WILLICH, Germany, Nov. 8, 2014 (Press Release) -Sunday 19th October 2014 saw the successful launch of the new Tunisie Ouate Paper Mill, located in the north eastern Tunisian town of Enfidha. Tunisie Ouate is Tunisia's largest tissue manufacturer and this latest development resulted from close collaboration between Tunisie Ouate and GapCon. The introduction of GapCon's state of the art production process ensured that saleable, high quality jumbo rolls were continuously produced from the start, with 96% of design capacity being attained within the first few days while maintaining required quality levels.
At the heart of this new venture is the GapCon EconSOFTTM tissue machine. This market leading machine was supplied by GapCon on a turn-key basis where-by the installation, commissioning, running assessment and site integration of the machine was carried out and supervised by GapCon's team of highly specialized and experienced engineers and technicians. This comprehensive and integrated package meant that the aforementioned seamless and efficient start-up was readily achievable. The GapCon EconSOFTTM is at the cutting edge of tissue production technology, displaying a substantial step forward in terms of energy efficiency while setting new quality standards for the tissue industry.
TUNISIE OUATE was founded in 1982 by Mr. Abdelaziz KOOLI, making a pioneering decision to strive to be the leading producer of paper in Tunisia and the Maghreb. In order to meet the growing market demand for high quality tissue paper, TUNISIE OUATE currently has an annual capacity of 45 000 tons, produced by 3 machines of the most advanced technology, the latest of which is the GAPCON EconSOFTTM tissue machine. Additionally 2 de-inking plants contribute to the conversion of waste paper into commercial tissue of superior quality. TUNISIE OUATE is a major supplier for several markets all over the world, though especially in Africa and Europe.
The entire integrated project includes a Tissue machine with a 70 tpd capacity, boasting an operating speed of 1,500 m/min, paper trim width of 2,750mm, with a Crescent Former (EconFORMERTM), a 12ft diameter Steel Yankee (EconDRYTM), a fully automated Reel (EconREELTM), and high efficiency gas hood, steam, condensate and vacuum systems. A fully automated 3-ply Winder (EconWINTM), with a wrapping machine for finished jumbo rolls was also supplied as part of the project. Other aspects of the project scope of supply are the Stock preparation from Pulp, the provision of a fresh water treatment system with reverse osmosis, and the installation of a steam boiler house, and adequate overhead cranes. In addition the compressed air system was devised, installed and commissioned.
The project concluded with a comprehensive Mill electrification programme covering not only the key areas such as MV cabinets, transformers, PCC, MCC, variable speed drives, AC motors, cables and trays, but also the DCS and QCS.
Mr. Abdelaziz KOOLI said: "It was a challenge for us, but the result is a successful collaboration between the team of TUNISIE OUATE and the team of GAPCON. We are satisfied, we trusted the technology and the engineering of GAPCON, the machine was delivered on time, the start-up was a success and the tissue quality is superior."