The report follows the strategic production decisions of big tobacco companies in the light of the changing industry dynamics. The decline in cigarette volumes along with the growing importance of vapour products already play a vital role in closing and opening factories. Other topics that are discussed include illicit plants and the latest trends in manufacturing equipment. Finally, a forward-looking section explores the possible future directions that tobacco production can take.
Increasingly important in a market showing growing commoditisation and rapid technological innovation. Vital for consolidation of production in fewer manufacturing sites in strategic locations.
Producing centrally for consumers in different markets calls for quick format change functionalities. Existing technology already allows for time efficient adjustments.
Export hubs are becoming central to strategies of big tobacco companies. The overcapacity issues and decline in cigarette volumes reinforces the need for factory consolidation.
Plain packaging is already getting on track in several key markets around the world. Along with the apparent threat to tobacco companies, this can lead to the use of efficient ultrafast production lines.
Heat not burn products are projected to grow significantly in the future. Heating devices and heat sticks are produced in different ways and require different focus.
With plain packaging, branding and marketing can decline in importance. This opens up opportunities for third parties entering the production process.
3D printing can play a crucial role in manufacturing vapour devices. Acquiring and adapting the technology in-house or consumers using it directly could shape the future of the industry.
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