Global production of aluminium aerosol cans fell in 2019 after years of stable growth, according to the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL).
A ‘generally weaker’ global economy in 2019 was to blame for the drop in production, according to AEROBAL. Global production decreased from the previous year’s record level of more than six billion cans to almost 5.8 billion, representing a drop of 3.7%.
Despite the decrease, AEROBAL’s secretary-general Gregor Spengler remains optimistic. He said: “Given the very difficult economic environment, this is a rather moderate decline compared with other industries, and it follows record results in recent years.
“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.
“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.”
According to AEROBAL, looking at the biggest markets for aluminium aerosol cans supports Spengler’s assessment. Sales of deodorants bucked the trend and increased by 2.4%. The pharmaceutical market also maintained its above-average growth with an increase of almost 6%. In contrast, traditional markets such as hair care and household products, as well as technical applications, recorded ‘significant’ declines.
The European market proved to be a stabilising factor in 2019. AEROBAL revealed that shipments declined by 2.8% year-on-year, while markets in North and South America and Asia, which have previously performed better, suffered greater declines in 2019; 5.2% in the Americas and 8.4% in Asia. Markets in the Middle East performed ‘extremely well’, according to the organisation, albeit at a low level.
Overall, AEROBAL has suggested that it is difficult to predict what will happen in the aluminium aerosol market in 2020 due to a challenging global economic situation and the threat of Covid-19 or Coronavirus and its impact on supply chains and consumer behaviour.