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Purwanto joins TSAL as technical sales manager

| September 14, 2015

Tobacco Solutions Asia Limited (TSAL), an engineering solutions firm that has designed and developed some of the world’s smallest tobacco processing equipment, has appointed Arif Purwanto to the newly created position of technical sales manager for the Indonesian region, effective Oct. 1. Purwanto will assist the TSAL team in marketing TSAL products and services to a target portfolio of cigarette manufacturing factories in Indonesia. He will report to group CEO Dr. Iqbal Lambat and operate out of the FELI Denpasar Bali office in Indonesia.

Purwanto has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Sunan Giri University Surabaya. He has over 17 years of experience in machining and engineering, including four years spent heading up G.D Italy’s QA Equipment strategy in Indonesia. Purwanto is of Indonesian nationality and fluent in both Bahasa and English.

New industry consultancy

| July 4, 2013

A new consultancy has joined the tobacco industry—Tobacco Solutions Asia Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong, and with support offices in South Africa, Bulgaria and Turkey, TSAL offers services relating to tobacco cultivation, green-leaf threshing, primary processing, cigarette design and cigarette processing.

TSAL’s team of consultants have a combined experience of more than 100 years in the tobacco sector, working with leading manufacturers such as Philip Morris International, JTI and Hauni Maschinenbau.

The company’s four pillars are management consulting, technical consulting, equipment sales and agricultural products.

The company is working on several projects in Africa and will increasingly be partnering with Asian service and equipment providers.

TSAL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Star Tobacco International.

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