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46 tobaccoasia TOBACCO MANUFACTURING 制造新闻 Kenya Cigarette orders up profits Due to higher earnings from contracts to manufacture cigarettes for other companies, British American Tobacco Kenya (BAT Kenya) showed a 14% increase in first-half profit to 2.56 billion shillings (US$29.22 million) before tax. The company said gross turnover rose 11% to 16.85 billion shillings largely thanks to an increase in the manufacturing orders. BAT Kenya is a unit of London-listed British American Tobacco. It makes both its own-brand cigarettes and cigarettes for other companies. The majority of its manufacturing con- tracts are signed with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During the period, the company spent 500 million shillings to expand capacity at its factory in the capital city of Nairobi so that it would be able to handle the extra orders. BAT Kenya says its earnings per share rose from 15.66 shillings to 17.93 shillings. Europe Case Trace from Imperial Imperial Tobacco has rolled out its Case Trace tracking security technology in four more European factories and six markets in order to deal a blow to illicit tobacco trade. A cross-functional project team consisting of Group IS, global engineering and supply chain, as well as factory and market teams, spent two years perfecting the technology. Markets can now use Case Trace to track bulk supplies to customers and identify any shipments that fall outside the legitimate supply chain. Such information can be used as evidence for authorities to seize illegal products. "The coding and tracking project managers have done a fantastic job in driving this work but they couldn't have done so without the efforts of hundreds of others all working together," said Olaf Huderitz, head of supply chain services and project sponsor. Case Trace is now operational in 11 factories, covering 13 EU markets. The next phase will see it rolled out in Germany and global duty free. Indonesia Amcor plans plant in Indonesia Amcor Tobacco Packaging, a global leader in packaging solutions, recently revealed its plans to build a new tobacco packaging plant in Indonesia. The East Java production facility is expected to be fully operational by late 2015. "Amcor will be the first international tobacco packaging player to establish a manufacturing presence in Indonesia, bringing new jobs, technology, and innovation to the country. This move underscores Amcor's long-term commitment to grow with its customers – especially in emerging markets – and to contribute to the Indonesian economy," said Peter Koniec- zny, Amcor tobacco packaging president, when announcing the plant. In addition to serving the Indonesian market, the new plant will also cater to export markets, offering in-line flatbed, rotary gravure, and off-line capabilities to customers all over Asia. Over the last three years Amcor has grown its market share in Indonesia by supplying packaging from the company's existing sites across Asia, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and South Korea. Indonesia is the third largest tobacco market in the world, and the second largest market in Asia, with tobacco cartons predominately supplied by in-house printers. France/Japan Offset moves to Tsukuba Komori-Chambon, a well-known supplier of offset printing, rotogravure or mixed processes on paper, cardboard or substrates for the tobacco packaging market, has announced its plans to move the Komori-Chambon offset press manufacturing division to Komori's state-of-the-art Tsukuba factory in Japan. This decision will strengthen Komori-Chambon's available resources in France with regard to other Komori-Chambon tailor-made offers such as gravure lines for tobacco packaging, flexible packaging and labels, special flexo units, and convert- ing on- or offline systems (rotary dies, dedicated stackers, label cutters). Komori-Chambon factory will focus on these activities to increase its production capacities and further develop its know-how. Komori-Chambon will continue to be in charge of engineering (spare parts, modification/upgrade supply, existing lines services) and commercialization of the full range of products all over the world. This collaboration will promote

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