Huhtamaki strengthens its position as a leading foodservice packagingprovider in Europe by investing at its manufacturing unit in Alf, Germany. The investment consists of additional manufacturing capacity for certain foodservice packaging products and is operational in February 2016.
Alf unit, which has been a manufacturing hub for plastic and bio-plastic foodservice drinking cups and containers with lids for decades, is now broadening its manufacturing capabilities to serve Huhtamaki’s expanding customer base in continental Europe. The new lines represent state-of-the-art technology and are fully automated to meet the highest quality and hygiene standards. The investment taps into the booming beverage-to-go and food-to-go trend, which requires high quality foodservice packaging products.
”There is a positive trend in beverage-to-go and food-to-go in Europe. Our unit in Alf, Germany plays an essential role in manufacturing certain key foodservice packaging products. By adding capacity in there we can ensure smooth deliveries of a wider range of products for our customers. We’re proud to invest to serve our customers better and help them to grow,” says Eric Le Lay, Executive Vice President, Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania.
Alf unit has many years of experience in converting various conventional polymers like PS, PP, aPET and rPET into cups, lids and containers. The German unit has also strong know-how in bio-plastics having been one of the first plants to produce cold cups from renewable resource-based Ingeo PLA already in 2004. More recently Alf has focused on development of high heat PLA solutions for hot vending cups and lids.
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