Huhtamaki Expands to Paper Bag Manufacture in Poland
Espoo, Finland 26 January 2018 -- Huhtamaki has agreed to establish a joint venture with Smith Anderson Group Limited, one of Europe's leading paper bag suppliers, to manufacture and sell foodservice paper bags in Eastern Europe. The joint venture will start manufacturing paper bags at Huhtamaki's facility in Czeladz, Poland. Manufacturing operations are expected to begin during Q1 2018. Huhtamaki currently manufactures paper bags in Russia only and this initiative further strengthens its position as a one-stop-shop to foodservice customers.
As the majority shareholder Huhtamaki will consolidate the joint venture company as a subsidiary in the Group's financial reporting. The business will be reported as part of the Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment but will not have a significant impact on the segment's net sales initially.
Huhtamaki is a global specialist in packaging for food and drink. With our network of 78 manufacturing units and additional 24 sales only offices in altogether 34 countries, we're well placed to support our customers' growth wherever they operate. Mastering three distinctive packaging technologies, approximately 17,600 employees develop and make packaging that helps great products reach more people, more easily. In 2016 our net sales totaled EUR 2.9 billion. The Group has its head office in Espoo, Finland and the parent company Huhtamäki Oyj is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Additional information is available at www.huhtamaki.com.
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