India is PMD and GLT Equipment Manufacturer
By Heneage Mitchell
Dickinson Fowler (DF) is an Indian manufacturer of high quality, good value tobacco processing equipment whose products can be found in primary and green leaf processing plants throughout Asia and beyond. Formed in 1965 as John Fowler India Ltd., the company was originally focused on manufacturing tobacco and tea machinery and road construction equipment. Latterly it concentrated on tea and tobacco machinery only.
In 1998, the company entered into a 50/50 joint venture agreement with Dickinson Legg of UK which is presently a subsidiary of Garbuio S.p.a. Italy. The group commands over 50% market share of the global PMD (primary manufacturing department) segment. Dickinson Fowler is a direct descendant of Legg, which was founded in 1886, and claims to be the oldest surviving company in the tobacco industry (together with Tobacco Asia’s sister publication Tobacco International which was also founded in 1886...Ed)