LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2016 (Press Release) -Less than a year after agreeing a seven-machine deal for its new, green field site in Nava, Mexico, Grupo Gondi has placed a further large order for state-of-the-art BOBST printing and conversion equipment, as well as for upgrades to existing equipment. The order reflects Grupo Gondi’s commitment to investing in innovative production equipment and its trust in the equipment manufactured and service support provided by BOBST.
The deal includes the installation of Grupo Gondi’s second BOBST F&K 90SIX high-performance CI flexo press for pre-printed linerboard and coated boxboard applications, a BOBST Asitrade VISIONFLUTE litho-laminator dry end, a BOBST EXPERTCUT 145 PER large format die-cutter, and two Impack VIRTUO automatic packers. As part of the purchase, BOBST will also carry out a major upgrade of Grupo Gondi’s existing F&K 90SIX press which will see it brought to the same level of technology as the new line, reflecting the ability of BOBST to offer world class after-sales support. With the installation of the new F&K 90SIX, Grupo Gondi will have three, latest generation, BOBST pre-print presses within their Group.
Emilio Corti, Head of Sales for BOBST Business Unit Sheet-fed, said, "We are very proud that Grupo Gondi sees us as the key supplier supporting their continued growth in Mexico. This multiple machine deal follows the one signed in December 2014 for equipment at the green field site in Nava, and proves that BOBST not only has the technology that customers need to maximize their productivity, but that we also have the proper pre- and post-sales support organizations to ensure they get the best out of their machinery."
Grupo Gondi is proceeding with their expansion plan for the new state-of-the-art green field facility at Nava near Piedras Negra in the north of Mexico. This plant is geared towards serving the substantial beer industry of the area and will be completed by the end of 2016. The F&K 90SIX, EXPERTCUT 145 PER and one VIRTUO packer are destined for this site, while the other VIRTUO will go to the Group’s EPM plant in México City. The VISIONFLUTE will be installed at Grupo Gondi’s PEOSA (EMP) facility in Guadalajara. The new installations will be accompanied by an upgrade to the latest technology of the F&K 90SIX press at the Group’s PCD plant in Celaya.
Eduardo Posada, CEO of Grupo Gondi, said, "We continue to invest in cutting edge technology in order to provide our customers with the best packaging solutions, together with innovation and the volume capacity the market requires. Our plants and equipment are constantly upgraded to keep up with our commitment to customers and in line with our dream to be the best option in our industry. The move Gondi is making toward "sexy boxes" is supported by the best technology available."
The BOBST F&K 90SIX is the best-selling press in the pre-print market, and the line at Nava will go into production in the second half of 2016. Featuring repeats of up to 2060 mm and running at speeds of up to 500 meters per minute, the F&K 90SIX is capable of printing on low grammages while delivering close to offset quality, which considerably lowers production costs. The press is equipped with F&K smartGPS™, BOBST’s unique off-press impression setting system, which brings production waste close to zero and which allows the user to profitably run even the smallest orders. Another special feature of the press is a downstream unit designed for the application of both water-based and UV curable inks. This special feature allows the machine to be used for all types of pre-print and carton applications, including the production of premium beer packaging. A downstream unit of the same type will be among the retrofits on Grupo Gondi’s existing F&K 90SIX.
The EXPERTCUT 145 PER is a workhorse format-VI die-cutter, ideal for the conversion of litho-laminated board. Designed with the direct input of BOBST customers, this EXPERTCUT features BOBST’s patented Power Register II system, which ensures perfect die-cut to print registration, something that is particularly difficult to achieve when die-cutting the litho-laminated products commonplace in the beverage industry. With an intelligent feeder system and quick-change tooling units, the EXPERTCUT 145 PER also has the versatility to handle paper, solid board and conventional corrugated, while delivering high productivity, easy operation, and excellent product quality. Die-cutting sheets of up to 1050 x 1450 mm, at speeds of up to 7,500 per hour, EXPERTCUT 145 PER can deliver 550 metric tonnes of force, making it ideal for even the most complex work.
The offline VISIONFLUTE laminator will be integrated with an existing Grupo Gondi module facer at PEOSA, and will replace existing litho-laminating lines at the plant. With centralized and automated process parameter control, VISIONFLUTE delivers substantial productivity gains and a reduced labor requirement. VISIONFLUTE is the market leading equipment for the high quality litho-lamination of offset printed, mechanically resistant packaging destined for market sectors as diverse as beer, footwear, toys and home appliances. The laminator has a throughput of up to 10,000 sheets per hour and can handle sheet formats as small as 550 x 550 mm and as large as 1630 x 1650 mm. Included in the Grupo Gondi purchase, as with the other equipment in the deal, is the training of the plant’s operators. Delivering such services is a cornerstone of the BOBST service offering and ensures high levels of local operating competences, optimal operational performance, and the highest possible productivity of the installed equipment.
In line with its agency agreement with Impack Packaging Equipment Design, BOBST will supply two of the Canadian company’s VIRTUO packing lines for Grupo Gondi’s new Nava plant. Particularly suited to packing medium to large runs of microflute, litho-laminated or heavy solid board cartons, the unit can handle a range of carton styles including straight line and 4/6 corner boxes, at speeds of up to eight cases per minute. Both lines will feature IN-3 Box Turners which can rotate the carton blanks by ninety degrees left or right, as required, or allow blanks to pass straight through the unit, when rotating is not required. One of the VIRTUO units being supplied to Grupo Gondi will incorporate a Case Feeder XL for large cases.
With volume sales of equipment for the printing and converting of folding carton, corrugated board, and flexible material packaging and of labels, BOBST holds a market leading position in Central America where its presence is backed by an extensive regional service team based in Mexico City.