Background to HTMS  Customer Service for over 20 years

Hampshire Tobacco Machinery Services was established in 1986, drawing together people whose combined commitment to the tobacco engineering industry- both primary and secondary- totals more than 100 years.

The launch and interest of the company initially was for the supply and manufacture of machine spare parts and re-engineered secondary machinery, as both individual machines or as complete maker/packer combinations, together with an after sales service for spare parts.

Today, the principal interest of the company is the supply of new packing equipment, centered on hard box, hinge lid packing machinery, where its development started in the early 1980's through the experiences of rebuilding machinery with our former company. The company - John Payne Engineering- supplied all major companies with the service of rebuilding thier existing machinery to a new level of demand which covered cigarette size and collation together with the need for innovation, updating to a new generation which had new concepts for operation. Such companies as BAT, RJ Renolds and the Imperial group were all parts of our clients. With the experience of upgrading and converting hlp hard box machinery, we found it necessary to introduce a new type of hard box packing machine to suit the pattern of a higher speed, with the necessary efficiency to sustain long term production.

Although there are many companies engaged in this field worldwide and many larger than HTMS through there association with the OEM's - our managing director can uniquely claim to have been at the vanguard of those to introduce the concept of re-engineering to the industry.

Our interest started within the tobacco industry during 1974, where we were invited to assist a number of UK and european production manufacturers to size change and develop existing machinery, raising its efficiency and converting size in accordance with market trends, where both cigarette length and diameter created an interesting challenge in engineering for such conversions to take place on the clients individual machines.

The background of experience gave our team an education in the need and direction to support all technical requirements where the format could be from a 5's hinge lid packet, up to a 3 row 30's cigarette packet, adding a third dimension of cigarette length, up to 120mm.

It was through these years of 1980-1995 that we developed the original 'XL' packer which has been further developed to its current level of operation. We have in recent years assisted in turn key projects with Sante Fe Natural Tobacco of North Carolina USA, Mastermind Tobacco of Kenya and Similar Tobacco of Canada with one of the last interesting exersizes being to rebuild and supply for northern Iraq.


Unit 5 Hawkes Farm, Common Hill Road, Braishfield, Romsey,  Hampshire SO510QJ England

Tel. +44 (0) 1794 367733  Fax. +44 (0) 1794 367711 sales@htms.demon.co.uk