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Edale and AB Graphic International launch the Digicon 3000 and announce new technology partnership.

Edale and AB Graphic International today announce the launch of the Digicon 3000, a 762mm wide finishing system that enables printers to convert pressure sensitive labels and flexible packaging printed on the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press.

After initial discussions in early 2012, Edale and AB Graphic International entered into a collaborative development agreement based on customer demand for a converting system for the soon-to-be-launched HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press.

Mike Burton, Managing Director of AB Graphic International reports “We approached Edale back in May 2012, to discuss supporting the development of this new product. We immediately thought of Edale based on their proven experience in wider webs and flexible packaging”.

The two companies together bring more than 100 years combined technical expertise; AB Graphic International, having worked with HP for more than 15 years, and Edale having worked with AGFA Graphics for more than 12 years. Whilst the Digicon 3000 will be manufactured by Edale, the machine will benefit from the companies combined intellectual property.

“By working together we have been able to create an advanced product that benefits from the respective technology strengths of Edale and AB Graphic International. As a result the Digicon 3000 is packed with innovations that will serve to enhance and broaden the applications possible in mid web digital label and packaging printing” comments James Boughton, Managing Director of Edale.

James continues, “Mike Burton and I were surprised to see how similar our two businesses were; both having dedicated in-house design teams, who have gelled together well during this initial process, and both companies sharing a very similar business practice”.

The HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press is poised to transform the film and label converting market with its capability to digitally produce the vast majority of label and flexible packaging applications. The press supports a 762mm wide roll with up to 1,118 mm repeat length, ensuring an easy fit into existing production lines.

The first and second machines have already been sold. The first unit is scheduled for installation at Innovative Labelling Solutions (ILS) in Ohio in December 2013. ILS will be running a label and flexible packaging configuration with the HP Indigo 20000 running inline with the Digicon 3000.

Jay Dollries, owner of ILS, comments “Our long-standing partnership with AB Graphic International made them a logical choice as we considered finishing options for the HP Indigo 20000. As with our current Digicon equipment, the Digcon 3000 will provide versatility and accuracy that will keep us well ahead of the technology curve.” He continues, “The partnership between AB Graphic International and Edale, in conjunction with ILS’ involvement in all phases of the Digicon’s development, will result in the most unique, advanced digital finishing line in the marketplace. As ILS continually focuses on growing our presence in the flexible packaging and shrink sleeve marketplaces the combination of the HP Indigo 20000 and the Digicon 3000 will be one of our major catalysts”.

The Digicon 3000 will run its first live demonstration on the HP stand at Label Expo Europe in Brussels from 24 – 27 September.

Edale will be exhibiting on Stand 7M60

AB Graphic International will be exhibiting at Stand 6F70
HP will be exhibiting on Stand 5C 105 in the Patio area.