Investing in the future
BMJ’s investment philosophy targets sourcing industry-renowned machinery manufacturers to build ultra-modern, highly automated equipment. Today, around 70 percent of BMJ’s cigarette- and tube-making equipment comes from Hauni or Decouflé. "Hauni technology is perceived as very valuable by customers – we appreciate the maximized machine availability and short delivery times, the optimization of costs and investment opportunities, the increased machine operability, as well as the highly improved supply chain and excellent availability of spare parts," says Bkairat.
Choosing Garbuio as a partner for the construction of a Primary that is able to match the high standard of its Secondary Department has proven to be a logical step. "Since the board considers the best market equipment and post-sales support as fundamental to our success, we invested in Hauni Garbuio systems – which has resulted in benefits in the production of tobacco and volume-related cost savings as well as improvements to quality," states Alan Milligan, CEO of BMJ’s Primary Department.
For Garbuio, setting up BMJ’s new leaf processing department from scratch was nothing short of a record-breaking achievement. When the company started building the 15,000-square-metre building intended to house the Primary on 16 February 2016, there was nothing but a sandy desert, giving the term "greenfield factory" a whole new meaning. The equipment was installed on 6 June and the first tobacco was run on 28 October 2016. "We couldn’t have achieved this without Garbuio," says Milligan. "They exactly understood our requirements, coordinated their activities with us and responded quickly to our requests. In addition, they provided a fantastic pre-installation service."