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Smurfit Kappa invests $62m at Los Reyes Paper Mill in Mexico

Corrugated packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has invested $62m at its Los Reyes Paper Mill, north of Mexico City to boost production of high performance containerboard in the region.

The investment involved installation of new PM6 machine, which recently commenced operations to increase the energy efficiency of the facility.

The machine is designed to produce 100,000 tons of recycled containerboard annually to meet the growing needs in the packaging market.

Smurfit said that the machine has been installed to facilitate greater integration within the the firm’s converting plants.

The firm expects the high performance containerboard produced by the machine to strengthens its offering for the agricultural and electrical appliance sectors.

In addition to investment in PM6 machine, Smurfit has invested in the Mexican converting plant modernization project.

In 2015, Smurfit Kappa Mexico selected PMP for a Phoenix Concept rebuild of a reborn papermaking line in Los Reyes mill.

The project aims to boost the capacity of the mill by adding about 100, 000 t/a tones of high-strength corrugating medium to be converted in packaging boxes for various industrial use.

Additionally, PMP was responsible for the installation of new PM6 with a operating speed 800 m/min.

Recently, Smurfit Kappa said it has produced 150th automatic Bag-in-Box filling line machine for the liquid and semi-liquid industry.

The automatic web filling machines feature advanced technologies, including filling valve with separate vacuum and nitrogen circuits that reduce the oxygen pickup during filling.

Image: A containerboard for packaging. Photo: courtesy of Gualberto107/