AEROBAL discusses the rise of the aerosol

As recently reported, Aerosol cans are on the rise. The industry has reported positive results for 2014 and production grew again last year by 4% to 7.6 billion cans.

The companies that are members of AEROBAL, the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers, account for about 70% of total production worldwide. Gregor Spengler, secretary general of Düsseldorf-based AEROBAL, says, “Disproportionately high growth compared with almost all important global economic indicators demonstrates the excellent performance of aluminium aerosol cans in the packaging market worldwide. At the same time, this success is impressive proof of the unique benefits of aluminium as a material. It is not without good reason that about half of all aerosol containers produced worldwide today are made from aluminium. And the opportunities for the aluminium can are far from being exhausted.”

Every second aluminium aerosol can produced and used worldwide contains a deodorant or an antiperspirant. 80% of all aluminium cans produced go the cosmetics market, 5% of the aluminium cans are supplied to the pharmaceutical sector, the household products sector uses about 10%, and only about 2% of all cans are used today in the food sector.

“This must not necessarily stay that way for ever,” says Gregor Spengler. “There will be new potential for growth particularly in the fields of pharmacy and medicine due to higher hygiene standards and improved primary health care across the board. And I definitely see opportunities for growth in the food and household products sectors as well as a result of innovative products and ideas.”

AEROBAL president Giorgio Aliprandi says, “It is difficult to make a reliable forecast, of course, because of the numerous political trouble spots around the world. The global markets remain fragile and exchange rate fluctuations on the currency markets harbour additional risks.

“Our member companies are facing considerable challenges as a result of ever-smaller batch sizes, ever-shorter delivery times and the trend to zero stock-keeping on the part of the clients. So far we have been able to master this, though, by means of innovations and flexibility, optimised logistics and increased productivity. I’m sure that we will be able to achieve this in future, too. And new demands also bring ever more novel solutions and opportunities for innovative and flexible manufacturing technologies. In future, a sustained trend towards smaller order quantities and more pronounced individualisation of products and end users will favour the use of digital printing and other flexible printing and refining processes.”

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