Global aluminium aerosol can production slipped in 2019

Despite growth in the aluminium aerosol can business’s largest sector, deodorants, global production slipped last year.

This follows years of stable growth, says Aerobal, the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers, and is a result of a weaker global economy.

Global production fell from the previous year’s record of more than six billion cans to almost 5.8bn, representing a decline of 3.7 per cent.

Aerobal’s secretary general Gregor Spengler said he was not overly concerned.

“Given the very difficult economic environment, this is a rather moderate decline compared with other industries, and it follows record results in recent years,” he said.

“Thanks to aluminium’s outstanding properties, its excellent recyclability and its high intrinsic value, coupled with its extremely good record in terms of sustainability, aerosol cans made from the light metal have been able to maintain the strong role they play in the global packaging market.

“And we will continue to strengthen this position because of the unique benefits aluminium aerosol cans offer, especially as our members are at the forefront when it comes to developing promising innovations such as new alloys. That’s why I’m confident about the future despite the dip in demand last year.”

While production of cans used for deodorants grew by 2.4 per cent and those for pharmaceuticals by 6 per cent, those for markets such as hair care, household products and technical applications recorded significant declines, said Spengler.

In Europe, shipments declined 2.8 per cent year-on-year, but in the Americas and Asia, which have performed better in recent years, suffered largest declines, of 5.2 per cent and 8.4 per cent respectively.

“It is more than difficult to make a reliable forecast for 2020 due to the continuing difficult global economic situation and the spread of the corona virus and its impact on supply chains and consumer behaviour,” said Spengler.