Always advanced – comprehensive technologies
In developing innovative new packaging the choice of raw materials and appropriate technology depends on the requirements of how the product needs to be packed or served. Materials vary in terms of appearance and properties providing a range of product benefits. All these matters must be considered when deciding on the optimal production technology and the intended food and drink applications.
At Huhtamaki, our focus on technological excellence translates into superior products, cost competitive offerings and ease of implementation for you and your company.
Huhtamaki offers a wide range of paper board forming technologies to manufacture innovative cups, lids, plates, trays and other packaging to meet customer requirements around the globe. Customers include foodservice and beverage operators, as well as food manufacturers of ready meals, dairy, frozen desserts and dry goods.
Materials used for paperboard packaging are always high quality to fulfill 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 e.g. flexo or offset technologies - ideal for branding, logos, messages and promotions.
Huhtamaki prefers certified wood fiber suppliers to support a sustainable forest management according to international criteria.
The pictures below illustrate the cup and plate forming process after the printing step.
Paper cup forming process
Paper plate and tray forming process
Plastic packaging is manufactured from a range of polymers such as Polypropylene (PP) and Polystyrene (PS).
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
• 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
• Transparency and clarity
• Stiffness and good mechanical properties
• Insulation and extreme light weight by foaming