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Imperial Tobacco's production facility in Ukraine, the Kyiv Tobacco Factory, is one of the largest Imperial Tobacco manufacturing facilities in the world.

The facility is more commonly known by its historical name of Kyiv Tobacco Factory. It was founded in 1861 and, for the past 150 years, it has been a well known and respected production centre in the country.

Following Ukraine’s independence, the Kyiv Tobacco Factory was one of the first privatised Ukrainian enterprises. In 1994, a joint venture was created with the German tobacco company, Reemtsma.

The second step in the factory's history took place in 1998, when the production facilities were moved from the city centre to the outskirts to enable expansion and modernisation. The investments in construction of the new site and renovation of the factory totaled 110 million Deutschmarks. During this period, new technologies and approaches were introduced, specialists were trained, international trademarks were launched in the Ukrainian market and local  trademarks were developed.

In 2002, the company joined the Imperial Tobacco Group, one of the largest tobacco companies in the world. At this time, Imperial Tobacco invested more than 50 million pounds in the factory, comprehensively renovating the equipment and facilities.

Today, in terms of its technical status, equipment and employee work conditions, the Kyiv factory is regarded as one of the best facilities in the tobacco industry, not only in CIS countries, but also across Europe.

The factory has achieved accreditation and certification in the international quality management standard ISO 9001, environmental standard ISO 14001 and occupational health and safety standard OHSAS 18001.

The first ever tobacco smoke testing laboratory in Ukraine was opened and accredited at the Kyiv Tobacco Factory, demonstrating the importance of product quality and consistency.

Imperial Tobacco production operates a system of product quality evaluation that ensures compliance with all legislative requirements and quality standards. Imperial Tobacco regularly invests in new generation machinery and computerised logistics.

In addition to developing quality products, the Company also dedicates significant resources to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products. Imperial Tobacco has introduced a system of monitoring the movement of its products to its first customer via a track and trace proccess. In 2011, this system was installed at the Kyiv factory to provide additional levels of control.

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