July 12, 2013
In June 2013, the Nigerian tissue producer Bel Papyrus Ltd, member of the Boulos Group Of Companies, started up their new Toscotec supplied complete tissue production line installed in Lagos (Nigeria).
The new Toscotec’s line, with an average production of 23,000 tons per year, includes AHEAD 1.5S crescent former tissue machine with single-layer headbox, single press configuration and a Steel Yankee Dryer (TT SYD 12FT), machine auxiliaries, stock preparation plant for virgin pulp and for recycled paper including deinking cells, 2-loop washer system and a hot dispersion system and the electrification starting from medium voltage cabinets and control system.
The supply contract also includes: Steam generator, air compressors, a three unwind stands tissue slitter rewinder TT WIND-P with a calendering station and a jumbo reel wrapping machine. The machine design speed is 1800 mpm with a net web width of 2850 mm. Toscotec has managed the project on EPC basis.
The new line, designed according to the best available technology, for tissue production, will allow the Nigerian producer to guarantee its own requirements for the existing converting facilities and to consolidate its leading position in the West African tissue market (ECOWAS countries) raising the company’s total production capacity above forty five thousand tons per year.
“Besides the long term and successful cooperation between our companies, the decisional factor for choosing once again Toscotec for this challenging project – said Mr. Riad Baloukji, Managing Director of Boulos Group of companies – was its vocation to provide “state of the art” equipment and realize complex “turn-key” projects worldwide.”
Toscotec is very pleased with the third consecutive order for major project received from Bel Papyrus. PM1 (a Sloped Wire machine) and PM2 (a MODULO Crescent former) were supplied in 1990 and 2004 respectively.
On top of the above, Toscotec is presently studying on site in Nigeria the layout of the paper mill number 4, expected to be of a capacity of 28,000 tons per year, and to start production in September 2015, which will further consolidate the position of the Group in the tissue supply for the whole West African market with a foreseen capacity of 75,000 MT per year.