Grupo Gondi trusts in BOBST for greenfield Mexican site

BOBST is to supply seven conversion lines for a greenfield site currently under construction by Grupo Gondi at Nava in Coahuila state, Mexico.

The lines include state-of-the-art MASTERCUT die-cutters and EXPERTFOLD folder-gluers. The new plant will also feature a 400 metre per minute corrugator from BOBST strategic partner BHS, which will be the first of its type in Latin America.

Emilio Corti, head of sales for BOBST’s Business Unit Sheet Fed, said: “This deal is the continuation of a very long and successful business relationship we have with Grupo Gondi and proves that our advanced technologies meet the needs of high-end customers in North America.”

Grupo Gondi is one of the leading paper and packaging businesses in Mexico and the new plant is being constructed to supply the present and future packaging needs of manufacturers in the Coahuila area, as well as those in the southern states of the USA. Grupo Gondi supplies specialised packaging to the CCC Brewery in Nava and is supporting CBI by building its new plant very close to its customer. The plant will feature corrugated, litho-laminated, micro-flute and folding carton production with high graphics capabilities.

Eduardo Posada, CEO of Grupo Gondi, said: “This investment in state-of-the-art BOBST and BHS equipment reinforces Gondi’s focus to respond properly and innovatively to the needs and challenges of our customers, and strengthens our commitment to efficient operations, innovation and the best service level.”

The Nava plant will be built in two phases, with the start-up of phase one due in the final quarter of 2015. The eventual capacity of the plant is planned to be around 10,000 tons of corrugated and micro-flute packaging per month.

In a deal closed at the end of 2014, BOBST will supply two MASTERCUT 2.1 die-cutters complete with pre-feeders and palletisers, two VISIONCUT 160 PR die-cutters, two EXPERTFOLD 145 folder-gluers and an EXPERTFOLD 165. All four die-cutters feature the BOBST Power Register system that provides dynamic, non-contact registration of die-cutting to the print on the sheet. Power Register represents the leading edge of die-cutting technology and is of particular use for the conversion of litho-laminated sheets, which traditional mechanical registration systems struggle with.

The three EXPERTFOLD lines represent the very latest in BOBST folding and gluing technology, the model having been launched just last year. It offers true control of each box as it goes through the machine.

The 400m/min 98” BHS corrugator is a volume line with end-to-end automation, designed for filling large orders and achieving maximum delivery reliability. It comes with the technology to corrugate and laminate pre-printed material at high speed.