Worldwide, smokers get through approximately 5.4 trillion cigarettes* every year, with further volumes of tobacco consumed through cigars, shishas and roll your own. Non-combustible electronic vaping products are denting the market, but tobacco products remain in strong demand. 

To keep fully informed about current developments in cigarette production including cigarette filling machines, packaging, and box wrapping, make sure you visit PPMA Total Show 2019 at the NEC Birmingham, October 1-3.

If you've yet to do so, you can register for free entry to the show here

As an industry frequently challenged by public health legislation, the tobacco and cigarette sector continues to hold its own, still garnering considerable investment despite pressure from many sides.

The UK smoking ban in July 2007 was followed by another UK initiative that received full backing from the EU and was enforced in May 2017. Under the EU directive, designed to deter young people from taking up the habit, cigarette packaging must be a standardised olive green and bear graphic warnings of the dangers of smoking, covering at least 65% of the front and back of the packet. The initiative has spread to several more countries yet in others there is huge scope for innovation in packaging.

Most tobacco is processed in industrial cigarette making machines and although smoking is gradually decreasing, the tobacco sector is still a substantial and highly profitable industry. With every regulation imposed on it, new packaging is required which is good news for the manufacturing sector.


PPMA Show exhibitors will include specialists in packaging machinery for the overwrapping of tobacco products and in machines for enhanced presentation of products, improved security and protection against moisture and other potential harm. 

Clear film wrap bundles of products such as packets of cigarettes, as opposed to printed cardboard outer display cartons, promise a substantial cost saving. Film wrap can be pre-printed to provide ready-made branding, and tear tape makes packaging easy to open for the consumer.


When cigarettes and cigars are produced, for optimum efficiency it is vital that the cigarette-making machinery works at the same speed as the cigarette packing machines. When the operation is running smoothly, a mass flow conveyor will transfer products directly to packaging into either soft pack or boxes. If the production speeds up, then the flow can be controlled so that cigarettes are fed into trays which act as reservoirs until packing can gain momentum once more.


While UK legislation does not require tax stamps for cigarettes – instead, UK Duty Paid is printed on packs as part of the manufacturing process – many countries require such stamps on their tobacco products to indicate that the required excise tax has been paid. This enhances the ability to identify and seize illicit tobacco products and ensures that relevant tax is collected.

Tax stamping machines may be digital or thermal and can be single, dual or triple head allowing multiple stamps to be applied to each cigarette packet with change of paper. In the US, for example, tax may be due from the city and/or state of manufacture as well as the country.


At PPMA TOTAL SHOW 2019, you will be able to meet a range of exhibitors with experience in the tobacco industry, including packaging machinery for hard box and soft pack cigarettes, roll your own products, and molasses and shisha tobacco.

You will find exhibitors and technical experts who take pride in the development of their machines, and in designing for increased throughput and efficiency, improved quality control and simplified settings. You will also find a range of machines which produce niche or novel pack formats.


Meet tobacco industry exhibitors from all over the world during the PPMA Total Show 2019, at the NEC, Birmingham UK. Showcase your own company’s expertise in the manufacture of cigarette and tobacco products and packaging machines while networking with industry experts.

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