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Sustainable Metallization for the Graphic Arts.

ECOLEAF is a new category of metallization for the Graphic Arts. It is used to embellish labels, folding cartons, flexible packaging and more. By only using the precise amount of metal required, ECOLEAF eliminates the need for Hot- and Coldfoil.


You can generate a wide range of metallic embellishments:

  • Tactile metallic effects without embossing (rotary or flatbed screen)
  • Very fine metallization at the highest resolution (flexo)
  • Seamless and variable metallization (inkjet)
low tactile
medium tactile
high tactile



  • Application of the precise amount of metal needed
  • Eradicate the need for Hot- and Coldfoil

Better Economics

  • Significant amount of material and cost savings
  • Reduced production time


  • Very fine details and high resolution metallization
  • Tactile effect with high gloss, also on filmic substrates


  • Over and under print metallization for a rainbow of metallic effects
  • Conventional and digital integration options for a variety of printing presses


Choose the metallization

Before print
after print


  • Inline integration into narrow web printing presses
  • Offline integration into finishing equipment
  • Plug and Play system with intuitive operation
  • Retrofit options

„Sustainable metallization for decorative printing without Hot- and Coldfoil“


ECOLEAF metallization units will be available for all printing segments, including labels, folding cartons, flexible packaging, commercial printing, and publishing. It will fit a wide range of applications like Personal Care, Food and Beverage, Consumer Products or Health Care.

The first module to be commercialized is designed for use with narrow web presses and the production of labels. Future metallization units will be available for sheetfed and mid-web printing presses.

Choose the metallization

Before print
after print

About us

Stephan Plenz

Chief Executive Officer

Paolo Grasso

Sales Director

Harald Jasper

Chief Operation Officer

ACTEGA Metal Print was founded in February 2017 with a mission to revolutionize graphic arts with a sustainable metallization technology that significantly reduces the amount of material, waste, cost and production time for creating decorative embellishments compared to today’s conventional processes that are mainly foil-based.

To achieve this mission, ALTANA’s ACTEGA division acquired Nano-Metallography™, a unique technology that was first unveiled at the drupa 2016 print exhibition by Benny Landa, founder of the Landa Group.

ACTEGA Metal Print GmbH

Mielestr. 13
31275 Lehrte

Phone +49 5132 5009-500
Fax +49 5132 5009-110

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LEHRTE, GERMANY, 28. February 2022

Q&A with Stephan Plenz, General Manager at ACTEGA Metal Print

Lehrte, February, 2022 – Consumers, leaders in government, converters, and brands are undoubtedly, and rightly, putting sustainability at the top of their agendas. As such, the market is watching intently for new solutions that can effect real change where sustainability is concerned, whilst also delivering on the quality standards set by existing technologies. One such solution that certainly has all eyes on it is ACTEGA’s ECOLEAF metallic decoration technology. By making the switch from hot or cold foil to this breakthrough metallisation technology, brands and converters can eliminate foil waste as well as improve the recyclability of the finished label or packaging.

LEHRTE, GERMANY, 16. December 2021

Year in Review: A look back at the achievements that defined 2021

Lehrte, December 16, 2021 – With the New Year just around the corner, now is a great time to reflect on and share all the incredible successes achieved by the ACTEGA Metal Print team in 2021.

Despite the ongoing challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was a fantastic year for ACTEGA Metal Print. We now have six ECOLEAF units installed at leading converter sites across Europe on inline narrow-web presses and ABG converting machines.

LEHRTE, GERMANY, 15. November 2021

ECOLEAF wins at German Design Awards 2022

Lehrte, November 15, 2021 – ECOLEAF has been awarded as winner of the German Design Awards 2022 for outstanding design quality in the category Excellent Product Design in the industrial segment.

The German Design Awards have been presented by the German Design Council for the tenth time. The internationally renowned prizes are awarded to companies whose pioneering products and projects stand out in the categories of “Excellent Product Design”, “Excellent Communications Design” and “Excellent Architecture”.