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The Landa Nano-Metallography™ technology represents a historic breakthrough in the centuries-old process of enhancing print with metal.

Landa’s innovation introduces the science of nanotechnology to the ancient art of graphics metallization. Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supra-molecular scale. The Nano-Metallography® breakthrough is designed to replace costly, inefficient processes used today, including foil stamping and metallized substrates.

The zero waste process applies a luxurious metallic effect at less than 50% of the current cost. With reduced time, cost and complexity, print providers and brand owners enjoy more productivity and profitability in creating product labels, folding carton, flexible packaging, commercial print and publishing materials.

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Conventional foiling and stamping processes used today are very wasteful. Typically, less than 0.1% of the weight of a roll of foil is used – resulting in more than 99.9% waste – which often renders foil metallization prohibitively expensive and limited to high end products. Landa Nano-Metallography™ technology eliminates all of the waste, as well as the need for a die and lengthy set-up times. By totally eliminating the waste, the Landa process enables the production of metallized print at a fraction of the cost of foil printing. The Landa process also opens new markets, including the ability to offer metallized packaging that can be used in microwave ovens.



Cheaper, Quicker, Simpler

Landa Nano-Metallography™ technology offers a wide range of business benefits to the converter and print provider:

  • Cost reduction. Landa NanoFlake™ metal is less than 50 nanometers thick. With zero waste, it dramatically reduces the amount of material required for metallization and translates into a significant cost reduction.
  • Low capital investment. Designed to be retrofitted into conventional printing presses, Landa Nano-Metallography™ modules require a low capital investment and present a very low barrier to adoption.
  • Efficiency. Replacing conventional metallization processes with the Landa Nano-Metallography™ printing method removes many inefficiencies inherent in incumbent processes:
    • Shorter production times. With no die required, setup needs only the time it takes to replace a conventional printing plate — thus eliminating the lengthy setup times of conventional foiling. The modules operate at standard printing speeds inline, eliminating the need to reduce printing speed or for a standalone stamping unit.
    • Quicker turnaround time. With no die required, there is no need to wait up to two weeks for a die to be delivered.
    • Reduced inventory. Replacing foil and metallized substrates with Landa NanoFlake™ metal eliminates the need for storing large quantities of expensive inventory.
  • Simplification:
    • Achieving high metallization quality with conventional foils is a complex craft requiring experienced and knowledgeable operators. The Landa Nano-Metallography™ process simplifies the production of complex jobs.
    • Applying metal with very high coverage – but only where you need it – the Landa Nano-Metallography™ process can achieve the effect of metallized substrates while eliminating the need to print opaque white where a non-metallic effect is desired.
  • New markets:
    • Cost viability. Significantly reducing the cost enables the metallization of print categories not economically viable today.
    • Microwave. Replacing continuous sheets of foil, Landa NanoFlake™ metal is not electrically conductive, enabling the production of microwaveable metallized packaging.



Zero-Waste Metallization
At the heart of the process are Landa Nano-Metallography™ modules and Landa NanoFlake™ metal.


Landa Nano-Metallography™ Modules
These metallization modules are easily integrated inline into conventional print processes, including narrow web flexography, sheetfed offset, wide web flexography and web-offset printing presses.


The modules create a monolayer of Landa NanoFlake™ metal on a donor roller while a trigger image is conventionally and simultaneously printed onto the substrate. The donor roll transfers the metal to the trigger image, using only the amount of metal required to create the metallic image. The result is a wide range of high impact metallic effects, using a minimum amount of metal. And all of this with zero waste, as the donor roll is replenished with Landa NanoFlake™ metal only in the areas of previous transfer.

Landa NanoFlake Metal

Landa NanoFlake™ metal is less than 50 nanometers thick, reducing the quantity of metal applied to the substrate to the absolute minimum. Landa NanoFlake™ metal offers a range of unique characteristics and benefits.

  • It uses only the thickness of metal required to enhance the printed substrate, with zero waste.
  • It can produce brilliant, high impact, mirror-like effects.
  • It replicates the topography of the printed trigger image. Used in combination with various trigger images, it can produce either a flat or embossed metallized effects – without the need for a die – as well as smooth or textured effects.
  • By using flakes of metal versus continuous metallic films, the resulting Landa NanoFlake™ image is not electrically conductive. It thus enables the production of microwaveable metallized packaging.



Landa Nano-Metallography™ modules will be available for all printing segments, including labels, folding carton, flexible packaging, commercial printing and publishing. The first to be commercialized will be the Nano-Metallography® L50 modules for the narrow web production of labels.

The module replaces hot stamp and cold foil units and enables the inline production of fully metallized substrates.

Future modules will be offered for sheetfed offset, web offset, flexo, gravure and digital printing processes. They will enable metallization of folding carton, flexible packaging, commercial printing and publishing, as well as short-run and variable digital print.



L50 module

The Landa Nano-Metallography™ L50 module is designed for integration into conventional narrow web label presses. Available for new presses or as a retrofit to installed presses, the L50 module is a low cost entry point to high impact metallization solutions for all types of metallized label jobs.


Key features and benefits:

  • The L50 Nano-Metallography® module works with Landa NanoFlake™ metal to enable a zero waste metallization solution.
  • The L50 module and Landa NanoFlake™ metal are compatible with traditional print technologies used for the production of labels on narrow web presses including flexo, screen and offset.
  • The L50 module can be used to produce a broad range of metallic jobs, from fine text to full coverage.
  • Using a screen print process to apply a thick layer of trigger image, the L50 can create an embossed effect without the need for a die, including on rough and absorbent substrates such as wine paper.