The development of China’s carton industry is facing tremendous changes: The current situation of the paper packaging industry is grim. Most of the carton factories are suffering a series of difficulties, high asset-liability ratio, unstable paper price makes their liquidity more tense, fierce competition, huge pressure of environmental protection, difficulties in recruiting workers, high labor cost, and so on.
Since last year, people have changed their past impression of the ‘low-end, low added value’ of the carton industry, and industry concentration has been increased significantly due to the increasing paper price and state's supervision of environmental protection. These new phenomena in the carton industry are huge challenges for some enterprises, but they also provide some others a strategic opportunity of transforming and upgrading and seeking breakthroughs. To grasp the new development trend of corrugated carton printing industry and get rid of the "Red Sea", using the linkage line with good stability, high efficiency and safety is the inevitable choice to achieve downsizing for efficiency, and seek sustainable development!
Sixteen years ago, Guangdong Dong Fang Precision Science & Technology Co,. Ltd. began to develop the open-close type of top printer with in-line folder gluer. Dong Fang is the first enterprise that engaged in the research and development of this type of product in China. Leading by Mr. Tang Zhuolin, the chairman and chief engineer of the Dong Fang Precision, learned from the experience of the company for many years in exporting to European and American market, and considered the China’s national condition, the first generation of the product was launched in 2010. Cumberland Packaging, a well-known carton group in the UK, purchased the line in the same year. Rengo Co,. Ltd., the Japanese-funded enterprise, also purchased one line and used in their China branch in 2011. Before 2014, the domestic carton industry was in off-line era, and few companies were using linkage lines. Start from 2014, the demand for the inline folder gluer in domestic market began to heat up. Some domestic counterparts only greeted the “Investment Trend” and quickly launched the corresponding products, but did not grasp one of the core demands of the carton factory on the linkage line—stability. Facing the warming market, Dong Fang Precision was not blindly following the trend, but was learning and practicing core skills. Dong Fang Precision, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2011, moved to a new modern factory in 2014 with its capital advantage. Equipped with a number of high-precision CNC machines that imported from Germany and Japan, and promoted the “Lean Production” model, the new factory has further improved product quality and developed a number of new intelligent and information technologies.
The Pace of Globalization
As we all know, Bologna is a world-famous industrial city. It is famous for its design, the packaging equipment industry is developed, and it is also the center of sports cars all over the world, famous brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati have been born. Started in 2014, Dong Fang Precision took an important step in the global layout by setting up a European R&D and manufacturing center in Bologna, Italy in early 2015. Dong Fang hired a world-renowned foreign chief engineer, integrated resources, and upgraded the inline folder gluer with the concept of stability, high precision, high efficiency and safety. The first inline folder gluer that designed in Europe and made in China was successfully launched in 2015.
Dong Fang new open-close type inline folder gluer casemaker can be operated by only two operators; The unique structure makes the folder gluer stably transfer the paperboards; The newly designed “sandwich belt” improves the fishtail and gap precision; A more compact structure of counter ejector for higher running speed, which can reach up to 25 bundles per minute. In addition, in order to ensure that the printing folder gluer linkage line achieves the satisfactory from users, Dong Fang Precision has solved the problem of carton forming by adopting advanced concepts.
Since the first launch of the Dong Fang new open-close type casemaker, it has achieved good market response. It is now the sixth generation upgraded product. More than 100 Top Printing casemakers have been running efficiently in the world. The products have been successfully sold to international markets: more than ten large enterprises such as Orora Limited, Mondi-Kuils river, SIMBA, Rengo, Amcor, NUOVA SIFA, Tri-Lakes, domestic market: such as Shanxi Huaying Packaging, Nanjing Shengxi Packaging, Kunshan Suyu Paper Products, Dongguan Longteng Industry, Shenzhen Liwei Packaging, Chengdu Ruisen Packaging, Quanzhou Jinbaili Paper Products, Baotou Fenghui Packaging, Tongxiang Youchang Packaging and Tongxiang Xinfengming and many other large carton factories. Due to the widespread use of the bottom printing machines in developed countries in Europe and the United States, and the mature experience of exporting to the developed countries in Europe and the United States since 2003, Dong Fang Precision has successfully developed the Bottom Printing casemaker based on the Top Printing inline casemaker, which further enhanced the good brand image of Dong Fang Precision in the international market.