Landa to show 11,000sph B1, B2 and B3 “nanotechnology” presses at Drupa

The new technology can produce images that are "about half the thickness of offset images", according to Landa Corporation.

Chief executive Benny Landa, who invented the Indigo ElectroInk liquid toner, said it had taken 10 years of research to produce his "breakthrough", which was first announced in January. The result is a series of sheetfed and web presses that will be unveiled at Drupa.

"These include B3, B2 and B1 sheetfed perfecting presses that operate at up to 11,000 sheets per hour for commercial and packaging printing as well as web presses for publishing and flexible packaging that range in width from 52cm to 104cm and operate at up to 200 metres per minute," Landa said.

"Such performance places Landa nanographic printing presses squarely in the heart of mainstream commercial printing.

"For the first time, commercial printers don't have to choose between the versatility and short-run economics of digital printing and the low cost-per-page and high productivity of offset printing. Now they can have both."

The printing process is based around the nano-pigments within Landa NanoInk, which the company described as "extremely powerful absorbers of light [that] enable unprecedented image qualities".

"Landa nanographic printing is characterised by ultra-sharp dots of extremely high uniformity, high gloss fidelity and the broadest CMYK colour gamut of any printing process," said the company.

"The Landa nanographic printing process creates images of 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."

Each Landa press can print in up to eight colours and operate at 600dpi or 1,200dpi resolution.

The presses will be unveiled at Drupa on 2 May. Landa will host daily presentations to explain the technology and give insights into the future of the industry.

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