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This excerpt taken from the SWM 10-K filed Mar 2, 2007.
Tobacco industry products include Cigarette Papers and RTL used as a tobacco blend with virgin tobacco in cigarettes; reconstituted tobacco wrappers and binders for cigars; and paper products used in cigarette

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packaging. These products are sold directly to tobacco companies or their designated converters in the Americas, Europe, Asia and elsewhere.

Each of the 3 principal types of Cigarette Papers—cigarette, plug wrap and tipping papers—serves a distinct purpose in the function of a cigarette.

Cigarette paper wraps the column of tobacco in a cigarette. Certain properties of cigarette paper, such as basis weight, porosity, opacity, tensile strength, texture and burn rate must be controlled to tight tolerances. Many of these characteristics are critical to meet the requirements of high-speed production processes utilized by cigarette manufacturers as well as their desired attributes of finished cigarettes such as lower ignition propensity, or LIP, or reduced deliveries of tobacco-related smoke constituents.

Plug wrap paper forms the outer layer of a cigarette filter and is used to hold the filter materials in a cylindrical form. Conventional plug wrap is manufactured on flat wire paper machines using wood pulp. Porous plug wrap, a highly air permeable paper, is manufactured on inclined wire paper machines using a furnish consisting of “long-fibers,” such as abaca, and wood pulp. Porosity, a measure of air flow permeability, ranges from a typical level of less than 100 Coresta on conventional plug wrap to 35,000 Coresta on high porosity papers. High porosity plug wrap is sold under the registered trademark POROWRAP® and is used on filter-ventilated cigarettes.

Tipping paper, produced in white or tan/cork color, joins the filter element to the tobacco-filled column of the cigarette. The ability to produce tipping paper, which is both printable and glueable at high speeds, is critical to producing a cigarette with a distinctive finished appearance.

Reconstituted tobacco is used by manufacturers of cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. We currently produce reconstituted tobacco in 2 forms: leaf, or RTL, in France, which is manufactured by LTRI, and wrapper and binder in the United States. RTL is used by manufacturers of cigarettes primarily to blend with virgin tobacco as a design aid to achieve certain attributes of finished cigarettes, such as taste characteristics and reduced deliveries of tobacco-related smoke constituents, and to cost-effectively utilize tobacco leaf by-products. Wrapper and binder are reconstituted tobacco products used by manufacturers of machine-made cigars. Binder is used to hold the tobacco leaves in a cylindrical shape during the production process. Wrapper is used to cover the outside of the cigar, providing a uniform, finished appearance.

This excerpt taken from the SWM 10-K filed Mar 7, 2006.
Tobacco industry products include cigarette, plug wrap and tipping papers used to wrap various parts of a cigarette; reconstituted tobacco leaf used as a tobacco blend with virgin tobacco in cigarettes; reconstituted tobacco wrappers and binders for cigars; and paper products used in cigarette packaging. These products are sold directly to tobacco companies or their designated converters in North and South America, western and eastern Europe, Asia and elsewhere.

Each of the 3 principal types of paper used in cigarettes—cigarette, plug wrap and tipping papers—serves a distinct purpose in the function of a cigarette.

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Cigarette paper wraps the column of tobacco in a cigarette. Certain properties of cigarette paper, such as basis weight, porosity, opacity, tensile strength, texture and burn rate must be controlled to tight tolerances. Many of these characteristics are critical to meet the requirements of high-speed production processes utilized by cigarette manufacturers as well as their desired attributes of finished cigarettes such as lower ignition propensity or reduced deliveries of tobacco-related smoke constituents.

Plug wrap paper forms the outer layer of a cigarette filter and is used to hold the filter materials in a cylindrical form. Conventional plug wrap is manufactured on flat wire paper machines using wood pulp. Porous plug wrap, a highly air permeable paper, is manufactured on inclined wire paper machines using a furnish consisting of “long fibers,” such as abaca, and wood pulp. Porosity, a measure of air flow permeability, ranges from a typical level of less than 100 Coresta on conventional plug wrap to 35,000 Coresta on high porosity papers. High porosity plug wrap is sold under the registered trademark POROWRAP® and is used on filter-ventilated cigarettes. High porosity papers can also be used for such specialty products as battery separator paper.

