Global production of aluminium aerosol cans has grown to reach 7 billion units, according to the latest statistics for 2013.
The International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL) has shown that consumption of these containers grew by 2 per cent despite a slowdown in growth in emerging markets.
Recyclable aluminium now accounts for nearly 50 per cent of the total worldwide output of aerosol cans.
AEROBAL secretary general Gregor Spengler said that the prospects for aluminium aerosol usage where good despite tough conditions in growth markets.
He added: “Of course, in the current economic situation, it is not easy to give a forecast. However, whereas the European market seems comparatively saturated, we continue to see substantial potential for growth in the emerging markets of Asia and South America.
“Disposable per capita income is on the rise. This rise combined with the compelling functionality of this packaging and the resulting growth in its popularity specifically in these regions make us optimistic overall about a promising trend for aerosol cans in the global packaging market.”
About 80 per cent of total production continues to go into cosmetics. But high growth is also being seen in the pharmaceutical and food industries.