Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 09:46 GMT

ALTANA and Landa’s metallic marriage

The German chemicals giant ALTANA AG has teamed up with Landa to develop the inventive Israeli print firm’s metallic products.

ALTANA AG has acquired Landa’s Metallography technology, first unveiled by Landa at Drupa last year. 

Used for producing metallised graphics, the firm says that the metallography technology offers a sustainable alternative to foil-transfer processes and is potentially much cheaper than the traditional foil stamping process.

ALTANA’S Actega coatings and sealants division will be charged with developing the technology and making it available to the industry as soon as possible, as Landa shifts the remaining development and engineering work to the chemical company.

Created in 1977, ALTANA AG is a German chemical company headquartered in Wesel and comprises the divisions BYK, ECKART, ELANTAS and ACTEGA.

We are excited about this acquisition, which opens up new growth opportunities for ALTANA and strengthens our position as a leading solution provider for the printing industry

Martin Babilas of ALTANA says: “We are excited about this acquisition, which opens up new growth opportunities for ALTANA and strengthens our position as a leading solution provider for the printing industry. 

“We are looking forward to our continued close and trustful cooperation with Landa as we prepare to bring this promising technology to market.”

Benny Landa, the Israeli entrepreneur and inventor who heads up the Landa Group, adds: “We are delighted that ALTANA has embraced our zero-waste Nano-Metallography technology, for there can be no better owner for this business than ALTANA. As an innovative partner of its customers ALTANA has a wealth of experience and know-how in graphic arts. 

“This transaction is also a testament to the outstanding collaboration between Landa and ALTANA, which is also our partner in Landa Digital Printing. It will enable Landa to focus on Nanography, our breakthrough digital printing technology, while ALTANA takes over the final development work and commercialisation of our Metallography technology.”

ACTEGA Metal Print, based in Lehrte near Hanover, Germany will take on the development work, as well as sales and distribution, before the technology is available. 

This transaction is also a testament to the outstanding collaboration between Landa and ALTANA, which is also our partner in Landa Digital Printing

The metallic marriage is the latest chapter in the remarkable life of one of the print industry’s most important and inventive characters. 

Landa was born in Poland in 1946 but moved to Canada with his family as a child where his father worked as an inventor in the new field of photographic transfer without the use of film. Landa continued his father’s work and famously developed digital printing with Indigo Digital Press and the Landa Group. 

He moved to Israel in 1974 and continues to bring new innovations to the industry including his Nanographic Printing process which was introduced at Drupa in 2012.

If the new technology is successful, it could replace a technique and process that has been around for centuries. Foil stamping was done by hand until mechanisation was introduce in the 19th century with Ernst Oeser, a master bookbinder in Berlin, Germany, credited as developing a hot-stamping foil press in 1880.