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Voith Paper to Supply Copamex with Stock Preparation System for PM #5 Conversion in Mexico

Voith BlueLine stock preparation system When the new stock preparation system starts up in early 2019, Copamex's mill in Anahuac will output 260,000 metric tons of testliner and corrugated medium per year for use in containerboard production.

July 30, 2018 - Voith Paper North America recently reached a deal with Copamex of Monterrey, Mexico, for the installation of a BlueLine stock preparation system at their mill in Anahuac, which is being converted to drive Copamex's growth into the containerboard and packaging markets in Mexico.

Previously, Copamex focused on printing and writing grade paper, but the new BlueLine stock preparation system from Voith is a key step in their expansion plans. The system will utilize a variety of raw material including Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) and mixed waste.

“By partnering with Voith, we're working with the company that has the most knowledge in processing highly contaminated furnish, and this will assist us with successfully launching our growth in the containerboard and packaging markets in Mexico,” said Alonso González, CEO, Copamex.

As the a full-line supplier, Voith and MERI Environmental Solutions (a Voith company) will be providing Copamex with all of the elements of the stock preparation system, including reliable material handling with automatic wire cutting, reject compactors, sludge handling, water clarification and effluent treatment.

The project is also environmentally friendly as steps have been taken to limit energy and water consumption, as well as making waste management improvements.

When the new stock preparation system starts up in early 2019, the mill will output 260,000 metric tons of testliner and corrugated medium per year for use in containerboard production.

“Copamex is known for their quality, innovation and versatility. Earning their continued business speaks volumes about our relationship and our experience with this type of raw material,” said Michael Hmielewski, Vice President of Project Sales, Stock Preparation, Voith Paper North America.

About Copamex

Copamex, headquartered in Monterrey, is a leading paper manufacturer in Mexico with 90 years of experience. The company sells over 500,000 tons of paper and corrugating products per year in three paper mills (7 paper machines), and another 200,000 tons of containerboard products are manufactured per year at two corrugating plants. Copamex's ventures also include a chemical products plant, a flexible packaging plant and an Innovation Center for Paper Research and Development. Copamex is vertically integrated for the production of recycled fiber, containerboard and corrugated boxes. To learn more, please visit: www.copamex.com.

Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and a leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. To learn more, please visit www.voithpaper.com.

SOURCE: Voith GmbH