manroland sheetfed and Landa to Partner on Digital Printing Solutions
OFFENBACH, GERMANY/REHOVOT, ISRAEL—April 30, 2012—manroland sheetfed GmbH and Landa Corp. announced a strategic partnership whereby Landa will provide manroland sheetfed with its Nanographic Printing technology.
Raphael Penuela, executive vice president and main board member for manroland sheetfed says, “manroland sheetfed is committed to helping our customers meet the challenges of today’s printing industry with the most innovative and productive solutions. Clearly, that must include digital for mainstream printing.
“Landa Nanographic Printing technology offers the versatility of digital printing together with the qualities and speed of offset printing. It’s a great strategic fit. Our goal will be to deliver to our customers new digital printing solutions by converting their existing offset presses to Nanography,” Penuela added.
Benny Landa, Landa founder, chairman and CEO, says, “As the newly restructured manroland sheetfed starts a new chapter, I am enthused that the company will adopt Landa Nanography on which to base its digital printing offerings. Nanography and offset are a perfect fit. In the foreseeable future we will not see a digital printing technology capable of replacing offset for job run lengths of tens or hundreds of thousands. But the market demands ever-shorter run lengths as well as the versatility of digital. That’s where Landa Nanographic Printing comes in—at unmatched cost per page.”
At the heart of the Nanographic Printing process is Landa’s water-based NanoInk. Comprised of pigment particles only tens of nanometres in size, these nano-pigments are extremely powerful absorbers of light and enable unprecedented image qualities. Landa Nanographic Printing is characterized by ultra-sharp dots of extremely high uniformity, high gloss fidelity and the broadest CMYK color gamut.
Landa Nanographic Printing employs ink ejectors to create the digital ink images which get applied to the printing stock in a process that can operate at extremely high speeds and creates images offering remarkable abrasion and scratch resistance. Most notably, it can print on any off-the-shelf substrate, from coated and uncoated paper stocks to recycled carton; from newsprint to plastic packaging films - all without requiring any kind of pre-treatment or special coating—and no post-drying.
Adding to this cost benefit is the fact that Nanographic images are only 500 nanometres thick—about half the thickness of offset images—enabling Landa NanoInk to produce the lowest cost-per-page digital images in the industry. All of this from a water-based, energy-efficient and eco-friendly process.
Benny Landa concludes, “manroland sheetfed is one of the world’s leading providers of sheetfed offset presses and solutions with a longstanding tradition of excellence. This new partnership combines the prestigious manroland brand with the power of Nanography, enabling manroland’s extensive customer base to go digital by converting their existing manroland presses to Nanography.”
About manroland sheetfed
manroland sheetfed GmbH began trading on Feb. 10, 2012, following the acquisition of the sheetfed division of the insolvent manroland AG by British industrialist Tony Langley and Langley Holdings. manroland sheetfed employs around 1,000 people at the HQ in Offenbach, Germany and over 2000 staff worldwide, in over 40 subsidiaries.
Landa Corp. was founded by Benny Landa in 2002 following the acquisition by Hewlett-Packard Company of Indigo, which Landa had founded 25 years earlier. Landa Corporation has four operating units: Landa Digital Printing, which develops Nanographic Printing™ systems for the commercial, packaging and publishing markets; Landa Labs, which develops alternative energy technology as well as nano-materials; Landa Ventures, which invests in promising technology companies; and Landa Fund, a philanthropic entity.