High processing efficiency
Today, BMJ operates one of only three Primaries in the UAE and the only one fully equipped by Garbuio. The cigarette manufacturer has decided in favor of a completely new Combi-PMD, which combines the advantages of a traditional cut rag line with those of a stem line. It is a perfect match for the company’s requirements, since BMJ runs no mentholated tobacco in its Primary, but only adds flavor in the form of capsules in the filter. "The Garbuio system is very flexible, which is important for us because we use batches," says the Primary’s CEO. The line, running with high reliability, has a lamina throughput of 4,000 kg per hour and a stem throughput of 1,200 kg per hour.
BMJ currently produces an average of 1,300,000 kg of cut rag tobacco per month based on two shifts within 26 days a month – the initial target was 750,000 kg per month within the same number of operational days per month. In line with the company’s quest for highest-quality products, the Combi-PMD enables BMJ’s Primary Department to provide precision tobacco preparation and casing adaptations that help retain uniformity, create unique blends and minimize waste.
The company is already planning further investments in its production sites. "Our goal is to create a long-term, sustainable future for our business," concludes Bkairat, "which we aim to achieve by maximizing the key brand properties, by letting even value brands in the international market benefit from the best quality, to value brands for the international market, and by investing in vertical integration to increase cost efficiency and production security. There is no doubt that we will collaborate with Garbuio again in the future."