Demand for aluminium aerosol cans was down slightly in 2021, according to figures published by the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL).
Global shipments by AEROBAL’s members declined by 1.2% in 2021 to around 5.6 billion units. While the main end-use markets of deodorants remained roughly at the previous year’s level, deliveries to the hair mousses, shaving foams and food markets increased, in some cases by double digits.
In contrast, the hair sprays, sun care and pharmaceutical product segments, as well as disinfectants, household and technical products, were weaker than in the previous year.
The slight decline in shipments was mainly due to lower demand from EU Member States, plus the UK, said AEROBAL. Overall, the North and South American markets were roughly level with 2020, while deliveries to Asia and the Middle East increased, in some cases significantly.
“Demand for sustainable packaging solutions remains high on customers’ agendas,” said AEROBAL’s president, Leopold Werdich. “The manufacturers of aluminium aerosol cans are delivering convincing concepts here.”
For example, the ecological footprint of aluminium aerosol cans is being improved through targeted weight reductions and the use of optimised coating systems. Overall, there is a trend in the market towards less complex can shapes, creating more leeway for weight reductions. The strong sustainability performance of aluminium aerosol cans is rounded off by the “optimum recyclability” of aluminium, AEROBAL noted, which can be recycled almost infinitely without any loss of quality.
The order intake in the first quarter of 2022 so far “bodes well” for manufacturers’ business in the first half of the year, said AEROBAL. Due to the revitalisation of marketing activities on the customer side, increased re-launch activities are being seen in the market. However, the ongoing global Covid pandemic, high energy prices driving inflation and the corresponding loss of consumer purchasing power, and tensions in the supply chain for electronic control partners for machinery are “dampening the industry’s mood”. By far the greatest concern for manufacturers, however, is the war in Ukraine, with accompanying market uncertainty.