A proud heritage


Robert Legg was founded in London in 1849 and was originally established as a general engineering company. It became involved in the Primary tobacco industry during the 1870’s manufacturing presses and cutters. Legg’s progressed over the next 80 years to lead the market in tobacco processing equipment, and was acquired by the American based AMF in 1960. In 1853 Robert Legg invented a new type of cutting machine which was mechanically operated. This was the first step taken in the tobacco industry towards automation.

In 1969, the then Managing Director of AMF Legg, Bill Dickinson, decided to set up his own company to provide a similar range of equipment and services to the tobacco industry, and so Dickinson Engineering Ltd was founded. Many staff from AMF Legg joined the new company, which quickly established itself as a major supplier of primary equipment. AMF sold the Legg business via a management buyout in 1986 and it then traded under the name of GBE Legg. In 1998 Dickinson Engineering Ltd acquired GBE Legg and the company name was changed to Dickinson Legg Ltd.

Meanwhile, Garbuio SpA an Italian engineering company which originally specialized in food processing machinery entered the tobacco equipment business when it acquired the German Quester company’s intellectual property during the late 1980’s. The business quickly grew, firstly in Green Leaf Threshing equipment and then into Primary Processing. Specialist personnel from within the industry were contracted to develop the product range, notably with a new generation of cutters and cylinders.

In 2003 the owners of both Dickinson Legg Ltd and Garbuio SpA recognised that a merger would be commercially appropriate in view of the downward pressures within the global Primary marketplace. However, it was not until March 2006 that the Garbuio acquisition of Dickinson Legg Ltd was successfully completed.

The enlarged group then traded under the name Garbuio Dickinson and rapidly grew to be arguably the leading supplier of primary processing equipment to the Industry.

In 2014 Hauni Maschinenbau GmbH, leading company of the the Körber Business Area Tobacco, acquired Garbuio Dickinson with the intention to combine it with their own very successful primary business.

This integration is now fully underway and will take customer service to a whole new level of specialist support, exceeding market demands and requirements through a world beating combined product portfolio, worldwide sales and service network.

In addition, the stronger joint R&D and engineering team brings increased specialist resource together with a wider mix of skills, innovation and experiences to projects from conventional primary processing to alternative tobacco products and factory digitalization.

Customer services

Garbuio is committed to providing high levels of Service and Support for our customers around the world.
With this in mind we have introduced a dedicated team to assist our customer's needs.
The Customer Services Department will look after Project Management, Installation and Commissioning, Training and Documentation and After Sales.

Spare parts

By constantly anticipating future demands Garbuio is able to satisfy our customers with the latest developments and services including:
Kanban systems reduce cost by optimising the management of on site spares inventory. Levels are tailored to customer usage patterns.
Internet website and on-line ordering facilities enables global access 24 hours a day 365 days a year to order parts, obtain on-line quotes, make enquiries, request support and obtain product information.
A range of exchange units are maintained in stock to avoid costly downtime in breakdown and maintenance shutdowns.