General manager: Richard Smith
Pre-tax profit: £5.2m Employment: 228 Pay bill: £8.2m
41 Inn Road Dollingstown BT66 7JN Tel: 028 3832 7711 www.huhtamaki.com
Huhtamaki Lurgan calls itself “a perfect example of the new circular economy”. The operation, part of a Finnish company, is the largest user of recycled paper in Northern Ireland converting old newspapers and printing off-cuts into egg cartons, egg trays and cup carriers for the food service sector. The Lurgan operation, which employs 228 people, has been making moulded fibre products for over 70 years.
It says that it has increased its share of the egg packaging market over the most recent year, with demand expected to grow by around 4% per year. It says that carrier cup production is also continuing to meet demand, with the market tipped for growth of 6.5%. The company is also working to develop other products from re-cycled paper to meet demand for alternatives to plastic.