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Huhtamaki Accelerates Production of Advanced Smooth Molded Fiber Packaging in Europe to Provide Plastic-Free Packaging Solutions

HUHTAMÄKI OYJ PRESS RELEASE 24.3.2022 AT 10:00 a.m. ET

Huhtamaki accelerates the production of Advanced smooth molded fiber packaging in Europe to supply plastic-free packaging solutions

Huhtamaki, one of the world’s leading providers of sustainable packaging solutions, has strengthened its manufacturing capabilities for smooth molding fibers, a transformative and technologically advanced material that can be used to produce high-precision food packaging and replace plastics rigid.

The company site in Alf, Germany is shifting from plastic to smooth molded fiber (SMF) products to meet the growing demand for plastic-free alternatives for food packaging. In 2022, the unit plans to replace more than 2,000 tons of plastic with fiber. Huhtamaki’s state-of-the-art automated manufacturing site will have the capacity to manufacture up to 3.5 billion fiber products per year. This is the first large-scale production capacity in Europe.

Huhtamaki’s smooth molded fiber products are already used by some of the world’s leading food service operators. Alf’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility currently provides fiber lids for a variety of uses and custom products for major foodservice and consumer brands, including an assortment of hot, cold and frozen. Unlike polypropylene products made from fossil fuels, smooth molded fiber products are renewable, compostable and can be recycled. They are a fully sustainable alternative to similar plastic products. Additionally, the wood fiber used to produce Huhtamaki’s bespoke and generic designs comes from certified sustainably managed European forests. The products made in Alf have been certified for domestic composting (“OK” certification) and industrial composting (EN13432 standards).

“There is a growing demand for sustainable alternatives to plastic food packaging. Our advanced, high-precision manufacturing technology enables us to produce lids, trays and other fiber products with superior performance. These products reduce the consumption of plastic – which is mainly a fossil fuel – while continuing to provide the same functionality, including hygiene and safety, that consumers have come to expect. Germany and our expertise in materials and manufacturing innovation presents a wide range of sustainable packaging products to help customers achieve their sustainability agenda and goals,” says Eric Le LayPresident of Huhtamaki’s Fiber Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business unit.

Huhtamaki is on track to become the first choice for sustainable packaging solutions with a focus on ensuring our products are recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030. By creating scalable and viable alternatives for the substitution of plastic, Huhtamaki offers credible sustainable food packaging options to customers, in line with its 2030 Strategy.

For more information, please contact:
Arto Gröndahl, Media Relations Manager, tel. +358 10 686 7107, [email protected]

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About Huhtamaki
Huhtamaki is a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world, promoting well-being and convenience. Our innovative products protect food and drink on the go and on the shelf, ensuring hygiene and safety, and helping to prevent food waste. We embed sustainability in everything we do. We are committed to achieving carbon neutral production and designing all of our products to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.

We participate in United Nations Global Compact and EcoVadis awarded Huhtamaki the Gold Medal for his sustainability performance. To play our part in managing climate change, we have set science-based targets that have been endorsed and validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.

With 100 years of history and a strong Nordic heritage, we operate in 38 countries and 114 operating locations around the world. Our Care Dare Deliver values ​​guide our decisions and help our team of 19,600 employees make a difference where it counts. Our 2021 net sales totaled €3.6 billion. Huhtamaki Group has its headquarters in Espoo, Finland and our parent company, Huhtamäki Oyjis listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Find out how we protect food, people and the planet at www.huhtamaki.com.

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