Figures just out from the German packaging producers association (GADV; Frankfurt), representing plastics, glass, paper, and metal, report a positive picture where total demand for packaging last year showed generally significant gains. Total packaging production in 2006 rose 5% over the previous year to 17.6 million tonnes, with a value of €27.6 billion—9% higher than in 2005.
The separate packaging sectors last year, however, saw substantially different pictures. Based on value, metal (aluminum, tin, and steel) packaging rose 11%. Yet in tonnage of production, metals only reported 5.6% increase with the smallest amount (1,652,000 tonnes) of total material last year. Glass saw a 0.5% drop in actual tonnage but still reported €1.6 billion in value, an increase of 4.7%.
The largest winner in the German packaging sector was plastics, with 3,807,000 tonnes of production, an 8.5% jump over 2005 and a total value of €12 billion—a 10% increase over the previous year. Plastics make up the largest packaging material today with 43.5% of the market followed by paper and cardboard with 32.2%, metal (18.5%), and finally, glass, with only 5.8%. The GADV board says it expects this positive trend to continue through 2008.[email protected]