Production of aluminium aerosol cans has only decreased slightly, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, although manufacturers should expect a further decline in demand in the second half of the year.
According to the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL) recorded a relatively moderate decline in the global production of aluminium cans of almost 2% for the first half of 2020. Compared to most other industrial sectors, the industrial sectors, the industry is still doing ‘relatively well’, according to AEROBAL.
Gregor Spengler, secretary-general of AEROBAL, said he was “quite satisfied” with the results. “The very moderate minus represents a rather good result in view of the highly insecure markets with extremely cautious customers and consumers,” said Spengler.
“Under the impression of the corona-related lockdowns and restricted in public life with all their consequences for consumption we would have expected worse results.
“Instead, especially in this crisis, the value of a reliable and safe packaging material such as the aluminium aerosol can, which industry and consumers alike trust has been impressively demonstrated. In addition, our member companies have remarkably proven their convincing performance and delivery capabilities under extremely difficult conditions.”
Despite the positive results, AEROBAL said the pandemic has left its mark on markets that are important to the industry. Lower consumer incomes and concerns over the future have caused the demand for high-priced cosmetic products to shrink.
The organisation said imposed curfews and reduced contacts in the professional and social sectors have resulted in lower demand for products such as deodorants and perfumes, hair care products, and other cosmetics. This “noticeable decline” in the wide-ranging cosmetics market could not be offset by the boom in disinfects and hygiene products, according to AEROBAL.
Markets in Asia and Oceania were “particularly weak” in a global comparison in the first half of 2020. In contrast, the European markets only declined slightly. Demand in North and South America remained largely stable, while the Middle East posted slight gains.
AEROBAL president Leopold Werdich said: “Regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, the strong trend towards sustainable packaging solutions is unbroken.
“Even in times of the pandemic, the climate crisis is omnipresent. Legislators around the world have accordingly tightened environmental regulations and recycling quotas. In addition, major brand owners have committed themselves to politics and society with ambitious sustainability goals.
“With numerous innovations, AEROBAL members provide concrete examples that valuable aluminium aerosol cans have advantages over many other packaging materials in terms of sustainability. Therefore, I hope that, due to these developments, more stability will come into our markets again from next year, and that there will be improved planning security for can manufacturers.”