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Italy's Recard to Supply 115-Tonne/day Tissue Machine to Azur Papier in Tunis, Tunisia

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A growing, strengthened relationship between Recard and Azur Papier, a subsidiary of Lilas SAH (Société d’Articles Hygiéniques) headquartered in Tunis, has led to Azur choosing Lucca-based Recard to enhance its production capacity. 

The supply entails a turnkey plant, with two virgin fiber stock preparation lines, a feeding unit, two rewinders and ancillary equipment, and is earmarked for the Zriba facility, 60 km south of Tunis, with startup scheduled by the end of 2018. PM 2 will have a production capacity of 115 tonnes/day, a working speed of 1,800 m/min and a net sheet width of 2,750 mm. The new plant can run using the two stock prep lines and the Kadant deinking system currently feeding PM 1, the first Recard machine supplied, running at 1,500 m/min and producing 80 tonnes/day.

"And it was actually the results obtained with PM 1 together with the efficient assistance service and the optimal inter-personal relationship with Recard," underscores Jalila Mezni, president, CEO and majority shareholder of Lilas SAH – featured by Forbes in 2015 among the 100 most influential women in the Arab world – "that naturally led us to choose the company again for PM 2. Recard’s corporate dimensions are a guarantee and a certainty that we will be considered special customers and not merely a number."

Created in 2009, Azur Papier began producing in 2013. Before the supply of PM 1, its activity was exclusively focused on converting. Thanks to the trust placed in Recard, it decided to also move into the realm of production with a view towards strengthening the group’s independence as far as tissue supply is concerned.


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