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Thomas Schmid

Things are stirring at the multinationals as they’re gearing up to lead consumers into an era where smoke-free next-generation products will (perhaps) replace combustibles for good. But is it a realistic goal? more

Dec 1, 2017 8:00 PM Features

Just like most sectors in the tobacco industry, flavor suppliers feel the pinch. While pressure for continuous competitiveness and cost-efficiency is mounting, turnovers are plummeting. Yet the number of ongoing projects is increasing. more

Dec 1, 2017 9:00 AM Features

Polish Tobacco: Deserving of More Global Recognition

Courtesy of Lukowa Tobacco Company Sp. Jawna

Although one of Europe’s largest producers, Polish tobacco remains relatively obscure outside the continent – and despite its excellent quality. But EU, as well as Polish politics, might have something to do with that situation. more

Dec 1, 2017 7:00 AM Features

Regulators in the Asia-Pacific region certainly are presented with a great opportunity to support smoke-free products, but will they recognize and grab it? more

Dec 1, 2017 2:00 AM Features

Printing Machine Suppliers Unfazed by Plain Packaging Drive

Courtesy of Bobst Mex SA

The introduction of plain cigarette packaging in a number of countries has affected many tobacco industry players and suppliers to a smaller or larger extent. But how about the manufacturers of printing machinery? more

Sep 12, 2017 7:00 AM Features

Pest Control in Tobacco Warehousing

Courtesy of Detia Degesch GmbH

The dreaded cigarette beetle and similarly destructive tobacco moth can wreak havoc on storaged tobacco.Tobacco Asia takes an in-depth look at the two currently most commonly used pest control methods. more

Sep 12, 2017 6:00 AM Features

Packaging: It Couldn’t Be Any Plainer

Images courtesy of Imperial Brands Plc, left, and Japan Tobacco International, right

Plain packaging continues to rear its head with the United Kingdom being is the latest country to introduce it. But does plain packaging have the deterring effect regulators claim? more

Jul 10, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Tobacco is probably one of the most complicated products to be sorted due to often occurring color variations within single leaves themselves but also because of the sheer diversity of NTRM. more

Jul 10, 2017 12:00 AM Features

SEKE: Quality Leaf from Greece’s Largest Supplier

Image courtesy of S.E.K.E. S.A.

With multinationals comprising its by far largest customer segment, SEKE S.A. is today Greece’s top tobacco merchant by total volume and value, making the cooperative a poster child for Greece’s economic recovery. more

May 24, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Kavex: Supplying the World from Thessaloniki

Image courtesy of Nicos Gleoudis Kavex S.A.

Having managed to survive the economic upheaval that gripped Greece in recent years and saw the demise of many local tobacco merchants, Nicos Gleoudis Kavex S.A. has emerged as a stronger entity, selling its products on four continents. more

May 23, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Lumina Cigarette Tipping: A Stylish New Safety Feature

Image courtesy of Tannpapier GmbH, a subsidiary of Trierenberg Holdings

Cigarette manufacturers are always looking for effective ways to protect their products against counterfeiting. Innovative Austrian company TANNPAPIER’s ingenious “Lumina Tipping” technology not only achieves that. more

May 22, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Greek Leaf: Out of the Doldrums Yet?

Image courtesy of S.E.K.E. S.A.

The Balkan region has a long tradition of tobacco growing. Greece is no exception and is indeed one of the world’s foremost suppliers of oriental leaf. Nevertheless, the country’s growers and traders have experienced a veritable rollercoaster ride. more

May 22, 2017 12:00 AM Features

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One may adore, loathe, or just ignore buzz words like “industry 4.0”, “the internet of things”, or “smart computerization”, but one thing is for certain: the wheels are turning and the future is unstoppable. more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Features

In a region where RYO is uncommon, rolling paper sales remain sluggish compared with the rest of the world. International paper companies primarily concentrate on maintaining a brand presence, holding up their hopes that better times might arrive. more

May 12, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Taiwan: A Tough, Mature Market

Courtesy of Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation

When Taiwan’s state tobacco monopoly was abolished in 2002, competition between the local TTL Corp. and foreign tobacco companies started heating up. But a plethora of tough regulations make the country a difficult place to handle for everybody. more

Mar 10, 2017 8:52 PM Features

As counterfeiters of brand cigarettes are becoming increasingly skilled in perfecting the art of emulating cigarette packaging, TOBACCO ASIA explores what tobacco companies can do to stem the tide and how packaging manufacturers assist them. more

Mar 9, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Malawi: Premium Burley to the World

Courtesy of Premium Tama Tobacco Malawi Ltd.

Geographically relatively obscure, the African country of Malawi nevertheless has a global reputation for producing the finest burley leaf outside the US. TOBACCO ASIA talks to some of the main players. more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Features


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