Worldwide deliveries of aluminium aerosol cans increase


The International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL) has reported global shipments by its members increased by 6.6% to just over 3.2 billion units in the first half of 2023.

The market growth is mainly due to demand from the volume-dominant areas of deodorants, hairspray and hair mousses, which each grew by around 8% compared to the same period last year. Demand from the pharmaceutical sector also developed positively, growing by almost 5%. Deliveries to the market for shaving foams were extremely satisfactory, even increasing in the mid-double-digit range. In contrast, demand from the food and household products sectors, which are less important in terms of volume, declined by 2.5% and 12.5% respectively.

Market growth was driven in particular by deliveries to the 27 EU member states including the UK and to South and North America, which rose by a good 11% and 6% respectively. Demand from Asia, Australia and Africa stagnated, while deliveries to the Middle East declined by around 8%.

The topic of sustainability continues to be at the centre of interest throughout the industry and among its customers as the demand for aluminium cans with the highest possible proportion of post-consumer recycled material is lively.

The weakening global economy, persistently high inflation and labour shortages are dampening the mood in the aluminium aerosol can industry, even though demand for aerosol cans is currently still satisfactory.

“In particular ongoing inflation is causing uncertainty among both our member companies and consumers. Companies are facing higher interest rates and investment costs, and consumers are suffering from further loss of purchasing power. Whether these developments will impact the aerosol can industry with full force remains to be seen,” concluded AEROBAL secretary general, Gregor Spengler.

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