European tube production feels effect of recession


Cosmetics industry is key for tube production recovery

Production of tubes in Europe fell 5.3% in 2009, as reduced consumer consumption and destocking by retailers caused a reduction in demand, according to etma, the body representing European tube manufacturers.

The use of tubes by the cosmetics industry, which represents the largest market for tube manufacture, with a share of about 40%, fell by 8.5% as demand for premium products waned.

Within different tube materials, aluminium tubes exceeded the 4 billion production mark in 2009 but fell by 4.7%. Plastic tubes saw an 11.8% fall in production, while 2.9 billion laminate tubes were produced, a slight decrease of 1%.

"Against this [economic] background and in view of the fact that we have had the worst economic crisis since the Second World War, we can still be satisfied with the overall result in 2009," commented Gregor Spengler, etma secretary general.