Hanover, Germany – Algeria’s first tire plant reached the “industrialisation phase,” just ahead of commercial production, according to project support firm Black Donuts Engineering.
Based in in Sétif, 300km east of Algiers, the plant has a production capacity of 2 million passenger car tires a year and came on-stream 21 Feb, said Kai Hauvala, founder of Finland-based Black Donuts.
“Every tire must be tested first and will come to production one by one,” Hauvala pointed out.
Algerian consumer electronics and household appliances group Saterex is the owner of the plant, and tires from the facility will go to market under its Iris brand.
Finnish automation specialist Cimcorp Oy supplied its Dream Factory concept to the plant, covering both materials handling and software supply for the plant.
The new facility was originally expected to operational by spring 2018.
It will be the first tire plant to operate in Algeria since Michelin Group closed its production site in the capital in 2013.