Bologna, Italy, Summer 2016 – Though amongst the countries’ major taxpayers, the tobacco industry is constantly fighting with public opinion over the burden it lays on national health care systems. However, in consideration of its global revenue being just about equal to the GDP of countries like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Sweden or Poland, it is worth taking a closer look at its needs in terms of production equipment.
One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies has its Italian manufacturing base near the city of Bologna, in northern Italy. In its ultra-modern Centre of Excellence for cigarette filter “production process technology innovation” the company has developed a new cigarette in which the tobacco does not burn but is heated by means of a small electronic box. This should make smoking less harmful.
The Italian COMAS Tobacco Machinery S.p.A. from the northern Italian town of Treviso is one of the world’s leading plant manufacturers specialising in tobacco processing. In 2014, the company was awarded the order for a new production line in the Bologna factory, which was commissioned this summer. The process materials are conveyed pneumatically, which gave TOREX® the opportunity to supply a large number of VAB and VAR-type Diverter Valves, along with RV-type Drop-through and RVS Blow-through Rotary Valves. Moreover, the production line is equipped with WAMFLO® Dust Collectors.
The WAM Valve Division specialises in:
Dust-tight butterfly and slide gate valves, diverter valves, dome valves, ball segment valves, safety pressure relief valves for silos or bins, pipe elbows for pneumatic conveying systems, volumetric micro-batch screw feeders.
TOREX® specialises in:
Telescopic loading spouts or bellows, drop-through and blow-through rotary valves, pinch valves, diverter valves, impact flow meters for powders or granules, level indicators and probes, gain-in-weight or loss-in-weight screw and weigh belt feeders.