Tipping paper, produced in white or buff color, joins the filter element to the tobacco-filled column of the cigarette. The ability to produce tipping paper, which is both printable and glueable at high speeds, is critical to producing a cigarette with a distinctive finished appearance.

Reconstituted tobacco is used by manufacturers of cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. We currently produce reconstituted tobacco in 2 forms: leaf, or RTL, in France, which is manufactured by LTRI, and wrapper and binder in the United States. RTL is used by manufacturers of cigarettes primarily to blend with virgin tobacco as a design aid to achieve certain attributes of finished cigarettes, such as taste characteristics and reduced deliveries of tobacco-related smoke constituents, and to cost-effectively utilize tobacco leaf by-products. Wrapper and binder are reconstituted tobacco products used by manufacturers of machine-made cigars. Binder is used to hold the tobacco leaves in a cylindrical shape during the production process. Wrapper is used to cover the outside of the cigar, providing a uniform, finished appearance.

This excerpt taken from the SWM 10-K filed Mar 7, 2005.
Tobacco industry products include cigarette, plug wrap and tipping papers used to wrap various parts of a cigarette; reconstituted tobacco leaf used as a tobacco blend with virgin tobacco in cigarettes; reconstituted tobacco wrappers and binders for cigars; and paper products used in cigarette packaging. These products are sold directly to tobacco companies or their designated converters in North and South America, western and eastern Europe, Asia and elsewhere.

Each of the 3 principal types of paper used in cigarettes—cigarette, plug wrap and tipping papers—serves a distinct purpose in the function of a cigarette.

Cigarette paper wraps the column of tobacco in a cigarette. Certain properties of cigarette paper, such as basis weight, porosity, opacity, tensile strength, texture and burn rate must be controlled to tight tolerances. Many of these characteristics are critical to meet the requirements of high-speed production processes utilized by cigarette manufacturers as well as their desired attributes of finished cigarettes such as lower ignition propensity or reduced deliveries of tobacco-related smoke constituents.

Plug wrap paper forms the outer layer of a cigarette filter and is used to hold the filter materials in a cylindrical form. Conventional plug wrap is manufactured on flat wire paper machines using wood pulp. Porous plug wrap, a highly air permeable paper, is manufactured on inclined wire paper machines using a furnish consisting of “long fibers,” such as abaca, and wood pulp. Porosity, a measure of air flow permeability, ranges from a typical level of less than 100 Coresta on conventional plug wrap to 35,000 Coresta on high porosity papers. High porosity plug wrap is sold under the registered trademark

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POROWRAP® and is used on filter-ventilated cigarettes. High porosity papers can also be used for such specialty products as battery separator paper.

Tipping paper, produced in white or buff color, joins the filter element to the tobacco-filled column of the cigarette. The ability to produce tipping paper, which is both printable and glueable at high speeds, is critical to producing a cigarette with a distinctive finished appearance.

Reconstituted tobacco is used by manufacturers of cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. We currently produce reconstituted tobacco in 2 forms: leaf, or RTL, in France, which is manufactured by LTRI, and wrapper and binder in the United States. RTL is used by manufacturers of cigarettes primarily to blend with virgin tobacco as a design aid to achieve certain attributes of finished cigarettes, such as taste characteristics and reduced deliveries of tobacco-related smoke constituents, and to cost-effectively utilize tobacco leaf by-products. Wrapper and binder are reconstituted tobacco products used by manufacturers of machine-made cigars. Binder is used to hold the tobacco leaves in a cylindrical shape during the production process. Wrapper is used to cover the outside of the cigar, providing a uniform, finished appearance.

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