More than 1.5 billion aerosol cans were filled by UK producers in 2018, the personal care sector accounting for over 1.1 billion cans (72%). In addition to deodorant, hair spray and dry shampoo, the diverse range of products filled included household items such as air freshener and polish, industrial and automotive aerosols and OTC medical products.


Although the 2018 figures are only slightly higher than the 2017 ones, they are proof that the aerosol sector has continued to thrive despite challenging market conditions, reflecting the strength and resilience of the industry and the continued consumer demand for products in aerosol packaging. 


The 2018 figures also reflect retailers’ and consumers’ recognition of the covenience and integrity of the aerosol packaging format. Aerosols remain the choice for millions of consumers across an increasingly diverse product range, on a daily basis.


Overall, the 2018 figures show a minimal increase in the deodorants and antiperspirants categories, whilst the highest growth was registered in veterinary products and in niche products such as oven cleaners. Personal care appears still dominated by the deodorants/antiperspirant sector, which hovers around the 800m cans mark, it also shows a surprising peak in the filling of suntan and bronzing products, which went from less than 3m cans in 2017, to over 5m.


Household aerosols accounted for 17.3% of the total filling volume – over 272 million cans filled – with a small decline in the dominant products such as air fresheners and a more marked contraction in furniture polishes, which fell by 3m units to around 17m.


The volume of technical aerosols such as paints, automotive products and lubricants, saw a market increase, with the automotive alone reaching nearly 40m cans filled.


Made primarily with high grade metal and recognised as widely recyclable, aerosols help to avoid product contamination and deterioration, as well as waste, dispensing the needed quantity in the right place, accurately and without mess.


The UK is the third largest filler in the world after the USA and China.