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Huhtamaki Henderson has your food packaging products covered with the flexibility of several manufacturing processes under one roof ; paper forming, thermoformed plastic, injection moulded plastic and both paper and plastic printing. 

Huhtamaki Henderson has an extremely knowledgeable technical team to ensure you make the right decisions about the design, materials and the best processes to use for your food packaging.  They can also help you to select the best solution from the standard range of products. 

Paper Forming

Huhtamaki offers a wide range of paper board forming technologies to manufacture innovative cups, plates, trays and other packaging to meet customer requirements around the globe.  Customers include foodservice and beverage operators, coffee roasters, fast food restaurants, event caterers and wholesalers. 

Materials used for paperboard packaging are always high quality to fulfil the customer requirements. Board can be coated on one side (for example for hot cups) or on two sides (for example cold cups) with wide variety of plastics or with biomaterials depending on the end use of the product.   

Paperboard is printed before forming with either flexo or offset print technologies.  Huhtamaki Henderson's offset press produces near photographic results providing an ideal opportunity for promoting your brand. 

Huhtamaki uses PEFC certified board to support a sustainable forest management according to international criteria.  

Paper Cup Forming Process:

Paper Plate Forming Process:


The thermoforming process forms products out of extruded sheets of plastic. The extruded sheet is heated and fed into the forming machine where the packaging items are formed in the mold. Once cooled, the products are punched out of the sheet and stacked.  We extrude our own sheets to ensure consistent quality.

Thermoformed plastic food packaging products include yoghurt containers, plastic plates and bowls, portion cups, beverage cups, takeaway containers and coffee cup lids. Products such as cups and containers can be printed or adhesive labelled after being formed. 

Huhtamaki uses mainly the in-line thermoforming process. Through the in-line thermoforming process the sheet is extruded directly before feeding into the thermoformer. Any waste is ground directly in a downstream granulator and fed back as re-grind material.  This creates an in-house recycling loop, there is therefore very little waste in the thermoforming process. 


Thermoforming Mold:

In-line Extrusion and Thermoforming Set-up:


Plastic Materials

Plastic packaging is manufactured from a range of polymers such as Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene (PS) and biopolymers (PLA).


Advantages of plastics in general:

Light weight

Packaging design flexibility from thin films to heavy containers

Great decoration variation: coloured plastic, excellent quality printing, embossing, labelling

Possibility to tailor made barrier and other properties



PP (Polypropylene)

Wide end use temperature range (-40 to +130 °C)

Can be used in hot filling and microwave applications

Impact strength

Moisture barrier

Resistance to fatty products

Chemical resistance



PS (Polystyrene)

Transparency and clarity

Stiffness and good mechanical properties



PET (Polyethylene Teraphthalate)

Transparency, clarity and gloss

High strength and rigidity

Oil resistance

Temperature range (-40º C to 65º C)



Transparency, clarity and gloss

High rigidity and stiffness

Flavour and aroma barrier

Oil and grease resistant





Injection Moulded Plastic

Today's competitive marketplace requires new and often complex shapes.  For many packaging solutions, injection moulding is the answer. 

In injection moulding material is mixed and forced in to a mould cavity where it cools and hardens to the shape of the cavity.  A product is designed by a technical product designer to meet customer requirements for their product and the manufacturing requirements to achieve the desired result.  The mould is then created by a toolmaker and formed in metal, precision machined to make the required product shape.

At Huhtamaki Henderson we have the ability to inmould label injection moulded products.  The label is applied during the forming process and becomes part of the product, it can't be removed. 

It's best to talk to one of Huhtamaki's technical team to discuss whether injection moulding or thermoforming is the best option for your food packaging requirements.