Editions   North America | Europe | Magazine


Premium Commentary & Analysis

Actega EcoLeaf (aka Nano Metallography) Digital Metallization Ready for Prime Time

At drupa 2016, Landa Labs introduced Nano Metallography, a new metallization technology to replace foils for embellishments. This process is designed to produce zero waste at less than half the cost of foil. In February of 2017, Actega Metal Print, a division of Altana AG, acquired the technology and rebranded it EcoLeaf. The solution is now going into beta and will be fully commercialized in time for drupa 2020.


Our mission is to provide cogent commentary and analysis about trends, technologies, operations, and events in all the markets that comprise today’s printing industry. Support our mission and read articles like this with a Premium Membership.


About David Zwang

David Zwang travels around the globe helping companies increase their productivity, margins and market reach. He specializes in production optimization, strategic business planning, market analysis, and related services to companies in the vertical media communications market. Clients have included printers, manufacturers, retailers, publishers, premedia and US Government agencies. He can be reached at [email protected].


By Sean Smyth on Jan 08, 2020

Excellent use of the word "Quadrennial", Dave, we don't hear it enough!

Is the process now using a digitally printed base material, or still flexo at their development centre?



By David L. Zwang on Jan 08, 2020

thanks! trying to expand my vocabulary :-)

They told me that they have currently tested printing the trigger image with Flexo, Flat and Rotary Screen and Inkjet. Not sure if that was all done in the competence center.. Will ask and report back



Join the discussion Sign In or Become a Member, doing so is simple and free