Overall aerosol unit production reached 5.5 billion in 2018, according to figures reported by the European Aerosol Federation (FEA). The organisation revealed this reflects a slight decrease from 2015 to 2017 production numbers. The results showed the UK, Germany and France provide more than 60% of the annual aerosol production in Europe in all areas.
Together with Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, almost 4.7 billion units of aerosols were produced in 2018. In terms of segmentation, 21.4% of aerosols are household products, 57% are personal care products and 21.6% account for other areas including 3.7% in pharmaceutical or chemical aerosol products, 4.45% food/ miscellaneous, 5.33% paints and varnishes and 8.12% automotive and industrial.
The 2018 report showed that deodorants and antiperspirants largely dominate the personal care category. It is estimated that more than 1.8 million units were deodorants or antiperspirants, 449,000 were hairsprays, 360,000 were shaving mousses and gels and 309,000 were hair mousse products. In terms of household aerosol production in Europe, air fresheners largely dominated the sector, with an estimated 623,000 units.
Insecticides and plant protection products amounted to approximately 242,000, furniture waxes and polishes 75,000, textile and fabric care products 41,000, shoe and leather care products 41,000, bathroom and kitchen cleaning mousse 20,000 and oven cleaners 11,800. ‘Other’ aerosol production figures for 2018 include paints and varnishes (including automotive use) at 296,000, industrial and technical products 284,000, pharmaceutical and veterinary products 205,000, automotive products (excluding paints) 166,000 and food products 61,000.
The FEA report also reveals overall aerosol production worldwide (in ‘000,000 units), showing Europe firmly in the lead followed by the US, China, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, South Africa and Australia. The statistics show that China’s aerosol production has almost doubled over the last 10 years, and Brazil’s production has also rapidly increased.