JTI is a leading tobacco company in Russia, with a portfolio that includes three of the ten top-selling brands in the country.
Russia is home to the Company’s largest global manufacturing center, which consists of four modern factories. Over 4,500 employees work in our factories and at 70 JTI business units in 68 regions of the country.
The history of Petro, Russia’s largest tobacco factory, dates back to 1852, when Josef Huppman de Valbella, a former Austrian national, opened a small-scale papirosa cigarette manufacturing facility with a simple name, Laferm, in Saint Petersburg. Since then, the factory has always been the leader of the Russian tobacco industry despite several name changes throughout its history: in Soviet years, it was known as the First State Tobacco Factory, named after Uritsky, and after the collapse of the USSR it was renamed Petro.
In 1992, Petro became a part of RJ Reynolds International, an American company; then in 1999, it became a part of JTI, which was created as a result of the Japan Tobacco Group’s acquisition of the RJ Reynolds’ operations outside the US. In 2007, as a result of a merger with the British Gallaher Group, Liggett-Ducat, Moscow’s oldest tobacco factory, also became part of JTI’s operations.
Investors in People
In 2014 JTI became the first company in Russia to earn the Bronze Level of Investors in People – a respected international standard for efficient people management and development. Each year, the Company invests heavily in people development, opening up new professional and career opportunities for its employees. As a result, over 90% of all management positions in Russia are filled by internal candidates, who are promoted to higher positions.
At a glance
Locations: 70 offices and detached units; HQ in Moscow
Export: to 22 countries
Number of Employees: 4500+
Operations: JTI is the market leader in Russia. The Company’s portfolio features international cigarette brands such as Winston, Mevius, Camel, Sobranie, Glamour and LD, as well as Russian brands, including Russian Style, Peter I, Troika, and others
Investment: The total amount invested by JTI into the Russian economy has exceeded $1.9 billion