BAT is a global company founded in 1902, and one of the top 10 listed entities on the London Stock Exchange. The company has been operating successfully in the Ukrainian market for more than twenty years. BAT Ukraine was the first foreign investment into the Ukrainian tobacco industry. The company employs about 1000 people in Ukraine and was recognized as the country’s fourth highest taxpayer in 2016. The Pryluky tobacco factory manufactures nine cigarette brands and exports its products to six countries. In the course of its activities in the Ukrainian market and worldwide, BAT is constantly developing and optimizing its production capacities, implementing the most advanced manufacturing technologies.

R&M solutions were chosen for reconstructing the factory network in Pryluky and building the structured cable system in the new office in Kiev. Creating functional working space and an infrastructure with outstanding network characteristics, as well as a comfortable employees’ recreation zone, were the main concepts of the new BAT office. The British American Tobacco office occupies two floors providing space for servers and technical rooms, office infrastructure, spacious reception and working space, conference halls, relaxation and recreational rooms. Cat. 5e connectivity solutions were used to create the office network, which complies with the international standard requirements of ISO/IEC 11801 for transmission channels class D.

This project was a collaboration between Office Solutions Ukraine ( and Synergia SE, the R&M distributor in Ukraine. Together the companies took care of all issues, including the technical background and specification for this project.

Valeriy Letyagin, Project Manager at Office Solutions Ukraine, explains that R&M solutions were chosen due to their high quality and reliable, outstanding connectivity performance on the one hand, and modularity and flexibility on the other. The other important advantage of R&M components is the compatibility with accessories from a range of producers. From the installer’s point of view, the R&M solutions “Easy Lock” and “Tool Free” are extremely easy to terminate and use.