Toscotec to supply new rewinder line to Africaine paper mills

Belkacem Becharef, General Manager of Africaine Paper Mills. Photo: Toscotec

Toscotec will supply an OPTIMA 1800 slitter rewinder to Algerian tissue manufacturer Africaine Paper Mills (APM) at their production facility in Rouiba near Algiers. The start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024. 

Designed for high efficiency winding, the new OPTIMA 1800 slitter rewinder will process near 2,800 mm width parent reels using two unwind stands. Toscotec will also supply a complete service package with erection supervision, training, commissioning, and start-up assistance. 

Belkacem Becharef, General Manager of Africaine Paper Mills, says, “This new rewinder line represents a strategic investment for APM as it will resolve bottlenecks in our operations and support our growth in the MENA market. We are happy to begin a new cooperation with Toscotec, who is renowned for its state-of-the-art technology and expertise.”

Matteo Giorgio Marrano, Sales Manager at Toscotec, says: “We are confident that this project will be a stepping stone to establishing a close partnership with APM going forward. This OPTIMA rewinder will increase their production efficiency, preserve paper qualities during winding, as well as deliver maximum safety for their mill personnel.”

About Africaine Paper Mills (APM)
Established in 2019, APM is a leading manufacturer of tissue paper jumbo rolls in the MENA region. It produces various grades ranging from 13.5 to 40 gsm of tissue including facial, bath, and towel using 100% virgin fibres. APM has an annual production capacity 35,000 tons, which distributes in the Middle Eastern and North African market.