Cimcorp has received a major order from consumer electronics and household appliance group Saterex, which is developing its first ever tire plant in Algeria in North Africa. The company’s latest solutions will be installed at the factory in Sétif, 300km east of Algiers, and provide automated logistics.
Operations at the plant are due to come on stream by spring 2018 with a production of one million passenger car radial tires in the first year, and two million units of both PCR and truck and bus tires in the second year.
Yacine Guidoum, MD of Saterex, said, “With this being a greenfield site we had the opportunity to design the most efficient factory from scratch. This is why we have chosen robotic automation from Cimcorp – we wanted the best logistics technology currently available for our new plant.
“The area around Sétif is undergoing significant economic growth across a number of sectors, including the automotive industry. The Algerian market consumes more than seven million tires a year and the products currently imported are generally of poor quality.
“As well as producing locally-branded tires to meet Algerian demand, we will be exporting about a third of our output to European and African markets.”
Cimcorp will supply automated handling systems from its Dream Factory solution for both upstream and downstream manufacturing processes at the Sétif plant. This means automated handling from the raw materials and compound warehouse to the mixing and compounding areas, as well as handling automation for green tires from tire building to curing, and finished tire handling in the testing and palletizing areas.
July 5, 2017