Less than a year after signing a seven-machine deal for its new, greenfield 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 deal includes the installation of Grupo Gondi’s second BOBST F&K 90SIX high-performance, CI-flexo press for preprinted linerboard and coated boxboard applications, a BOBST Asitrade VISIONFLUTE litho-laminator dry end, a BOBST EXPERTCUT 145 PER large-format diecutter, 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, showing off 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 preprint presses within its 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 Nava greenfield site, 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 expansion plans for the new state-of-the-art, greenfield facility near Piedras Negra in the north of Mexico. This plant is geared toward serving the substantial beer industry of the area and will be completed by the end of 2016.
Grupo Gondi CEO Eduardo Posada says, “We continue to invest in cutting-edge technology 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 preprint market, and the line at Nava will go into production in the second half of 2016. Featuring repeats of up to 2,060 mm and running at speeds of up to 500 mpm, 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 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 preprint 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.