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Finland's Huhtamaki to invest €11m in new manufacturing plant in Hämeenlinna

PKBR Staff Writer Published 14 November 2017

Finnish food packaging specialist Huhtamaki is investing about €11m to construct a new manufacturing facility in Hämeenlinna to increase its production capacity.

The company plans to transfer its manufacturing operations from the current facility that was built in the 1960s to the new facility upon completion, to serve its customers in the Baltic and Nordic countries.

As part of the investment plan, the firm intends to partially renew the Hämeenlinna unit’s machine base and increase automation.

Huhtamaki Foodservice Nordics General Manager Maisa Katila said: "Today's busy on-the-go lifestyle increases demand for takeaway foods and drinks. This creates growth opportunities for us, and with the investment we are better able to capture those.”

Huhtamaki said that the new facility will be designed according to Lean manufacturing principles, thus improving competitiveness.

Katila added: "Hämeenlinna is a good location for our manufacturing unit. We have skilled and experienced employees here and we source our main raw material from nearby.”

Construction work is scheduled to commence during spring 2018 while the facility is planned to be commissioned in spring 2019.

The facility’s design will also improve the flow of goods and minimizing traffic within production, Huhtamaki said.

Earlier this year, Huhtamaki has acquired International Paper's foodservice packaging operations in China including two facilities in Shanghai and Tianjin and a workforce of about 200 employees.

Huhtamaki is engaged in developing and manufacturing packaging for food and drink industry.

Employing approximately 17,600 people, the firm has a network of 78 manufacturing units in 34 countries.

Image: The Huhtamaki’s new manufacturing facility will be located in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Photo: courtesy of Huhtamaki Group.