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Volume 19, Number 3

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tobaccoasia 63 For more information please contact Heinrich Burghart GmbH The Burghart PENTAGON is a fully automated 20 port rotary smoking machine which was designed to smoke up to 400 cigarettes in accordance to both ISO 3308 and Canada Intense. It is equipped with two single piston pumps to allow smoking two cigarettes in parallel. The automated process of the PENTAGON includes: loading the cigarette holders; lighting the cigarettes; controlling the lighted cigarettes via a BLC sensor; changing of the Cambridge filters – capacity of the Cambridge filter magazine: 20 pieces. The complete operation is controlled by a touch screen PC. All measurement parameters and results are stored automatically and are available for printout as well as for further analysis. better by burghart ! • Unique lab equipment • Quality made in Germany • For more than 55 years Asian companies on one hand and PMI on the other. PMI's approach is almost diametrically op- posed to that of JTI LS and CTI-NA. It has no face-to-face contact with the grower. When CTI-NA announced its plan to move to Raleigh, it emphasized the importance of closeness to the producers. "It is better to be closer to the market and farmers," said Madam Zhanhua Liang, CTI-NA president. "We chose North Carolina due to its advantages [of proximity to growers]" JTI LS seemed to approach its establishment as something of a sociocultural crusade. Danville had traditionally been the center of the Virginia tobacco industry, but in recent years the industry had faded. "Th[is] company has revived the tobacco in- dustry in Danville with its processing facility," said Steve Daniels, JTI LS director and a Danville na- tive himself. "I feel an enormous sense of pride knowing that JTI has once again given this area such a strong tobacco presence." JTI LS has 50 full-time and 250 seasonal em- ployees, quite an addition to the workforce. JTI LS has direct contracts with more than 1,200 Ameri- can farmers in 6 states and is designed to process 85 million pounds of tobacco annually. The company has even built a handsome foun- tain on the city's main street to honor the legacy of tobacco as an economic force for Danville over a span of four centuries. There might be one advantage of leaving pur- chases to the dealers, which is that the company could buy just those grades that it wanted. When contracting directly, you would be bound to buy all the leaves from the plant. When PMI announced the new buying model, it went to some length to insist that the change would result in improved conditions for tobacco labor, particularly underaged workers. But this Getting behind the plow: flue-cured grower Michael Gregory plows his young tobacco in early June on his farm near Four Oaks, N.C., which is south of Raleigh on the western edge of the Coastal Plain.

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