European tube production stable in first half of 2018
The European tube market was particularly stable in the first half of 2018 according to the European tube manufacturers association (etma). 5.6 billion tubes were produced during the six month period, equalling the levels of the same period the previous year (when the production of new member companies is taken into account).
Gregor Spengler, etma’s Secretary General, concluded that the half-year’s figures show the tube is heading along a path of success again in 2018 given that the orders for aluminium, plastic and laminate tubes at the beginning of the second half of the year are regarded as being satisfactory across the board.
In the first half of 2018 there were light gains for laminate and plastic tubes, which was attributed primarily to demand from the cosmetics markets, while the decline in demand for aluminium tubes is due to some hair colouring products switching to laminate tubes.
The European tube industry is also well placed to meet future demands regarding sustainability. The discussion concerning the growing pollution of the seas by plastic waste in particular has led to numerous brand manufacturers and retailers worldwide adopting far-reaching voluntary commitments. According to these, only recyclable or reusable packaging will be used from 2025 onwards. In addition, the fraction of recycled material in plastic packaging shall be increased further.
This could be the reason why for some time, European tube makers have been developing innovative solutions in co-operation with their clients in order to further optimise the tube from a sustainability point of view and to make it an even more eco-friendly and resource-conserving packaging solution with the ambitious sustainability goals and legal requirements in mind.