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Edale install an FL-3 into Germany, and follow up with a customer Open Day

ODD GmbH, one of the most advanced print and media houses in the Bad Kreuznach region of Germany, have just installed a six colour, full UV Edale FL-3 label and flexible packaging press with an array of additional options, to produce labels and thermo tickets

Founded in 1988 as a traditional sheet offset company, ODD now employ over 150 people and have diversified into all aspects of print – offset, digital and more recently, flexo, with the introduction of the Edale FL-3. ODD GmbH opted for additional features on to their machine including turn bar, cold foil station and fan folding delivery option, as well as a rail mounted personalisation system inkjet platform to mount their existing Domino inkjet heads.

Alexander Hassinger, Technical Director, of Odd says “We chose to work with Edale because we believe the FL-3 machine is a smart solution for our requirements; excellent British technology, good service and a friendly team of people. The machine is highly versatile and we can upgrade it with various options if the need arises in the future”.

image L-R: Alexander Ha├činger, Technical Director, Julia Weirich, Flexo Operator and Karl-Heinz Ackermann, Production Director

The relationship between odd GmbH and Edale started in 2011 at the Sinsheim event held at Messe Sinsheim, Germany where Edale exhibited with a 5 colour Alpha compact flexopress; after initially being impressed by the Alpha’s capabilities, Odd GmbH then travelled to the UK to view other machines in the range, before deciding the next generation FL-3 machine would be a better fit for their operation.

They chose the Edale FL-3 for a number of reasons; low waste, high productivity, fast set up and changeovers, alongside innovative design. Mr Hassinger continues “the technology is very high specification but is not over-complicated and the print results are very good. The auto-register option alongside the standard features has already saved us time and money. We save a lot of operator downtime when changing jobs and the make-ready time is dramatically reduced compared to our previous machine.”

After the installation had been completed and production had begun, ODD held an Open Day where customers, suppliers and industry friends were invited to view the new press. Bernhard Grob, Edale’s Export Sales Director, was in attendance, alongside Edale’s newly signed German agent, Porter Pac.

Bernhard Grob comments “To have our newest machine, the FL-3 installed into such a reputable organisation is great; the fact that we are able to use their site for potential customer visits to see an FL-3 in Germany is also a bonus. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with the team at ODD”.

Alexander Hassinger concludes “Our relationship with Edale is very good; the first experience of the machine sale and installation has been very easy and pleasant. For us, Edale are a reliable and trustworthy partner”.