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Nanography has landed at Route 1 Print

Rotherham firm Route 1 Print has taken delivery of the UK’s first Landa press.

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The Landa press in situ at Route 1 Print

The trade printer first announced it was set to install the UK’s first Landa S10P Nanographic printing press in September 2018, and now assembly of the machine is almost complete.

The S10P with perfector is a B1-format printer that uses patented Nanographic technology, a new way of digital printing which, according to Landa, allows printers to bridge the gap between offset and digital.

“We first saw the S10P at drupa,” says Mark Young, head of Route 1 Print. “We were bowled over with the quality and speeds it can offer. We look for a few key factors in presses; is this going to offer the quality our customers demand, will this enable and support fast turnaround products are the key ones – the Landa offered us this.”

Benny Landa, who founded Indigo Digital Printing in 1977, developed the nanotechnology solution for printing by created a printing ink using nanopigments and an offset digital printing process called Nanography.

“[…] We got to know the team at Landa when a number of us visited Israel,” adds Young. "From there it was clear to see that we weren’t just buying into an S10P, we were aligning our own values with those of Landa. Both of us have a strong interest in innovation of the industry and want to create long term partnerships.

Landa understand our customers’ needs alongside ours, and this has been evident through the entire process

"Landa understand our customers’ needs alongside ours, and this has been evident through the entire process, particularly aligning the press to our bespoke MIS.”

The technology was first unveiled at drupa in 2012 but only became commercially available in 2016, following 14 years of research into nanotechnology.

Young continues: “This press prints at 6,500 sheets per hour, with unrivalled colour sharpness. At Route 1 Print, we plan to utilise this to continue offering fast-turnaround high-quality print. We think it will bust the myth that digital presses are of lower quality than litho and accelerate the shift from print-to-warehouse to print-on-demand.”

The installation is on track according to Route 1 Print, and with assembly almost finished the firm expects the press to be up and running by the end of September.

“As I’ve said, the Landa is part of our continued growth plan of fast turnaround products and the print speed aligns well to that. But this installation just forms part of our investment in our industry and our people.”

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