ABB has been chosen to supply leading Mexico packaging paper producer Grupo Gondi with a robust and reliable automated paper testing solution for its greenfield site in Monterrey, Mexico. The comprehensive order—which focuses on improving quality and efficiency at the mill—includes L&W Autoline, with a wide range of testing modules and sample trimmer and L&W benchtop testing instruments. Engineering and installation of the project is planned for completion in Q3 2020.
Grupo Gondi became the first paper producer in Mexico to commission automated paper testing with the L&W Autoline installation at its Guadalajara mill in 2013, emphasizing the company’s commitment to achieving high quality outputs. The new order for the Monterrey mill in northeast Mexico will continue to improve efficiency and reduce costs for the company, reducing dependence on manual testing and allowing resources to focus on optimizing product quality.
“Our previous experience of L&W Autoline and ABB’s excellent service made ABB an obvious choice for this contract,” said Felix Rocha, Paper Mills Director, Grupo Gondi. “We are confident that this order will provide us with rapid, reliable feedback on product quality across the business, ensuring the highest quality of output.”
“Having worked with Grupo Gondi to commission the first automated paper testing solution in Mexico, we have now built on our relationship to contribute to the company’s focus on consistently high-quality product,” said Per Sandstrom, Head of Lab and Process Testing Measurements, Pulp & Paper, Process Industries, ABB. “Automated paper testing will benefit the mill by enabling the prompt identification and resolution of issues that can compromise quality, helping to maximize on-spec output.”
By rapidly gathering information and highlighting off-spec data, L&W Autoline measures paper properties, identifies problem areas and allows papermakers to tune processes promptly, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to optimize product quality. Reports and visualizations provided to operations and engineering personnel both locally and remotely in real time ensure the fulfillment of production targets and quality specifications.
Grupo Gondi is the leading company in paper and cardboard packaging, with 65 years of experience in the Mexican market. Currently, Grupo Gondi employs over 7,500 people, with 15 converting plants and 6 recycled paper machines in operation for a current paper production of 650,000 tons per year. With the new paper machine at Monterrey, the Group will increase its capacity to over 1 million tons per year.
Gondi’s packaging solutions carry products from its clients to more than 190 countries worldwide, supported by certified processes and international regulations, offering high quality products and services to the market, with the support of the Gondi Paper and Packaging Investigation Center (CIPEG, for its initials in Spanish), which on a daily basis researches for innovational contributions to the success of its clients.