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Thomas Schmid

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. more

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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. 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. more

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

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India is one of the leading tobacco producers and exporters in South Asia – and with a huge variety of tobaccos to boost. Tobacco Asia’s Thomas Schmid picks the brains of some of the key players. more

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DIET and Recon to the Fore!

Courtesy of AircoDIET A/S

Dry ice-expanded tobacco (DIET) and reconstituted tobacco have become indispensable components in a wide range of products, from cigarettes to MYO tobacco and even cigars and cigarillos. Tobacco Asia talks to two of the most important suppliers. more

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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

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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

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From the Associate editor

Marketing 101

There is no industry more regulated than the tobacco industry, and this extends to its marketing. But, do basic marketing concepts differ much between tobacco and any other product?

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