US aerosol container production up 3.6% in 2020, says HCPA

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US aerosol container production increased by 3.6% in 2020 compared to 2019, the Household and Commercial Products Association (HCPA) reported.

The figures were published in the HCPA’s 2020 Aerosol Pressurised Products Survey. Now in its 70th year, the survey is designed to report on the unit production of aerosol products, valves, and containers in the US to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the aerosol industry.

The HCPA typically publishes a report of the data, summarising and analysing the information, but could not this year due to limited participation by aerosol fillers.

Every year, manufacturers of aerosol products, containers, and valves are asked to report their production data in various product categories, such as insect sprays, paints and finishes, household products, personal care products and food products. Historically, participation from aerosol fillers has been more than 90%, which allowed the survey committee to estimate the remaining data; however, the large number of non-respondents precluded estimation this year, the HCPA said.

Production of aerosol containers was up 3.6% year over year to 3.752 billion total containers. Of those, 743.6 million were aluminium (up 0.54% from 2019) and 3.009 billion were steel (up 4.38% from 2019).

There were 3.555 billion valves produced in the US in 2020, up 2.69% year over year. In total, 255.3 million bag-on-valve aerosols were produced, up 14.51% year over year.

Due to the limited response, the survey committee cannot provide data for US aerosol unit production, or for total products and specific categories.

“HCPA’s Aerosol Pressurised Products Survey has been an important tool for the aerosol industry over the last 70 years,” said Nicholas Georges, vice president of Scientific & International Affairs at the HCPA.

“This data not only helps companies gauge their overall growth in comparison to the industry, but also identifies trends of aerosol products and component production across the country.

“Unfortunately, this year’s low response rate can be directly attributed to resource constraints and competing priorities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but even with a smaller data set, we were able to glean valuable information.

“From this data, we can infer that aerosol unit production likely increased in the US in 2020 based on the increases in container and valve markets. This shows how important aerosol products are in the consumer and commercial packaged goods spaces.

“Companies can use this information to reassess their sales strategy, plan their production, and determine future investments – all of which will help the aerosol industry grow to new levels.”

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