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Altria and PMI end merger talks

24 Oct 2019. Altria Group and Philip Morris International (PMI) have announced that they have ended merger discussions after a month of talks. This news came after Juul Lab’s CEO, Kevin Burns announced that he would be stepping down from his position to be immediately replaced by K.C. Crosthwaite, senior vice president, chief strategy and growth officer of Altria.
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GLS expands testing capabilities

24 Oct 2019. 2019 has been a busy year for Global Laboratory Services (GLS). TJI spoke with Kimberly Hesse, business development manager at GLS, about current challenges and the company‘s new expansion into hemp testing.
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JTI invests Millions in ITs Serbian plant

24 Oct 2019. As part of its ongoing effort to boost the production capabilities of its European plants, Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has invested some USD 3 million to expand the manufacturing ‧capacity of its factory in Senta, Serbia, by launching a new cigarette production line.
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Hauni’s new makers increase efficiency

24 Oct 2019. Hauni is a household name in tobacco manufacturing. For fourteen years, the Hamburg-based company’s PROTOS-M series of cigarette makers has offered customers reliability, investment security and flexibility on the factory floor. Now, with more than 300 machines sold, a new generation of the PROTOS-M maker has been launched and Hauni says it provides an even higher level of efficiency.
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Dresden adds f6 to bygone tobacco eras

24 Oct 2019. Philip Morris Germany no longer produces the f6 cigarette in Dresden and Europe’s new track & trace protocol has officially taken the blame. F6 gained cult status in a reunified Germany as an authentic product hailing from the fallen eastern bloc. The brand now joins a 62-metre high oriental dome and other industrial gems in defining Dresden’s rich history of cigarette making.
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Uproar in Lesotho

24 Oct 2019. Lesotho, one of the Southern African countries with tobacco manufacturing capacity, is proposing to impose a punitive 30 per cent levy on all tobacco products in the new financial year. The mountainous landlocked kingdom that is encircled by South Africa seeks to expand its national revenue base, writes TJI correspondent Shem Oirere.
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Stormy times for Juul

24 Oct 2019. The US-American e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs has been the subject of criticism for some time because of dubious methods in marketing its e-cigarettes. Now, Juul has announced that there will be personnel changes. Also advertisements for their products were stopped. And, in Germany, Juul had substantial market restrictions imposed on it recently.
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Mastering new challenges

24 Oct 2019. It may be their job to create machines that ensure that tobacco and nicotine products hold up under the severest scrutiny, but makers of quality control and testing equipment are not immune from external pressures. TJI spoke to sorting solution specialist TOMRA, metrology equipment manufacturer Borgwaldt KC and supplier of biological test systems Vitrocell to find out how QC companies are coping with the challenges presented by the ever-evolving product landscape – not to mention a volatile political environment.
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