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Landa exclusive: 'nothing to do with Kodak inks'

Following Kodak’s unveiling of its new PROSPER 6000 press and the surprise revelation of its ‘nanotechnology’ inks, market rival and inventor of ‘NanoInk’ Landa has given Print Monthly an exclusive reaction to the news.

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Benny Landa, the man behind NanoInk and its printing process Nanography, was the first print technology developer to see the benefits of nanopigments-based inks for creating a technology which combined the best of litho and digital print technologies

“Although Landa has nothing to do with Kodak’s inks, it’s nice to see that they also see the benefits of using nanopigments-based inks. I don’t really think anyone will be confused by this,” said Gerry Mulvaney, regional sales – Europe, Landa Digital Printing.

He continues: “After all, nanopigments or no nanopigments, the ink still gets squirted directly onto the paper, which is the problem of all inkjet printing. That is the reason we developed Nanography, which overcomes the limitations of inkjet (cost, quality, any paper, etc.) by ejecting Landa NanoInk colorants onto our special transfer blanket and then transferring the image to paper as a dry polymeric film.”

Mulvaney went onto to explain the key differentiator and advantage that Nanography thus gives to users over Kodak’s nanotechnology and any future inkjet variants: “This means Landa NanoInk goes onto any off-the-shelf paper, without the need for priming or pre-coating.

After all, nanopigments or no nanopigments, the ink still gets squirted directly onto the paper, which is the problem of all inkjet printing

“The dry transfer lets Nanography achieve high optical density and the industry’s broadest colour gamut while avoiding the inkjet pitfalls of paper cockling and show-through. I know it sounds like I’m selling, but all of this makes Nanography uniquely suited to high coverage applications such as packaging printing and commercial printing while delivering the industry’s lowest cost per digital page.”

The reaction from Landa highlights that although Kodak is its first competitor in the market to also use nanopigments-based inks, it is the fundamentally different delivery systems that makes a comparison between the two technology’s performance and attributes a highly-complex and thorny issue.

Benny Landa gave a keynote address at the Ipex World Print Summit, where he outlined the route to market for his Nanographic printing presses

As Mulvaney says, ‘nanopigments or no nanopigments’, a disadvantage that inkjet still faces is that, ‘the ink still gets squirted directly onto the paper’. That said, if this development from Kodak bears scrutiny it will certainly make them a formidable foe in the high-end industrial print production sector.

With Landa announcing at Ipex 2014 that it is due to begin beta testing with customers in 2015, with its Nanographic presses ready for sale thereafter, the verdict on nanopigment-based inks and their now competing delivery methods is still to come.


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