While cigarette volumes 2005-10 fell by 12 percent in Western Europe, 20 percent in North America and 10 per cent in Australasia, in the Middle East the market grew by 17 per cent making it the fastest growing region for cigarette consumption in the world.
The expectations on the performance of tipping base papers have grown substantially over the last years, partly due to regulatory requirements. Suppliers have to provide added value and more innovative products to compete.
Packaging has always been a highlight of tobacco industry reviews. No other topic combined the best of engineering technology and the creativity of package designers like packaging. Will regulations lead to an abrupt end?
Bi-axially oriented polypropylene remains the material of first choice for cigarette films due to excellent moisture barrier properties, optical performance, heat sealing and sealing strength properties, as well as good shrinkage rates.
New threats of tobacco regulation at local and global level leave the industry with increasingly fewer chances for long-term prosperity and small tactical victories should not be considered a reason to relax.
An arduous year that saw pulp prices at record highs is coming to an end for the paper and board industry. But the next challenge is already high on the agenda: the industry needs to improve its environmental standards