A cigarette factory startup in Poland keeps its cool with an energy efficient refrigeration and air-conditioning system from Voith Paper Air Systems, Bayreuth, Germany.

Geneva-based Japan Tobacco International opened the plant in Gostkow, with 14 air-conditioning systems to cover all production areas and laboratories. Additional air systems were built in other areas such as social rooms. The cooling capacity is just 3 MW for the entire plant. Air quality at a tobacco plant must be consistent so that product flavor is not affected.

The $100 million Voith cooling systems keep temperatures and relative humidity constant year round as the plant produces 20 billion cigarettes annually.