Aerosol can production remains stable

The production of aluminium aerosol cans worldwide remained stable at a high level in 2015, with Aerobal reporting a total production of 5.4 billion aluminium cans.

Gregor Spengler, secretary general for Aerobal, explained: “Repeating 2014’s record is a rather good achievement considering the very difficult conditions in 2015; with economic turmoil in China, Russia and some emerging countries, the enduring problems in Greece, Ukraine and above all the Middle East. It demonstrates the strong capabilities of our member companies and the aluminium aerosol cans’ excellent position in the fiercely competitive global packaging market.”

Production in Europe and the USA, the dominant markets in terms of volume, was at the previous year’s level. Australia also remained stable, whereas volumes in Africa declined slightly. Slight overall gains were reported in Asia and Central and South America, although some Asian and South American markets fell short of expectations.

The body care products market accounted for the majority of all cans produced, being unchanged at almost 80%. The household products sector is now responsible for over 10% of total production thanks to pleasing growth figures.

There are also other developments that definitely give cause for taking a positive view of the future. Aerobal president Eric Frantz points to new applications and improved production processes.

“The aerosol principle offers outstanding opportunities to expand markets, together with aluminium’s outstanding barrier and hygiene properties this will doubtlessly bear further fruit in the pharma market too,” he said.

The producers of aluminium aerosol cans also believe they are well placed with regards competition with other materials. “Besides the wealth of unique functional properties that aluminium offers compared with competitive materials, the light metal’s high actual recycling rates offer additional benefits,” added Frantz. “Further weight reductions thanks to new aluminium alloys and optimised production processes also ensure that the environmental performance of the can is improved still further,” he concluded.

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