Toscotec delivers a press section rebuild to ETAP in Egypt

Toscotec delivers a press section rebuild to ETAP in Egypt
ETAP and Toscotec teams during the start-up of PM2 at ETAP mill in Egypt: (from left to right) Marco Del Chiaro, Project Manager Toscotec; Vedran Simic, Mechanical Supervisor Toscotec; Mohamed Ashour, Managing Director ETAP; Sameh Habib, CEO Chemitex Egypt for Trading & Agencies; Luca Nesi, Design Engineer Toscotec; Flavio Biondi, Automation Supervisor.

Egyptian linerboard manufacturer ETAP started up PM2 at its Borg Elarab mill, following a press section rebuild successfully carried out by Toscotec. PM2 produces testliner, kraftliner, top kraftliner and white top in the range from 125 to 240 gsm. In 2018, the machine had already been modified by Toscotec who entirely rebuilt its Fourdrinier wire section in stainless steel.

Toscotec successfully replaced an existing plain press in the first part of PM2’s press section with a new bi-nip concept press, which has achieved a two-fold target. First, the increase of post-press dryness; and second, an efficiency increase of the entire press section through a substantial reduction of paper breaks.

Mohamed Ashour, Managing Director at ETAP, says: “On our second major rebuild with Toscotec, we are once again very satisfied with their ability to effectively manage the project from inception to completion. ETAP has increased its production capacity taking advantage of Toscotec’s advanced technology.”

“ETAP is an important customer for Toscotec in Egypt and in the Middle Eastern market” comments Enrico Fazio, Sales Director Paper & Board division Toscotec. “We had a very positive cooperation four years ago, and we are very satisfied to carry on our collaboration with this project and to continue supporting them with Toscotec’s expert services in the future.”

Sameh Habib, CEO at Chemitex Egypt for Trading & Agencies S.A.E., says, “The partnership with ETAP has been successful for over two decades and we are very proud to contribute again to ETAP’s growth by successfully landing their latest rebuild in collaboration with Toscotec. We look forward to more success with upcoming projects.”

About ETAP

Established in 1990, ETAP is a family business that has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers of high quality linerboard in Egypt. Its production facility is located in Borg Elarab, Alexandria, where it operates two paper machines with an annual production capacity of approximately 120,000 tpy. Their product range includes top kraftliner and testliner1 that are distributed in the local and export markets. 

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