Tobacco company creates cleanroom-type environment with Troax partitioning


Gallaher’s has created two separate production areas at its tobacco factory in Belfast, Ireland with Troax’s Toledo cleanroom partitioning system. The partitioning from the Swindon, Wiltshire-based firm has created cleanroom type environments for two different areas: one for the production of pipe tobacco; the other for the manufacture of roll-your-own tobacco.

Troax’s Toledo cleanroom partitioning system (similar to that shown) has been used to create two separate production areas at Gallaher’s tobacco factory in Belfast

Gallaher’s is part of Japan Tobacco International, the international tobacco business of Japan Tobacco, the world’s third-largest tobacco manufacturer. Its brands include Silk Cut, Benson and Hedges, Hamlet Cigars and Old Holborn tobacco.

Toledo modular, steel, cleanroom partitioning was specified for the project as, with its minimal ledges and corners and high quality construction, it would meet the strict hygiene and cleanliness standards demanded by Gallaher’s. Contractor Thrislington (NI) installed the partitioning.

Toledo steel panels were used to build the floor to ceiling wall, which now divides the production area. A series of double-glazed panels, measuring 3.2m high x 500mm wide have been specially designed and incorporated into the partitioning, both to let in light and to create a more attractive design. Single and double doors, also built using Toledo panels, have also been incorporated into the wall.

The dividing wall was built right up into the curved roof space and Thrislington had to cut the partitioning on site to fit the curved contours of the roof.

This is the latest in a series of similar projects carried out at Gallaher’s by Thrislington using Toledo partitioning. Jim Hodgen at Thrislington said: “We’ve worked regularly with Troax for some years now and Toledo partitioning is ideal for this type of project where a cleanroom type of environment is required. Its smooth surfaces and lack of ledges prevent the collection of particles so help to create the controlled, dust-free environment needed for this type of production facility. And, of course, its modular design meant that we could easily adapt the partitioning on site to fit the building’s unusual curved roof.”

Toledo partitioning has a steel, monobloc construction and an inert and non-particle shedding infill finish. It is coated in powder paint and has a two-line panel junction and flush line double-glazing, resulting in minimal ledges and corners and flush surfaces.

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