Huhtamaki further consolidates Chinese operations

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Finnish packaging firm Huhtamaki has announced new measures to further consolidates its operations in China.

The company, which sold a vacated manufacturing facility in Guangzhou, China, last year has announced the closure of its manufacturing unit in Shandong, China.

Following the move, which impacted 200 jobs, Huhtamaki plans to start sourcing the product range externally, the company said 28 Dec.

In addition, the company, which recently acquired International Paper's foodservice packaging operations in China, is planning to consolidate operations in Tianjin.

Having acquired two manufacturing plants in Tianjin and Shanghai through the takeover, Huhtamaki said it is now planning to consolidate its Tianjin operations into one unit. 

“All manufacturing operations will be transferred to the unit acquired from IP,” said the Finnish company, adding that employees at the closing unit will be offered equivalent work opportunities at the continuing Tianjin unit.

The transfer is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

With the restructuring of its Chinese operations, the company’s production footprint in that country will consist of three manufacturing plants.

The plants, which Huhtamaki said will be “efficient and focused” will be in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tianjin.

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