Sales of aerosols in UK in 2020 exceed expectations

Production of canned aerosol products exceeded expectations in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) which represents the industry in the UK.

Overall production remained above 1.5 billion units – just 1.3 per cent down on 2019 figures – as the aerosol industry adapted to the constraints and changing consumer demands caused by the pandemic, the BAMA reported following an analysis of its annual filling survey.

According to BAMA, hard surface cleaners grew by 255 per cent, from 14 million units in 2019 to more than 50m in 2020. Veterinary products also saw growth of 170 per cent. Meanwhile, an unusually warm spring last year pushed up demand for insecticides, with demand increasing by 40 per cent. However, hairspray sales were down by nearly 5 per cent and other cosmetic products, such as suntan and bronzing sprays, declined by two-thirds.

One of the largest sectors, antiperspirants, also decreased by nearly 16 per cent in 2020. However, body sprays partially compensated for this decline by gaining 7.6 per cent and reaching a total output of 353m units. Sales of shaving products declined by 6.5 per cent compared with 2019.

Export volumes from UK aerosol manufacturers continue to be strong, both to the EU and around the world. BAMA said it is looking forward to seeing this continuous growth in the coming years, following new trade deals by the UK government.

The news from BAMA follows a report in February from the International Organization of Aluminum Aerosol Container Manufacturers (Aerobal), which recorded that global shipments of aluminium aerosol cans dropped by 1.7 per cent in 2020 to 5.7bn units compared with the previous year.