Finnish food and drink plastics packaging producer Huhtamaki is investing €11m in a new production plant in Hämeenlinna, Finland, where it currently runs a manufacturing facility.
Construction work on the new facility will start in spring 2018, with the unit slated for operation in a year.
Once operational, manufacturing will be transferred from Huhtamaki’s current facility, which was built in the 60’s, to the new unit.
As part of the investment the Hämeenlinna unit's machine base will be ‘partially renewed’ and automation will be increased.
Lean manufacturing principles will be observed in the design of the new plant in order to improve competitiveness and the flow of goods and production.
This will also address workplace safety and ergonomics.
Elaborating on the reasons behind the construction of the new facility, Maisa Katila, general manager for Huhtamaki Foodservice Nordics, said increasing demand for takeaway foods and drinks had created growth opportunities for the company.
“And with the investment we are better able to capture those opportunities," she added.
Commenting on the location of the plant, Katila said in addition to skilled and experienced staff, Hämeenlinna was good for sourcing raw materials from nearby.