Serbian arm of Japan Tobacco International commissions new tobacco processing facility in Senta; new line will increase capacity by 30%

BELGRADE, Serbia , October 31, 2013 () – The Serbian arm of Japan Tobacco International (JTI) said it has commissioned a new tobacco processing facility at its site in the northern town of Senta.

The new line will increase tobacco processing capacity by 30% and create an additional 40 seasonal jobs, JTI’s global leaf services vice president CFO Peter Kilburg said in a statement on Wednesday after attending the opening ceremony.

The launch of the new facility is part of JTI's $6.0 million (4.4 million euro) investment programme in Serbia in 2013.

Since the acquisition of Tobacco Industry Senta in 2006, JTI has invested over $140 million, modernized utilities, started cigarette production and exported cigarettes and tobacco worth $95 million. JTI exports cigarettes from Serbia to Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia and Albania, and exports tobacco to the EU.

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