Huhtamaki strengthens its position as the leading foodservice packaging provider in China

Huhtamaki has entered into an agreement to acquire International Paper’s foodservice packaging operations in China.

With the acquisition Huhtamaki expands its manufacturing footprint into the Eastern China region and strengthens its capacity and capability to serve customers operating in Northern China.

Jukka Moisio, CEO of Huhtamäki Oyj, said: “I am very pleased to announce this acquisition.

“It strengthens our operations in China significantly, both geographically and from a capacity point of view, allowing us to serve our customers even better in the future.”

The acquisition comprises of two manufacturing units located in Shanghai and Tianjin, employing altogether approximately 200 employees. The product range of the units to be acquired is similar to Huhtamaki’s current product range in China, including paper cups for hot and cold beverages, food containers as well as snack food and ice-cream containers.

The business will become part of Huhtamaki’s Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment. The transaction is expected to be finalised within 1-2 months, subject to completing applicable registration obligations with authorities in China.

Eric Le Lay, executive vice president Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania, added: “We have an ambitious growth strategy.

“This acquisition consolidates our business in North Asia and offers good possibilities to boost our growth. In addition, with the footprint expansion we improve our coverage of the vast market of China, which is good for our customers.”