Edale enters Chinese market with installation at Kava

Jiangsu-based Kava is to install the first Edale machines in the Chinese market.

Edale, a British manufacturer of flexographic presses for the carton and label sectors, has entered the Chinese market having secured a new deal with a premium folding carton converter, Kava.  

Announced at drupa 2024, Jiangsu-based Kava is to install a flexo-based FL5 press and servo-driven web-fed FDC-600 flatbed die-cutter, creating a fully in-line single-pass carton production system. Notably, the investment sees the first Edale machines installed in the Chinese market.

Jiangua Wang, CEO of Kava, said: ‘As we revealed at drupa, our decision to invest in Edale technology is driven by our need to consistently push our capabilities. We have traditionally relied exclusively on offset printing for our folding carton production, but when it became clear that we needed to expand our capacity and quality, Edale’s advanced flexographic technology was the way to go. It’s bringing all the best elements of flexo to carton packaging production.

‘The Chinese market demands agility and quality at speed. Our Edale FL5 press and FDC-600 die-cutter investment will give us the power to produce even intricate designs and small jobs at lightning speed.’

The Edale FL5 is designed as a versatile single-pass carton press, capable of running any reel-fed substrate and is built and tailored for ultimate configurability, with different finishing options available. It can combine printing, cutting, creasing, braille embossing, cold foil stamping, varnishing, lamination and waste stripping in a single pass.

Challenging printing tradition, the business notes that a skilled operator can complete a single pass from raw material to finished carton in just under one minute. Run in-line with the FL5 press, the FDC-600 flatbed die-cutter uses a servo-driven constant tension web transport system to create the single-pass folding carton production line.

Ian Eccleston, sales manager, Agent Network at Edale, commented: ‘The challenges that Kava aims to overcome are real pressure points for carton converters around the world, and classic offset printing can be a major workflow headache when multiple passes are needed. This is slowing the entire supply chain down, adding costs and stretching the workforce to capacity. We’re challenging the status quo in the carton industry with the flexographic FL5 press because these processes are completely inline, which results in a pristine finished carton in a single pass. What’s more, the addition of the FDC-600 web-fed flatbed die cutter adds even more flexibility.  

‘We’re delighted to share news of Kava’s investment with drupa attendees, because it puts our commitment to engineering excellence in the spotlight. You’ll never find two converters that are exactly alike, so why would their machines be? We build and configure our machines to excel under our customers’ precise requirements, no matter how niche. Add in service and support that makes a world of difference to our customers, and it’s a real formula for success.’

Edale’s Chinese agent, You-Print Digital Technology, has played a key role in supporting this new investment, demonstrating the service and support excellence that comes with its strong network of international partners.

Alex Zhang, general manager of You-Print Digital Technology Co, Ltd, said: ‘Kava's Edale investment project is of great significance both to the customer and us because it is the first Edale press to be installed in the Chinese market. Working closely with the Edale and KAVA teams, we are proud to have been there every step of the way. 

‘Together, we have experienced comprehensive technical exchanges, remote online demonstrations, customer product proofing, manufacturing factory inspections, equipment user visits, comparisons of similar products domestic and overseas and more. We look forward to witnessing the on-going success of this project.’