Back in the early 1970s Brian Bedford was a sales representative for an adhesive company, selling into tobacco factories which used starch based adhesives. As technology improved and machines began to operate faster, starch paste adhesive and the traditional concave wheel application system became a restricting factor. Brian spotted a gap in the market for an application system which would be able to resolve this issue and decided to devise it himself. He worked with a major multinational company in the UK to get the product correct, after which C.B. Kaymich was formed in 1973.
Cigarette manufactures and many OEMs were quickly converted to the patented Kaymich method of gravity fed PVA side seam application as it enabled making machine speeds to increase significantly. Kaymich became the supplier within this niche marketplace. In those early days Kaymich only had one product, the Side Seam Applicator which, as the industry’s first product is still sold worldwide today.
Never afraid of challenges, Kaymich exported from its early days and the United States was its first overseas market but other markets quickly followed. Such was the pull of the product that there was a good agent network from the early days as word spread around the globe. Other products followed, including hot melt applications, PVA spray applications and filter tow spray retention systems. Kaymich was also the first player within the tobacco market place to offer a flavour application unit, again filling a niche opportunity with a ground breaking product, the reincarnation of which, the Gemini System, remains the market leading solution today.
Brian Bedford retired from the business in 2000 and his son Michael became Managing Director. Today, Kaymich continues to introduce innovative solutions and attributes success down to an ability to solve customers’ problems using simple technology. Although the market has changed considerably over the years, Kaymich’s vision for the future is to continue offering a broad suite of products which will provide technical solutions to meet customer needs.