Grupo Gondi taps German group Voith to install state-of-the-art paper machine in Nuevo Leon

Voith, a German developer of mechanical engineering solutions revealed it has been commissioned by Mexico-based Grupo Gondi supply a new paper machine with an annual production capacity of 400,000 metric tons to be located in a facility in Nuevo Leon, Northern Mexico.

“Voith will supply the complete BlueLine stock preparation and XcelLine paper machine from wet end process to winder, which should minimize the number of interfaces for the customer and maximize the operating efficiency of the project,” said the company in a statement.

From early 2020, the new state-of-the-art PM 7 will operate at the new Papel y Empaques Monterrey (PEM) plant. The machine will have a working width of 6,660 mm at the reel and a design speed of 1,200 m/min to produce testliner and corrugated medium with basis weights in the range of 90 to 250 g/m2.

“With the new paper machine, Grupo Gondi will strengthen its position in the Mexican market for high-performance light weight recycled containerboard. It will also enhance our integration levels since our converting capacity has risen in recent years as we have expanded converting plants and grown through acquisitions. Voith’s ability to deliver an advanced, full-line, state-of-the-art system was very important to us and we continue to work closely with our partners at WestRock in connection with project planning and execution,” said Eduardo Posada, CEO at Grupo Gondi.

The XcelLine paper machine offers a range of special technical features that both improve the quality of the finished paper and reduce energy consumption. The scope of supply also includes a Tandem NipcoFlex Press, a TopFormer F, and an EcoCal calender. 

Moreover, the PM 7 will be equipped with a VariFlex NG winder with an operational speed of 2,500 m/min, with MCS, DCS and QCS completing Voith’s scope of delivery. Voith will supply the project with an extended scope, including detailed engineering for process, automation and electrical engineering.

Although financial terms were not revealed, it is known that Grupo Gondi is investing US$ 300 million to build the containerboard mill where the PM 7 machine will be installed. The company claims it will be the largest containerboard machine ever installed in Mexico.

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