Huhtamaki: Reorganisation of European operations

Finnish based consumer packaging specialist Huhtamaki has reorganised its European and North American operations, which together account for more than 80 per cent of the company’s business. The new organization is based on divisions corresponding to the company’s broad customer categories. In Europe, there will be three main divisions: Consumer Goods, Food Service and Fresh Foods. The North American business will be divided into two divisions: Consumer Goods and Foodservice & Retail.
The divisions will be further divided into business units. Manufacturing units will become cost centres, transferring their products at cost to sales units, which bear profit responsibility.The new organization is designed to promote growth through adopting a pan-European mode and in North America focusing on areas outside the company’s traditional markets.
Huhtamaki has operations in 36 countries, 16,000 employees and net sales of EUR 2·4 billion in 2001. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of rigid, thin-walled plastic and paper packaging, primarily for the food processing, food service and food distribution industries. The company is also a world leader in moulded fibre packaging and a front-runner in high-performance flexible packaging.

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