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Propasa begins producing coated recycled board with Voith equipment at Mexico mill

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Propasa begins producing coated recycled board with Voith equipment at Mexico mill

August 12, 2013 - 07:27

HEIDENHEIM, Germany, Aug. 12, 2013 (Press Release) - Mexican board producer Propasa aimed to increase production by up to 25% to manufacture nearly 500 metric tons of board per day, as well as to improve the final quality of its product, so it chose Voith to rebuild its PM 3.

The project's first part included the supply of a MasterJet Pro F/B headbox with ModuleJet II dilution control as well as the rebuild of the forming section including a DuoShake that allows for greater homogeneity in the paper web formation. Furthermore, the reel and winder were modernized. In a second step, the dryer section was rebuilt.

Propasa also utilized Voith's basic engineering services for the steam and condensate, lubrication, ventilation and vacuum systems.

Shortly after start-up, the machine was producing saleable paper and there was a visible improvement in product quality. With this outcome, the company has taken an important step towards consolidating the group's growth in highly competitive markets such as Mexico and the USA.

The project's second phase was completed in July 2013 when two dryer sections were added to the machine, thereby increasing the machine's speed.

Productora de Papel, SA de CV (Propasa) is a Mexican company that has been operating for more than 70 years, dedicated to the production of coated cardboard and liner, corrugated medium and white top liner. In recent years the company has expanded its production capacity with sales to markets in Mexico, USA and Central America. Through innovation and continuous improvement of its processes, Propasa has established itself as a leader in quality standards.

Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs almost 42,000 people, generates € 5.7 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe.