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Belarus sets cigarette production quotas for 2015

| January 7, 2015

The Belarusian government has set the quota for cigarettes produced for sale during 2015 on the domestic market at 30.0 billion pieces, the same quota as that of last year, according to a Belarusian Telegraph Agency report.

The Belgospishcheprom Group has been given a quota of 23.0 billion cigarettes, of which 18.9 billion are filtered products (Kronon, Magnat, Minsk, Premier, Fest, Credo, Matrix, NZ, Portal and Queen).

And Minsk (the joint venture Tabak Invest) has been granted a quota of 7.0 billion pieces, of which 1.4 billion are filtered (Korona and Fort).
The quotas can be adjusted during the year, but only by the government.

Turkish smokers hit with double price whammy

| January 7, 2015

Smokers in Turkey have been hit with a double whammy as some tobacco companies have taken the opportunity of a tax hike to increase their own prices, according to a story in the Daily Sabah.

Tobacco companies increased the tobacco prices on Monday in response to the tax increase, which came into effect on January 1.
And mostly they put prices up by TL0.50 a pack when the tax increase – from 82 percent to 83 percent – was TL0.40.

But it is the Turkish Finance Ministry that will make the highest profit from the increased prices.
Based on the level of cigarette sales in 2014, the ministry will collect nearly TL1.9 billion from the imposition of the new tax.

With the increases in place, the retail price of the cheapest cigarette on the Turkish market is TL5.00, while that of the most expensive product is TL10.50.

Chowdhury namedpartner at Keller and Heckman

| January 6, 2015

azim-chowdhuryE-cigarette expert Azim Chowdhury has been named partner in Keller and Heckman’s Washington DC law office. Chowdhury advises corporations in matters of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory

Specifically, he assists corporations in establishing clearances for food and drug additives in the U.S., Canada and the European Union, with an emphasis on indirect additives used in food-contact chemicals.

Chowdhury has extensive expertise in tobacco product regulation and spearheaded the FDA tobacco practice at Keller and Heckman. He represents tobacco and e-cigarette manufacturers, suppliers and trade associations in matters of FDA regulatory and corporate compliance.

Tobacco Board requires registration of marketers

| January 6, 2015

zambiaThe Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) says the marketing of tobacco in the 2014-2015 season will be restricted to registered growers.

Tobacco growers can register until Jan. 21, 2015 at TBZ’s head office in Lusaka and in Chipata, Choma, Kaoma, Kabwe and Mansa.

According to the Daily Mail, the decision is in accordance with the law on tobacco, which states that, “any grower or any person, organization or association who is bona fide to grow or intends to grow tobacco ought to be registered with TBZ.”

Domino invests in India

| January 6, 2015

domino india factoryDomino has opened a state-of-the-art factory in Manesar, India, dedicated to the manufacture of inks and printers for coding and marking. Replacing Domino’s two existing facilities, the new 4,050 square feet factory has been built to strict green building design specifications and will also include a warehouse and billing center. The new location will employ 35 people.

The factory was officially opened by Nigel Bond, Domino’s group managing director. Observing local customs, a coconut was cracked at the ceremony to bring health and success.

“I’m delighted to officially open our new India facility, which demonstrates Domino’s commitment to maintaining our market leader position,” said Bond. “The facility will have improved technologies and processes that will allow for a seamless approach, from manufacturing through to the final logistical stages.”

The factory is energy efficient and features increased natural light. It is currently awaiting accreditation from the Indian Green Building Council.


Delfort buys Glatz Vietnam

| January 6, 2015

Delfortgroup of Austria has acquired Glatz Finepaper Vietnam Co. from Glatz Feinpapiere. Glatz Finepaper Vietnam will be renamed Wattens Vietnam.

Built in 2009, the Vietnam paper mill is located close to Ho Chi Minh City and employs 200 people. It operates a dedicated state-of-the-art cigarette paper machine with an annual capacity of more than 13,000 tons premium cigarette and plugwrap papers.

In a press release, Delfortgroup said the acquisition would strengthen its position as a global leader in specialty papers and its manufacturing foothold in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We believe this transaction will accelerate our ability to seize on industry growth opportunities and deliver continued product innovation and consistent, highest quality customer service,” the company wrote.

“With our new mill in Vietnam, Delfortgroup will be even better positioned to navigate the evolving specialty papers industry, ensuring continued growth and the overall long-term success of our company.”

The Vietnam facility is Delfortgroup’s sixth paper mill and its first in Southeast Asia.

Headquartered in Germany, Glatz Feinpapiere will focus on its European operations.

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