Statistics announced by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) reveal 1.566 billion cans were filled in 2018, an increase of 4.5million units filled compared to the previous year.
It is another exceptional year for the industry, which has reported record high performance in three of the last four years.
The personal care sector continues to account for the largest volume of products, with anti-perspirants still the biggest seller in this sector and across the industry overall. BAMA data shows that 478m anti-perspirants were manufactured in 2018, increasing the 2017 production by 8million units.
Patrick Heskins, BAMA chief executive, said: “‘The industry has exceeded the previous year’s record-high production. This is an outstanding result, especially when placed in the context of challenging market conditions and one of the most difficult festive trading periods in the last decade.
“Aerosols continue to provide a convenient solution for billions of consumers’ daily routines, and while personal care items dominate the filling figures, we have seen impressive growth in a number of sectors, including medical and pharmaceuticals.”
Industrial, technical and veterinary products saw a significant growth, together with other niche household products, such as shoe care products and oven cleaners.
Made primarily with high grade metal and recognised as widely recyclable, aerosols help to avoid product damage and degradation as well as waste, dispensing the right quantities in the right place, accurately with no mess.
Aluminium continued to be the packaging material of choice for most products, with 879.7m products filled. This was a 3.6% increase on the previous year. As such, tinplate filling fell by 2.58% to 608.1m.
Patrick added: “UK Aerosol filling saw a very small dip in 2016 after record levels were reported in 2015, and since then, industry has continued to return strong figures. Despite market challenges and an uncertain political landscape, the aerosol industry continues to demonstrate its significance in UK manufacturing and to the wider economy.”