The UK aerosol sector has continued to thrive according to figures released by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA). It follows five consecutive years of overall growth.

More than 1.5 billion aerosol cans were filled by UK producers in 2016, 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.

Patrick Heskins, BAMA chief executive, said: “Although the 2016 figures are very slightly lower than the record levels seen in 2015 – less than 1% – the aerosol sector has continued to thrive despite challenging market conditions, demonstrating the strength and resilience of the industry and the continued consumer demand for products in aerosol packs.  

“The 2016 figures also reflect manufacturers’, brands’ and consumers’ recognition of the high quality 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 2016 figures show some small declines in the number of deodorants and antiperspirants filled whilst the number of cans of shaving preparations (gels and foam) showed an increase over 2015.  

Household aerosols accounted for nearly 17% of the total filling volume – over 250 million cans filled – with some small declines in the dominant products such as air fresheners and hard surface cleaners.  The volume of technical aerosols such as paints, automotive products and lubricants remained on par with 2015 with more than 100 million cans filled, equal to 7% of the UK fillings. 

Patrick added: “There was a relatively small but very welcome increase in aerosols being used for medical and veterinary applications in 2016. There is significant potential for growth in these sectors as marketers see the hygiene and convenience benefits of the aerosol packaging format in addition to its sustainability credentials.”

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.

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