Voith has been awarded a contract to supply a new paper machine for paper packaging firm Grupo Gondi’s new Papel y Empaques Monterrey (PEM) plant in Monterrey in Northern Mexico.

Under the contract, Voith will be responsible for the supply of complete BlueLine stock preparation and XcelLine paper machine from wet end process to winder.

Planned to be commissioned in early 2020, the new PM 7 machine will have an annual production capacity of 400,000 metric tons.

With working width of 6,660mm at the reel, the machine will have a design speed of 1,200m/min to produce testliner and corrugated medium with basis weights in the range of 90 to 250 g/m2.

Grupo Gondi CEO Eduardo Posada said: “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 will supply an extended scope of services, including the stock preparation, the paper machine, supporting sub systems and automation.

“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.”

Under the contract, Voith will also supply a Tandem NipcoFlex Press, a TopFormer F, and an EcoCal calender. The PM 7 will also feature a VariFlex NG winder with an operational speed of 2,500m/min.

The firm will be responsible for detailed engineering for process, automation and electrical engineering.

Additionally, Voith will supply the major sub-systems including material handling, internal water treatment, sludge handling, and reject handling for the paper machine.