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History of Overseas Expansion

Overseas Expansion

KT&G has established local plants and is manufacturing and distributing main brands such as ESSE and PINE in order to smoothly supply tobacco for export to nearby and other countries.KT&G is taking part in vitalizing local economies by hiring local workers.

  • Country

    Exports to around
    50 countries

  • Brand

    Export of about
    150 brands

  • Awards

    $700 million
    Awarded Export Tower
    (2016, Korea International Trade Association)

  • Esse

    ESSE brand reached
    export target of
    approximately
    212.9 billion cigarettes
    (2016 cumulative)

  • Export Record

    Annual Export Record
    48.7 billion cigarettes
    (2016)

  • Overseas Employment

    Local Employees
    2,700 people
    Contributed to the creation of overseas employment

Overseas OrganizationScroll left or right to move.

History of Overseas Expansion
Country Production Capacity
(100 million cigarettes)
No. of Employees Main Brands
Sojourning Local Total
Turkey 28 4 45 49 ESSE/PINE
Iran 8 4 14 18 ESSE/PINE
Russia 40 7 93 100 ESSE
Indonesia 40 19 2,587 2,606 ESSE/BOHEM
USA - 3 34 37 TIME/CARNIVAL
China - 4 61 65 ESSE

Overseas Activities

  • Participated in the TFWA World Exhibition, the world’s largest duty-free goods exhibition

  • Overseas business (Participated in the Intertabac Fair)

  • The first to introduce the domestically launched Tonino Lamborghini brand to the world market

  • Completion ceremony for KT&G plant in Russia, including ultra-slim product production line

  • Established a bridgehead for overseas new market development through the acquisition of Trisakti

  • Established a Korean Language Institute in Indonesia, a first for a domestic company

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