Tobacco Asia

Volume 20, Number 1

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tobaccoasia 19 • Double your resource value • Use 100% expanded fine- cut for MYO and RYO • Untouchable product quality • Impex – pressure/vacuum technology • DIET - Dry Ice Expansion Technology AircoDIET has supplied more than 55 DIET plants worldwide, many of which have been turn-key. We continuously develop and refine the DIET process and our DIET plants have above 95% uptime with a dry yield better than 98.5% through the plant. Over 100% tobacco expansion "TTM received Cabinet approval to allocate approximately THB15 billion for building the new facility and equipping it with cigarette production and printing and packaging machinery, as well as a logistics system, IT system, warehouse, and even staff accommodation," said Dr. Suttiniphapunt. The acquisition of machinery for the new TTM facility was divided into six contracts. The first contract was for tobacco primary processing machinery. Four contracts were for secondary process machinery, and the sixth contract was for ASRS – automated storage and retrieval system. "Originally our Cabinet-approved budget had allocated THB7 billion for the acquisition of machinery, but after some careful consideration we were able to reduce that amount by THB944 million. This does not include any cost reductions that may happen throughout the course of the e-auctions," explained Dr. Suttiniphapunt. "Before we wrote the TORs we sent members of our Board, who are specialists in production machinery, as well as members of our team, to visit various cigarette production factories in Asia and Europe to learn what types of machines are currently being used. Armed with that information we engaged a specialist to write the TORs, reviewed them, and had a prosecutor also review them. Then we started our e-auction." Dr. Daonoi Suttiniphapunt, managing director of TTM The new TTM facility in all its glory

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