Komori Corporation of Tokyo and Landa Corporation of Rehovot, Israel, have announced a global strategic partnership whereby Landa will license Komori Corporation to manufacture and market digital printing presses for commercial and other printing markets using Landa's Nanographic Printing process.
According to the company, Landa Nanography is a new digital printing category employing water-based inks. It combines the versatility of digital with the qualities and speed of offset printing.
"As a specialist manufacturer of printing presses for many years, Komori Corporation provides printing systems that are capable of producing a wide range of printed goods for the commercial, packaging and currency printing markets," says Yoshiharu Komori, Komori president, chairman and CEO. "We see growing demand for variable data printing and personalization, especially for niche applications, which we are addressing with our already-announced DigitalOnDemand solutions.
"However, there is also ever-growing customer demand for shorter and shorter run lengths as well as very short turnaround times. To meet these commercial printing market needs, we have embraced Landa Nanographic Printing as a powerful solution for our next generation sheetfed and webfed digital systems that use water-based inks. Moreover, this decision accords with Komori's new policy of operating as a 'print engineering service provider' to meet various future-oriented demands from customers."
Benny Landa, Landa founder, chairman and CEO, says, "We have enjoyed an intimate relationship with Komori, which is our supplier of paper handling platforms for our new Nanographic sheetfed presses. Komori was the first to be exposed to our technology and was the first to share our vision. I am therefore particularly delighted that Komori is the first-to-be-announced global strategic partner with whom we will be sharing this huge market opportunity. With its highly respected position in the printing industry and its broad market access, Komori is well placed to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Landa Nanographic printing."
Based on the strategic partnership, Landa will provide Komori with Nanographic Printing technology and Landa NanoInk, which are at the heart of the Nanographic Printing process. Comprised of pigment particles only tens of nanometers 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 high speeds and creates images offering 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. Nanographic images are only 500 nanometers thick - about half the thickness of offset images - which enables Landa NanoInk to produce what it says are the lowest cost-per-page digital images in the industry.
Benny Landa concludes, "Komori's decision to adopt Nanography for its next generation of digital presses is an important milestone in the march of this innovative technology and significantly broadens its potential to become the new industry standard for mainstream printing."