March 2019

UK breaks aerosol filling record

BAMA reports record high performances in three of the last four years

The British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) revealed that 1.566 billion cans were filled in 2018, an increase of 4.5 million units filled compared to the previous year. The UK aerosol industry has reported record high performances in three of the last four years.

The personal care sector continued to account for the largest volume of products, with antiperspirants still the biggest seller in this sector and across the industry overall. BAMA data shows that 478 million antiperspirants were manufactured in 2018, increasing 2017’s production by 8 million units.

“The industry has exceeded the previous year’s record-high production,” noted Patrick Heskins, BAMA CEO.

“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,” Heskins added.

Industrial, technical and veterinary products saw significant growth, together with other niche household products, such as shoe care products and oven cleaners.

Aluminium cans accounted for 879.7 million products filled, a 3.6% increase over the previous year. Tinplate steel filling fell by 2.58% to 608.1 million.

“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,” concluded Heskins.

“Despite market challenges and an uncertain political landscape, the aerosol industry continues to demonstrate its significance in UK manufacturing and to the wider economy.”