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The journey of a paper machine:
Bellmer completes Move and Modernize Project for Surpapel-Group, Ecuador
For six years, the Ecuadorian Surpapel group has produced corrugated board packaging at its Incarpalm and Procarsa mills. In 2011 the Andean country exported 280 million boxes of bananas, which equates to about 330,000 to 350,000 tons of paper / year. The bulk of the raw paper required is imported from the United States and Canada. In order to be less dependent on imports and to increase competitiveness in the world market, Surpapel’s management decided in 2010 to build a paper mill in Guayas province in the canton of Duran. The investment amounted to $ 75 million. At the end of 2010 Bellmer received the order - against strong competition - to transfer a used paper machine from Monza in Italy to Ecuador thanks to its Spanish subsidiary Bellmer Ibérica. The Surpapelcorp site, which started operation in March 2012, produces testliner and fluting based on waste paper. Bellmer’s scope of supply included the mechanical and electrical dismantling of the paper machine in Monza, the demounting of the piping as well as the marking of all items for re-assembly. The dismantling of the shut down paper machine was undertaken jointly by specialists from Niefern and Spain. Bellmer was responsible for the overhaul of key components of the paper machine, which were transported from Monza to Bellmer’s headquarters in Niefern. Many of the new parts for the wire section were produced in Niefern. Installation supervision and support for the operation in Ecuador were carried out by Bellmer’s Spanish team. The customer praised Bellmer for its performance throughout this ambitious project, which was executed in record time. From the purchase of the machine in Italy to start-up in Ecuador took only 14 months. Geovanny Coellar, general manager of Procarsa and president of the Asociación Cartonera of Ecuador, said: “Thank you for a great team effort. It was a pleasure to work with Bellmer.”
Hernán Peña, project manager, commented: “Bellmer was, is, and will be a very important strategic partner for us. Without them this project would not have been possible.”
The paper machine in its new home
Smiles all ‘round at the inauguration