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The sector´s strengths

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Emergence of Engineered Plastics

Manufacture of technical parts is developing at a very rapid pace in Tunisia.

Having started in Tunisia in the early 2000s with an activity of outsourcing, the industry stands today as an emerging activity of which development is linked to the dynamic mechanical and electrical industries and those of agribusiness.

About 60 companies operate in the niche market of engineering plastics employing about 6000 people. They are specializing in various fields:

  • injection,

  • extrusion,

  • blowing,

  • rotational molding and thermoforming…

Because of the strong development of engineered plastics, companies operating in industrial plastics are increasingly committed to the quality approach (ISO 9000 v 2000 or TS 16949 certifications).

The effort towards certification is real and encouraging results were obtained. Manufacturers, under the pressure of outsourcer, easily follow this path as they are supported by the government through, inter alia Upgrade programs.

Plastics Industry in Tunisia: Reliability and Competitiveness

Tunisia is known for its reliability in outsourcing of small or average- sized technical parts which can be:

  • Be delivered offshore to first rank subcontractors located in the country which in turn provide major clients,

  • Exported outside the country without transportation costs undermining their competitiveness.

Tunisian entrepreneurs, who work for export, are familiar with frequently heavy workloads at working at a sustained pace while ensuring the quality of their products.

The close relationship with the EU, efficient infrastructures and logistics respond positively to the requirements of heavy workloads.

The factors that contributed to acquiring and keeping permanent competitive advantages mainly result from the following:

  • Optimized use of available resources,

  • Access to a higher level of technology, and therefore to an offer of differentiated and technically more sophisticated products,

  • Introduction of efficient management methods,

  • Modernization of production equipment.

In terms of human resources, the Tunisian plastics industry makes the necessary efforts to perform according to the best practices. It hence features a growing capacity to fully command complex production processes of plastic products.

The Technical Centre for Chemistry

Created two decades ago, the Technical Centre for Chemistry (Centre Technique de la Chimie -CTC) is an important support institution for companies operating in plastics industry.

The main mission of the Technical Centre for Chemistry is the assistance for the modernization of industrial production methods, technological improvement and quality control. Supported by several partners in the field of plastics, both national and international such as the Training Centre of the Plastics Industry, the CTC, associated with the implementation of the upgrade program contributes upstream in the realization of diagnostic studies aimed at defining the strategic choices and the required tangible and intangible resources as well as downstream to monitor the agreed actions.

Under this mission, its experts evaluate the current situation of the company and identify areas for improvement in terms of technology, organization, environment protection and safety..

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