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Sikora to succeed Stanikowski at ITM Poland

| November 1, 2013

Andrew Stanikowski will step down in March as CEO of International Tobacco Machinery Poland after leading the company for 22 years. He will continue in a nonexecutive role.

Stanikowski was instrumental in the creation of ITM Poland, which helped turn the ITM Group into a respected OEM and a leading innovator. Leszek Sikora will take over as CEO.

Sikora started in ITM Poland 1992 as an engineer. He occupied several positions before becoming a member of the ITM Poland Board in 2007. He is known in the industry as the father of many successful machines and projects.

“After 22 years of leading ITM Poland and making our company play a key role in ITM’s success, I have decided that the time has come to pass on my executive responsibility to the next generation,” said Stanikowski.

Arend van der Sluis, chairman of the ITM Group, expressed his gratitude to Stanikowski. “Andrew has truly become an ITM family member. In the past years, he has matured a nice group of people around him to make sure our company is ready for the next decades, as inevitably the time would come where one needs to think of life after work.

“When Andrew realized that this capable team was properly taking care of the heritage that he has co-created, he indicated that he wanted to pass on his responsibility to the next generation of people. We are very happy to keep Andrew close to us and to the industry in his advisory role.

“ITM Group is looking at a very bright future with many more new challenges that will see more great innovative solutions like Solaris, Isis, Delphini and our latest Saturn FIFO buffer. We are fully confident that Leszek and his team will to continue to build and develop our great company.”









New York City raises to 21 minimum tobacco-products purchase age

| November 1, 2013

New York City Council members have voted to raise the minimum age at which people can buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, according to a story by Cheryl K. Chumley for the Washington Times.

One hundred and eighty days after the mayor, Michael Bloomberg, signs the measure, which he is expected to do, the ban will go into effect.

At that time, those under 21 years of age will not be able to buy tobacco products or electronic cigarettes.

The measure will ban, too, discounts on tobacco products.

And it will increase the punishments that can be imposed on those found to be trying to evade tobacco-related taxes.

Chumley pointed out that while New York City isn’t the only city in the U.S. to ban sales of tobacco products to those under 21, it is the largest. Needham, Massachusetts, raised the minimum age to 21 eight years ago, and several other states and jurisdictions have set the minimum age at 19.

Ending proves this is no shaggy dog tale

| November 1, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s Czech operations have supported a competition to find the best sniffer dogs used by customs officials to detect illicit tobacco.

The contest, staged at the customs training centre in north Bohemia, involved dogs from Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and Slovenia, as well as Czech dogs.

The aim of the competition was to recognize the skills of the sniffer dogs and their handlers in the ongoing fight against the illicit trade.

“Around eight out of 10 seizures of illegal tobacco result from using trained sniffer dogs,” said Josef Dušánek, head of the dog section for Czech customs.

“So we’re grateful for the support of Imperial Tobacco in helping us to stage this international competition where dogs and handlers can pit their skills against each other.”

Photo: Kamil Provaznik, Imperial’s finance and CLA manager for Czech Republic and Slovakia (second left), meets with Josef Dušánek, with Czech customs dog handlers and their animals in attendance.

Universal to webcast 2Q conference call

| November 1, 2013

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call from 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 5 following the release of its second-quarter results after market close on that date.

The conference call, which will be available on a listen-only basis at, will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice president and treasurer.

A replay of the conference call will be available at the same address until Feb. 5, and a taped replay will also be available from 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 until Nov. 19 at (855) 859-2056. The telephone replay identification number is 92538183.

NDC appoints Patterson VP global customer care

| October 31, 2013

terriNDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Terry Patterson as vice president of global customer care for its sensors, systems and metals divisions. Patterson’s responsibilities involve managing NDC’s customer care division and for developing its various support products that are designed to maximize the return on investment for its customers.

Patterson has 25 years of experience in service management in higher education and companies such as NCR, AT&T, Northrop Grumman, Art Center College of Design and Rapiscan Systems. He holds both a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the University of Redlands in California, USA.


New logo BMJ

| October 31, 2013

bmjCigarette paper manufacturer BMJ has a new logo and slogan. The logo comprises a blue square and red letter type that appears to peel away in the left bottom corner. The square is meant to represent BMJ’s confidence and pursuit of perfection, according to BMJ CEO Omar Rahmanadi, while the peel effect symbolizes the company’s passion for unveiling new solutions. BMJ’s new slogan, “Eureka Everyday!” summarizes BMJ’s commitment to innovation. Alongside the new logo, BMJ will also be unveiling a new corporate website,


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