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The metal packaging market - UK

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1.1 Definition and scope of the study

Metal packagings refer to steel and aluminium packagings, such as cans or tins, which preserve foods, hygiene products, beverages, etc.

The metal packaging market is divided into several players: mineral and petrochemical producers (bauxite, soda, carbon), suppliers (steel, aluminium), packaging producers, end users (industry, trade, transport-storage). In this study we cover the latter three categories. 

The global metal packaging industry is expanding in size and sales, amid the attractive features of metals in terms of durability, space efficiency, preservation, and recyclage. Nevertheless, metal packaging holds a fairly small share in overall packaging (12.2%), which implies that the material has great potential for expansion going forward. [all4pack] This development is most likely going to come from developing economies and Asia, where India for example is looking to increase usage of aluminium cans from 5% to some 25% in 2030.

Metal manufacturing revenue in the United Kingdom is relatively volatile. In value terms, the market has stayed more or less the same since 2012, with a dip in 2016 caused by a global crisis in the steel and aluminium industry. Beverage cans dominate production with around 62% of cans produced pertaining to the beverage category.

Recycling is a hot topic in the industry; both steel and aluminium, which makes up the majority of the market for metal packages, especially in cans, have very high recycling rates. In the UK, COVID-19 has proved to be monumental for recycling of aluminium cans in particular; households have embraced more stringent recylcing rates amid the fact that individuals are staying home more and thus consider recylcing aspects to a larger extent.

1.2 The global market is in full bloom

The metal packaging industry is in full bloom; between **** and ****, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of *.*% to reach US$ *** billion by ****.

Global market size for metal packaging World, ****-****, in US$ billion Source: ****

Several factors are driving this demand. First, the intrinsic traits of metal packaging, including ...

1.3 A volatile domestic market

According to the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association, **.* billion metal packages are produced each year in the UK. In the EU the equivalent figure is ** billion units. The UK thus represents **.*% of total production in the EU and UK. 

Below is a breakdown of production per product segment. All figures are taken ...


2.1 2020's packaging awards

This section looks at the UK Metal pack of the year in ****, and the nominated finalists. [***] This provides an overview of which metal packages in cans are currently the most appreciated, both from a suppliers point of view and from the client side. Indeed, design is vital to this industry as ...

2.2 Demand per product category: cans

In ****, the volume of cans manufactured in the UK consisted **% (***) of aluminium. [***] 

The charts below break down what type of can was manufactured the most in **** based on production volume. This helps provide an idea of which categories are in highest demand, since production correlates directly to demand.

Distribution of can ...


3.1 Market overview

Source: ****

Raw material suppliers: Steel is made from iron. It is produced either through the Blast Furnace, made from iron ore and coal (***) which is made from recovered steel. Aluminium is made through two processes: either through the Bayer process of refining the bauxite ore to obtain aluminum oxide, or the ...

3.2 Production

According to *stdirectory there are ** companies registered under the SIC code ***** - Manufacture of light metal packaging, where some company groups have several companies registered under this code. This applies to Ball and Crown for instance.

Moreover, the production price of light metal packages in the UK has increased since **** where ...

3.3 Manufacturing & distribution

According to canmakers there are three major companies which manufacture metal packages in the UK, presented below. Moreover, general can makers and their manufacturing plants are presented.

*no data on the UK in particular

Due to the limited data for metal packaging companies on revenue pertaining to the UK only, ...

3.4 The Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA)

The Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (***) is a UK association. According to the association's website, they "support and represent members’ interests on industry matters related to operational, regulatory and environmental issues."

Below is an overview of the association's revenue development.

MPMA industry revenue United Kingdom, ****-****, in '*** £ Source: ****

From this, we ...


4.1 Product Overview

Below is an overview of the product supply based on descriptions from metalpackagingeurope:

Aerosols: full UV protection and preservation features, which help prevent the ingress of moisture & oxygen. Product stays airtight through a sealable lid, and it has high functionality and durability. Beverage Cans & Bottles: can be adopted for all drinks. ...

4.2 Cost and price analysis

Price index for exports United Kingdom, ****-*****, in index value Source: ****

In ****, the export price index was **.*, meaning export prices decreased by *% compared to the base year of ****. Since export prices have decreased we can assume, ceteris paribus, that foreign demand for British metal packages have decreased. This decrease in demand ...

4.3 Recycling: the edge for the industry

According to MPMA, recycling rates in the UK are relatively high; **% of the steel is recycled, and **% of beverage cans (***). In Europe, the equivalent figures are **.*% and **.*% respectively, giving room to recycling of steel in the UK.

Indeed, the UK seems to treat its' aluminium better than steel. For example, packagingnews ...

4.4 External factors impacting the industry


In January **** the UK invoked Article ** and formally began their withdrawal from the European Union. Economically, and for the metal packaging market, this decision will bear financial complications which could disrupt the industry in the UK. Overall, UNCTAD reports that the UK could lose some $** billion in trade only to ...


5.1 Current Regulation

Although the UK has officially left the European Union, the legislative frameworks which have applied until today fall under that category. Under this legal framework, we find Directive **/**/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste as the core component. This directive was created in **** and has been in force since ****. Some of ...


6.1 Segmentation

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