Landa sells metal tech to Altana

Landa has sold its metallography technology to its partner Altana and will transfer the remaining development and engineering work to Altana’s Actega Coatings & Sealants division. Altana will set up a new company, Actega Metal Print, with Jan Franz Allerkamp, who has been with Altana since 2010, named Managing Director.

Gilad Torzi, Landa’s vice president of product strategy, says that Landa is simply putting all of its resources into developing its Nanography presses, which could be true.

But as a professional cynic journalist, it seems quite likely to me that Landa needed another cash injection and Altana stepped in again, having previously taken a large stake in Landa’s Nanography venture. Either way, it seems that the Metallography would take more effort to fully develop than Landa indicated at Drupa, so it probably makes sense to pass it to Altana, which has proven expertise in this area. 

The Metallography approach adds foiling effects using metal flakes thus avoiding the level of waste normally associated with this process. It can be used with most conventional print technologies and was shown at last year’s Drupa fitted on a narrow web flexo press.

Dr. Roland Peter, president of Actega Coatings & Sealants, said: “Landa’s Metallography technology has the potential to become a sustainable mainstream technology for metallization graphics, supplanting foil-transfer in applications such as labels and folding cartons.”


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