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How can the perfect products taste be achieved? Everything starts with the right blend of ingredients and its primary treatment. Obtain the best out of your products, in the most efficient way, with state-of-the-art machinery and seamless monitoring at every point in the production process.

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Primary

How can the perfect tobacco products taste achieved? Everything starts from the primary treatment. With the right tobacco blend. With outstanding machinery and equipment at every point in the production process. With seamless monitoring and measurement of every stage and value.

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Heated tobacco products represents a challenging evolution of tobacco business embraced by Garbuio. We support the customers with know-how and innovative ideas to process reconstituted tobacco for THP.

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Garbuio boosts the digitalization of Customer’s manufacturing systems and a broad concept of industrial Smart Factory, through a wide set of innovative digital solutions.

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High-tech meets family tradition

Founded in 1951 by Oei Wie Gwan in the central Javanese town of Kudus, PT Djarum has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Today, with continued growth, it produces cigarettes for domestic and international markets on high-tech mass production lines. The company has become an icon in Indonesia thanks to its clove and tobacco cigarettes, which are popular throughout the archipelago. It is one of the country’s largest cigarette manufacturers and has also enjoyed a strong international presence since the 1970s.

Thomas Budi Santoso has been Director of Production at PT Djarum Indonesia for 22 years. In this interview, he offers his insights into the internationally successful kretek company.

PT Djarum

Founded in 1951 by Oei Wie Gwan in the central Javanese town of Kudus, PT Djarum has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Today, with continued growth, it produces cigarettes for domestic and international markets on high-tech mass production lines. The company has become an icon in Indonesia thanks to its clove and tobacco cigarettes, which are popular throughout the archipelago. It is one of the country’s largest cigarette manufacturers and has also enjoyed a strong international presence since the 1970s.

Thomas Budi Santoso

His motto is “nothing is impossible”, which also perfectly describes his career. From modest beginnings in the small town of Pati in Central Java, he worked his way up to become Director of PT Djarum in Kudus.
In his spare time, the father of three sons likes to play chess and also counts gardening, bonsai, suiseki and Indonesian literature among his hobbies.

lThanks to its links with the Hauni Group, PT Djarum was growing even faster with machine-made kretek cigarettes.”r

THOMAS BUDI SANTOSO

Over the past 70 years, PT Djarum has transformed itself from a small kretek factory into one of the largest Indonesian cigarette manufacturers with a strong international presence. What is the secret of the company’s success?

Thomas Budi Santoso: Above all, we believe it lies in our family tradition and the personalities of its owners. Robert Budi Hartono is CEO and one of the owners of PT Djarum, while his son Victor Rachmat Hartono is COO. Robert Budi Hartono is a strong employees alike. As a true entrepreneur, he also is also very committed to the environment. His older brother Michael Bambang Hartono supports him in the area of corporate planning.

PT Djarum was founded in Kudus in 1951. In 1998, you became the company’s Production Director. What experiences prepared you for this task?

Thomas Budi Santoso: I have been with PT Djarum since September 1966. Before I was appointed Production Director, I worked in almost every job and level in the company – from the lowest to the highest – for 32 years. I also handled its external affairs, including relations with government institutions. As the CEO himself selected me for the position, I had every confidence that I would be able to perform the tasks entrusted to me.

lFifty years ago, PT Djarum was still a largely unknown kretek cigarette manufacturer.r

THOMAS BUDI SANTOSO

Given your long service at PT Djarum, how has the company changed over the decades – both in terms of production and corporate culture?

Thomas Budi Santoso: Fifty years ago, PT Djarum was still a largely unknown kretek cigarette manufacturer. Since then, due to a lot of perseverance and determination, our company has become one of the largest kretek cigarette manufacturers in Indonesia and now serves a worldwide market. Thanks to its links with the Hauni Group, PT Djarum was growing even faster with machine-made kretek cigarettes. This is why the Hauni Group is our most important business partner for meeting plant and machinery needs in the Primary and Secondary. As far as our corporate culture is concerned, we are very reliable. This builds trust and a harmonious relationship between the owners and employees and means we have a very low employee turnover rate.

In your opinion, what are the critical factors that have made PT Djarum the successful company it is today?

Thomas Budi Santoso: In my view, our company’s success is rooted in its sincerity, tenacity, determination and loyalty to its goals, which are supported by the harmony within the owner family.

You recently installed a new GLT system from the Hauni subsidiary Garbuio and optimized your production processes. How important is the technological partnership with the Hauni Group in optimizing and developing new processes and products?

Thomas Budi Santoso: As a business partner, the Hauni Group not only supplies the machines and equipment we need but is also responsible for ensuring that they function properly and meet their performance standards. This is why the partnership – with technical cooperation and joint optimization and development of processes and products – is extremely important to us. Applying new technology to the Jet conditioning Cylinder and the new GLT configuration, which we developed together with Garbuio, has yielded major gains: we have been able to increase tobacco yield, moisture content uniformity and homogeneity and minimize material degradation. This combination of advanced technology and new GLT configurations has also dramatically enhanced the flexibility of our GLT processes.

Perhaps we could finish with a personal question. If you have free time despite your many professional responsibilities – what would be your ideal vacation?

Thomas Budi Santoso: Ideally, I like to spend my vacations with my whole family. That sounds simple but is actually quite difficult to organize.

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