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Thomas Schmid

As part of our continuing series on independent leaf suppliers we are introducing a Hong Kong-based company that has spread its wings around the globe and a Zimbabwean start-up attempting its first successful baby steps. Read more

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Something to Spare

Courtesy of HSI Tobacco Service & Spare-Parts GmbH

Whether new or obsolete tobacco machinery, they are all subject to considerable wear and tear. Spare part suppliers thus provide a crucial – indeed indispensable - service to keep lines running and prevent expensive production downtimes. Read more

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Draconic and rigid regulations, anti-tobacco lobbying, high production costs, and a host of other factors give German and French tobacco farmers headaches. Tobacco Asia talks to grower associations from both countries about their worries. Read more

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ITSA: Some Beef with TPD2

Courtesy of ITSA

The International Tax Stamp Association is warning that the EU’s TPD2 may not be compatible with the WHO’s FCTC as far as T&T requirements are concerned and that some adjustments may be sorely needed. Read more

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Star Agritech: Reaching for the Stars

Star Corporation

After rebranding its flagship company Star Tobacco International into Star Agritech International, the Star Corporation group of companies harbors quite exciting plans. Tobacco Asia talked to some of its executives to see where it is headed. Read more

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Forwarding and warehousing are two of the most important aspects to ensure a smooth production flow in the tobacco industry. Tobacco Asia picks the brains of some providers. Read more

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Conquering Counterfeiting with Security Printing

Florian Grunt

Counterfeited cigarettes have become an increasingly serious problem in many markets and cigarette manufacturers can protect their brands through various security printing solutions. Tobacco Asia looks at some remarkable options. Read more

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Flavoring industry veteran Eduardo Berea of Alternative Ingredients, and Polish company Chemnovatic fill in Tobacco Asia on the workings of nicotine manufacturers supplying the e-juice industry. Read more

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The Levant, and by extension also Iraq, is quite a rollercoaster ride when it comes to cigarette marketing;  but a ride that suppliers are willing to take. Tobacco Asia talked to active players in the region. Read more

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The United Arab Emirates is host to quite a few cigarette manufacturers that are becoming increasingly active global players. But one of them, BMJ Industries, has chosen a particularly challenging turf shunned by many others: the Near East. Read more

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The United States’ FDA is set to eventually enact a new rule requiring all cigarettes sold in the country to have “minimally or non-addictive” nicotine levels. Read more

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With Bangladesh’s tobacco production ever increasing, the commodity contributes a sizeable portion of the world’s supplies. Tobacco Asia takes a look at the country’s industry and talks to two of the main players. Read more

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18i3_Iran_in_Focus

Courtesy of Parsian Tobacco AFZ

Iran is by far the largest cigarette market in the entire Middle East. Following the former state tobacco monopoly’s privatization, the ongoing economic liberalization has increasingly attracted foreign investment. Tobacco Asia takes a closer look. Read more

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The UAE is home to a surprisingly large number of both international and local cigarette companies. But what makes the country such an enticing base? A couple of major operators share their thoughts with Tobacco Asia. Read more

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Intercontinental Tobacco Company, part of the Indian conglomerate BBM Group, expands operations. Read more

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NewCo: Independent with a Passion

Courtesy of NewCo

With no tobacco stocks of its own to speak of, independent supplier NewCo nevertheless enjoys tremendous respect in the industry as a transparent and reliable facilitator and mediator that brings together sellers and buyers from around the globe. Read more

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Defect Detection in Cigarette Manufacturing

Courtesy of Moisttech Vision

Cigarette making machinery - or its human operators – can be fickle. During any production run, a number of sticks will invariably sustain defects. But detection technology helps to identify and eject faulty product before it can reach the market. Read more

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Chasing the CAT Out: Alternative Cigarette Filter Materials

Courtesy of McAirlaids Vliesstoffe GmbH

Cellulose acetate tow (CAT) has been around for decades despite its notoriously bad biodegradability properties. But environmentally friendly filter materials are forcefully pushing onto the scene and just might give CAT a run for its money. Read more

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The market for e-liquids is highly competitive while increasingly restrictive regulations in many countries heat up the battle even further. Only intuitive ideas and smart innovation help players survive in this difficult environment. Read more

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In a rare exclusive interview, Thailand Tobacco Monopoly’s managing director Daonoi Suttiniphapunt grants Tobacco Asia some insights into the organization’s future plans and the manifold challenges that lie ahead for the state-owned outfit. Read more

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From the Associate editor

Isn't it Time for Transparency and Dialogue?

From settling disagreements between siblings to negotiating treaties on an international level, transparent dialogue is encouraged. But is seems that isn't always the case.

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