especially suited for today's highly competitive printing marketplace. Delivering the highest level in print quality coupled with impressively fast makeready and JDF connectivity through open systems architecture, Komori presses help printers achieve higher productivity levels essential for increased margins and business growth.
Landa Digital Printing is part of the Landa group. Its Nanographic Printing technology bridges the industry's "Profitability Gap"—cost-effectively producing short-to-medium runs. Landa Nanographic Printing presses yield the lowest cost per digitally-printed page in the industry and combine the versatility of digital with the qualities and speed of offset. Founded by Benny Landa, the Landa group also includes Landa Labs, the group's innovation arm that explores nanotechnology for use in alternative energy, drug delivery and other fields; Landa Ventures, which invests in related technology firms; and the Landa Fund, which helps underprivileged youth pursue higher education. Benny Landa continues to add to the portfolio of over 800 patent applications and patents granted to him worldwide that provide the companies which he founded with a solid intellectual property base.
Source: Komori and Landa.