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Filtrona gears up to market trends by implementing global machine strategy

| November 9, 2012

Filtrona Filter Products has implemented a global machine strategy to optimise its machine technologies through upgrades and investment in new state-of-the-art machinery.

The global strategy has been introduced following a comprehensive analysis of market trends and a review of the company’s machine technologies, encompassing hundreds of machines across nine production sites.

“In an increasingly dynamic market, it is essential that we have the production capabilities and capacity to not only meet the current needs of our customers but also their future requirements,” said global operations director, Martin Dudley.

‘In recent years, the tobacco market has seen an increased focus on quality which has led many customers to tighten their quality and functional tolerances,’ the company said in a press note.

‘This trend is set to continue alongside a move towards smaller quantity orders across a wider range of specifications…

‘As part of the strategy, Filtrona has enhanced its capability to produce innovative special filters by investing in a number of leading machine technologies. It has also implemented a programme to upgrade existing machines, where specifications require it, with modern high-speed machines featuring enhanced automation and process control.

‘New machinery recently introduced covers the production of conventional, dual and innovatively designed filters, including high-speed flexible dual and triple combining machines, high-speed machinery for Sensation™ filters, new machinery to produce special filters (including Shaped Acetate & ROA), and state-of-the-art on-line filter rod quality inspection equipment.’

The global machine strategy builds on the foundations of Filtrona’s continuous improvement programme, which was introduced in 2005 to encourage employees to submit improvement suggestions and share best-practice techniques.

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