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Altana acquires Landa’s Metallography technology

Specialty chemicals company Altana has acquired Landa’s Metallography technology. First unveiled by Landa at the Drupa printing exhibition in June, 2016, this novel technology for producing metallized graphics is a sustainable alternative to foil-transfer processes, enabling metallization graphics at up to half the cost of conventional foil stamping. Landa will progressively transfer the remaining development and engineering work to Altana’sActega Coatings & Sealants division, which will be bringing the Metallography technology to market in the coming years.

Martin Babilas, CEO, Altana, said, “This acquisition 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”.

The novel Metallography technology is both economically attractive and environmentally sustainable, saving a significant amount of material, cost and production time compared to the conventional cold foil and hot foil stamping technology.

Benny Landa, chairman of the Landa Group said: “This transaction is 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 commercialization of our Metallography technology.”

The further development work, as well as sales and distribution, will be steered by Actega Metal Print based in Lehrte near Hanover, Germany.

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