Technology for paper filters

As a one of the leading global suppliers of technology for tobacco industry ITM is constantly innovating and developing machines for filters to meet customer demands. Following the development of novel, smoke-free products HNB/THP/RRP and market expectations related to environmental protection, ITM has introduced another innovative solution: the efficient production of various types of paper filters. Based on the combination of our well-known, proven filter maker POLARIS, and specially designed PERSEUS paper crimper, the new technology will enable the production of a wide range of products across many diverse filter specifications. With this new ITM solution, we can process many types of papers with different thickness and consistency, achieving various dimensions (from KS to Super Slim)  in the same quality and efficiency as monoacetate filters.



Diversity of flavors

The addition of flavors, engage both the taste and aroma of the user, creating a unique pleasurable experience when using the final product. A specially designed dosing system on POLARIS - PERSEUS, created in cooperation with SPI, allows the controlled application of a wide range of low and high viscosity fluid distribution. This technology when incorporated, provides many versatile possibilities in the production of various types of flavored filters.


Exceptional experience

A specially designed system of paper supply to the forming zone, enables the central positioning of the paper so that other objects can be introduced. The system of cutting the paper ‘tow’ with one or more knives, allows the introduction of various objects such as a capsule, tube, and even a thread into the final product. The possibilities are truly wide-ranging. To guarantee that these premium products are always delivered to the customer in a perfect condition, ITM has developed considerable capabilities and invested heavily in specific processes, like delicate delivery and distribution of the object at the end controlled by detection and quality control system. These processes for example, can help to ensure that a potentially fragile capsule is carefully and safely correctly positioned within the filter, guaranteeing successful incorporation into the finished cigarette.

As good as acetate filters

Thanks to the implementation of unique technologies, the production of paper filters from the process side becomes as easy as monoacetate filters manufacturing. Additionally, a specially designed system enables easy and intuitive PD adjustment by operator on screen according to the individual requirements. Thanks to the POLARIS & PERSEUS team, we can continue to improve the production of existing product specifications using biodegradable paper.

Full integration & modularity

The Perseus Paper Crimper under certain conditions can even be integrated with the most popular existing filter technologies operating in tobacco factories today. However, due to the modular identity of POLARIS & PERSEUS, we can produce various product specifications on one single machine.

Sustainable initiatives

On the 17th December 2020, the EU introduced a new regulation - (EU) 2020/2151, implementing Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council, aimed to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on natural ecosystems. This regulation shall apply from 3rd July 2021, and establishes harmonized marking specifications for tobacco products with filters, and filters marketed for use in combination with tobacco products which contain mono acetate (plastic). The labelling must be visible, legible, and irremovable. It shall not distract or impact in any way the vision of the health warnings required by the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on these packages – which, for example, in case of tobacco products for smoking, cover 65% of the front and back of the packaging – and, at the same time, shall not be totally or partially covered by other labels or stamps.

Tobacco products with acetate, apart from the marking/labelling requirement and the awareness raising measure’, will impose the implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes by 5th January 2023. This scheme will implicate the producers of these products to cover at least the costs of waste cleanup, collection, transport, and treatment of used cigarettes. There is also an obligation to contribute to awareness. Extended producer responsibility schemes for tobacco products with filters containing acetate should also encourage innovation leading to the development of sustainable alternatives to tobacco product filters containing plastic.