Finnish packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki will appeal against the European Commission’s decision to fine €15.6m for its alleged anti-competitive behaviour.
This comes after European Commission imposed collective fines of more than €115m last month on ten companies, including Huhtamäki, Coopbox, Linpac, Magic Pack, Nespak, Silver Plastics, Sirap-Gema and Vitembal, and two distributors Ovarpack and Propack for running cartels in retail food packaging.
The cartels were formed between 2000 and 2008 for polystyrene foam trays used in retail packaging of food such as cheese, meat, fish and cakes in France, Italy, Central and Eastern Europe (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), north-western Europe (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden) and south-western Europe (Spain and Portugal).
Huhtamaki said that the European Commission was certain of the company’s involvement in anti-competitive practices.
However, the concerned operations are no longer part of Huhtamaki as they were part of the group’s rigid consumer goods business in Europe that was closed down or divested in 2006 and 2010.
The company has also allegedly infringed EU competition regulations in south-west Europe, north-west Europe and France between 2002 and 2006.
Huhtamaki employs 16,500 people in 69 manufacturing units where it manufactures packaging for food and drink.
With 23 sales offices worldwide, the company generated €2.2bn in annual sales last year.