Toscotec will supply to linerboard manufacturer ETAP a technological rebuild of PM2’s press section at their Borg Elarab paper mill, near Alexandria in Egypt. The paper machine has a sheet trim width of 2,520 mm and it manufactures testliner and kraftliner in the range from 125 to 240 gsm. This is a repeat order for Toscotec, who in 2018 had completely rebuilt in stainless steel the Fourdrinier wire section of PM2.
This new order includes the supply of the new bi-nip concept that will replace an existing plain press installed in the first part of PM2’s press section. The bi-nip configuration will deliver twofold benefits: an increase in the post-press dryness rate of the paper machine and an increase in the press section efficiency by significantly reducing paper breaks.
Mohamed Ashour, Managing Director of ETAP, says: “With this new rebuild project, we aim to step up our production taking advantage of Toscotec’s advanced technology. Based on the fruitful cooperation we had with Toscotec in the past, we are confident in the positive outcome of this investment.”
Enrico Fazio, Sales Director of Toscotec’s Paper & Board division, says: “Toscotec is glad to have the opportunity of cooperating again with ETAP, who is a key customer in the Egyptian market and the Middle East at large. We are very satisfied to continue the fruitful cooperation we have established three years ago. We are confident that selecting a supplier of advanced technology such as Toscotec will be rewarding for their growth strategy in the market.”
Sameh Habib, CEO at Chemitex Egypt for Trading & Agencies, says: “We are delighted to work again with an important paper producer such as ETAP who is very well positioned in the Egyptian market.”
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, for an annual production capacity of approximately 120,000 tpy. The product range includes top kraftliner and testliner1 that are distributed in the local and export markets.