The ITM Group, a global leader in Mass Flow and Tray Handling of filters, cigarettes and cigars, and CSi, a global leader in fully integrated material handling systems, have decided to join their experience and knowledge for the purpose of jointly developing their businesses within the tobacco industry.
A Cooperation Agreement was signed on May 2, 2012. The intention of this cooperation is to create new opportunities and allow ITM and CSi to focus on their strengths to offer customers the best solutions and expertise.
Both companies have already cooperated on the introduction of the innovative, fully flexible filter rod storage and distribution system known as GEMINI.
Arend van der Sluis, President of ITM Group comments: “Our filter distribution system- Gemini is well recognized in the tobacco industry. We experienced a close and successful cooperation with CSi. Now we want to go further and focus on the development and creation of innovative solutions that our customers will benefit from. “
“The complexity of systems and the increasing demands from production and logistic processes makes it necessary for suppliers to expand their offerings. ITM and CSi, two professional companies with their own expertise and strengths, improve the support to their customers by joining forces” says Jan de Bruijn, (Managing Director of CSi).
ITM is one of the world’s leading suppliers of tobacco machinery with a well renowned history in the industry. With several production sites in different countries and its many areas of expertise, ITM can deliver almost any production line for the tobacco industry, including primary, filter making, rod logistics, cigarette making and packing. ITM further focuses on providing after-sales services such as spare parts, conversion and modernization kits, training and relocation of machinery or complete production lines. Due to the company’s openness to innovation and its anticipation of the needs of rapidly changing markets, ITM has become a leading innovator for the tobacco industry with a passion to serve.
CSi is a global leader in product handling at the end of production and packaging lines. CSi provides a complete package from initial consultancy and design to production, assembly, delivery, installation and commissioning. Furthermore CSi provides all the relevant services required throughout the life cycle of the installation. CSi maintains a strong market position around the world with a spread of customers including manufacturers of fast moving consumer goods (especially in the Tobacco sector), distributors and the packaging industry. CSi has built this position on the basis of the reliability of their products and services, their ability to design bespoke solutions, their innovation and expertise, their passion and drive and their total commitment to customer satisfaction.