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  • 16 Nov 2018

GEPP and Amut collaborate in Mexico

The deal includes three co-ex lines for blown PE shrink film, a cast line for stretch film and a slitting machine

Proplasa, a producer of shrink and stretch film for parent company Grupo GEPP, a Mexican bottling company, has installed flexible packaging machines from Italian manufacturer Amut.

The deal includes three co-ex lines for blown PE shrink film, one cast line for stretch film, one slitting machine, a system for the recovery of flawed rolls, chiller, piping for water distribution plus an intensive training program for GEPP technicians.

‘For two years GEPP has been considering to start its own internal production of shrink and stretch film in order to optimize packaging costs for all its dedicated plants around Mexico,’ said Geronimo Rotundo, director of Proplasa.

‘The aim of the project is to produce more than 14,000 tons a year of shrink film and more than 4,500 tons a year of stretch film. We needed to find a partner with a strong knowledge on both blown and cast technology, capable to supply Grupo GEPP with state of the art solutions to achieve this strategic goal. We made up our mind for Amut Group.’

With the Amut machines, GEPP will produce shrink and wrapping films for beverage items in order to bundle them. 

‘We’ve been asked to supply a turnkey project to GEPP, including a local support for the installation, training and after sales service in the area of Mexico City,’ said Alberto Rincón, sales manager for Latin America area. 

Since 2011, GEPP is one of the largest bottling operations in Mexico and it is the exclusive partner for PepsiCo’s Mexican branch. GEPP has its own water brand, Epura, and collaborates also with other important brands such as Gatorade, Lipton and 7Up, Cosecha Pura, Squirt and Garci Crespo among others. 

The three blown extrusion lines are identical and each one has a three-layer shrink PE film configuration, net width of 2,400mm and capacity of 800kg/h with 50μ of thickness. The latest generation of ‘rising type’ automatic ring performs precise thickness control with low tolerance. 

The cast line will produce five-layer stretch film with net width of 1,500mm. The line is based on four extruders with water-cooled drives and the Prowind 4.0 winder (speed up to 1,000m/min) suitable for hand, machines and jumbo rolls. 

The slitting machine – BVR model – has independent arms and reaches speeds of up to 900m/min. 

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