Altana AG acquired The Landa Group’s Metallography technology. First unveiled by Landa at the Drupa printing exhibition in June 2016, this technology for producing metallized graphics is a sustainable alternative to the foil-transfer processes.
Landa will progressively transfer the remaining development and engineering work to Altana’s ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants division, which will bring the Metallography technology to market in the coming years.
"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,” says Martin Babilas, CEO, Altana. “We are looking forward to our continued close and trustful cooperation with Landa as we prepare to bring this promising technology to market.”
"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,” says Dr. Roland Peter, President of the Altana division ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants.
The Metallography technology saves material, costs, and production time compared to conventional cold foil and hot foil stamping technology.
“We are delighted that Altana has embraced our zero-waste Nano-Metallography technology,” says Benny Landa, Chairman of the Landa Group. “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 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 commercialization of our Metallography technology."
The future development work, sales, and distribution plans will be steered by ACTEGA Metal Print GmbH based in Lehrte, Germany. Jan Franz Allerkamp, who has been with Altana since 2010, was named Managing Director of this newly founded Altana company.