Canon Group confirms acquisition of Edale

CANON Production Printing and Canon Inc. has completed the acquisition of Hampshire-based packaging converting equipment manufacturer Edale.

Through this move, Canon said it is ‘intensifying’ its long-term strategy to provide turnkey solutions for the label and packaging sectors.

Edale manufactures printing and converting solutions for the label and packaging industry, including digital and hybrid presses, carton and label production lines, flatbed die-cutters, and finishing and converting equipment.

Mick Asada, CEO of Canon Production Printing, said, “Edale has been a supplier of the web transport, conventional printing and embellishment modules for our LabelStream 4000 series since 2018. Through this close collaboration we have a very high regard for the Edale team’s capabilities and specialist expertise in printing and converting for the label and packaging industry.

“We’re excited by the enormous potential that will come from far closer co-operation, and confident that this will help to realise Canon’s ambition to become a major force for digital innovation in the packaging arena.”

Grahame Barker, Edale owner and chairman, added, “We’ve experienced a period of exciting growth, and I believe that the support of a strong global player is vital to enable us to continue that trajectory in the future, so I’m delighted that Canon will be that partner for the next stage of Edale’s development. We’re confident that the combined force of Edale and Canon will deliver tangible advantages for both companies’ customers.”

The firm will continue to trade under the Edale brand and remain an independently managed company. Grahame Barker will retire and the business will be led by the existing Edale management team under MD James Boughton, reporting into Canon Production Printing through Walter Vogelsberger, VP, digital packaging printing.