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Aluminum Cans - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2019 - 2029

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  • 120 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5026106
The Aluminum Cans Market size is estimated at USD 51.20 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 63.90 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.53% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Key Highlights

  • Aluminum cans offer long-term food quality preservation benefits. Aluminum cans deliver nearly 100% protection against light, oxygen, moisture, and other contaminants. Aluminum cans do not rust and are corrosion-resistant, providing one of the most extended shelf lives considering any packaging.
  • The rising application of aluminum cans in the food and beverage industry can be attributed to their protective properties, sustainability advantages, and consumer convenience. This trend is expected to continue as both manufacturers and consumers recognize the benefits associated with aluminum packaging. Aluminum can be the most recycled material on earth, with around a 100% recyclability rate. Aluminium does not decay throughout the recycling process; thus, it can be recycled numerous times. Recycling aluminum saves millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, energy, power, and transportation fuel. Producing aluminum cans using recycled materials uses less than 5% of the energy required to produce new aluminum cans from Bauxite.
  • Aluminum cans have a higher recycling rate and more recycled content than competing package types. According to the Aluminum Association, it's one of the most recycled materials on the market. In April 2022, Ball Corporation partnered with Recycle Aerosol LLC to boost the recycling rates of aluminum aerosol cans in the United States. The collaboration increases aerosol can recycling and establishes a closed-loop system in which used cans are recycled into new aerosol cans. The production of aluminum goods from recycled aluminum is energy- and carbon-efficient. Because the alloys used to make aluminum aerosols are of high purity, there are efficiency improvements that also lessen the demand for virgin aluminum when they are mainly derived from recycled aluminum aerosol bottles and cans.
  • However, aluminum can packaging faces high competition from alternative packaging solutions. Plastic, paper, and glass packaging solutions are the alternative packaging options available in the industry. Also, the increasing importance of e-commerce worldwide is expected to influence the overall packaging industry. Moreover, incremental enhancements in plastic packaging are posing a threat to the market, which can primarily be allocated to the popularity of plastics, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), as substitutes. PET plastics threaten to displace aluminum can solutions in the food and beverage sector.
  • Meanwhile, consumer trends, such as a preference for small-size and multi-pack packaging formats, support the volume growth of aluminum cans, especially for the ready-to-eat food segment. Hence, most companies across emerging regions offer mini-cans, which usually contain smaller volumes of products at less cost than traditional canned products. For instance, food innovations in canned seafood in Southeast Asia are witnessing significant growth.
  • Further, as COVID-19 swept across the world, all industries were affected majorly due to disruption in the supply chains and government-imposed lockdowns in the wake of controlling its spread. Also, the war between Russia and Ukraine resulted in economic sanctions against several countries, high commodity prices, supply chain disruptions, and impacts on many markets worldwide, and caused trade disruptions in the industry. War pushed European aluminum companies to cut production, leading to metal shortages. Commodity traders are competing for scarce profits from shipping aluminum from China as the war in Ukraine has created severe shortages for European manufacturers who rely on Russian supplies. Europe has experienced a surge in energy costs.

Aluminum Cans Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Canned Foods and Beverage Driven by Cost and Convenience-Related Advantages

  • Younger populations and individual living consumers are consuming more canned food and beverages. These users have less time and are budget restrained, thus, opting for products with lower costs and higher convenience. Changing lifestyles in developing countries worldwide and the growing rate of urbanization is resulting in consumers opting for easy-to-cook food. Moreover, with the shrinking size of the family, along with the changing patterns in lifestyle, the declining amount of time spent on the preparation of meals and consumption at home is leading to the shift toward more processed, frozen, and pre-prepared foods in which canned foods are the most common form of packaging.
  • Aluminum Cans are most widely used for beverages, with the most notable trend of canned wine, cocktails, hard beverages, and soft beverages being packaged in metal, driven by the need for portability in the market. The usage of metal cans in the beverage industry can be widely classified into alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks based on the nature of the beverage. Alcoholic drinks, such as beer, have historically used metal cans, while other kinds of liquor, like wine, traditionally served in glass bottles, are increasingly adopting metal cans.
  • Due to their portability and ease of use, cans are trendy among millennials and GenZ. Additionally, manufacturers are launching the product in can packaging because their design is popular with young people. For instance, 11.582 billion cans of Red Bull were sold worldwide in 2022. This represents an increase of 18.1%. From EUR 7.816 billion (USD 8.52 billion) to EUR 9.684 billion (USD 9.29 billion), group revenue increased by 23.9%.
  • Aluminum cans are preferred for food packaging for various reasons, including heat-conductivity, hygiene, and safety, which has made it a convenient choice for the domestic and industrial sectors; owing to this, aluminum cans are widely used in the food industry for the packaging of meat and seafood, fruits and vegetables, ready meals, pet food, soups and condiments, and others. Such a broad end-user market creates significant demand for aluminum cans catering to the food industry. Also, aluminum is extensively used in food contact materials because aluminum-containing food contact materials are an anthropogenic source of dietary aluminum.
  • Also, the focus on stockpiling food with long shelf life, owing to the change in consumer behavior as a result of the pandemic, has contributed to the rise in the usage of aluminum cans for packaging food and is expected to leave a long-lasting positive impact on the growth of the studied market. Canned fish sales have boomed since the lockdown period in Europe, particularly in fish-loving Southern European nations such as Spain, France, and Italy. According to Statistics Norway, the consumer price index (CPI) of canned fish in Norway increased in the past few years from 111.4 points in 2018 to 125.3 points in 2022.
  • Initiatives by environmental groups and public awareness about the environment have increased awareness among users worldwide. Consumers are increasingly abandoning plastic usage, whereas the demand for recycled products is growing. As a result, it is creating a high demand for metal-packaged products, including aluminum cans.

North America to Hold a Significant Share in the Market

  • North America holds the largest market share in revenue due to growing concerns regarding using and consuming sustainable packaging materials. It accounts for over one-third of the total global consumption of aluminum cans.
  • There has been a steady growth in products such as sodas, energy drinks, sparkling waters, and, increasingly, craft brew beers. Aluminum cans are one of the most sustainable beverage packages and are infinitely recyclable. They also chill quickly, providing a superior metal canvas to print and, more importantly, protecting the flavor and integrity of your favorite beverages.
  • Moreover, the demand for aerosol cans is anticipated to rise along with the personal care sector's expansion in the United States. The growth of the personal care business is primarily related to consumers' increased disposable income and ability to purchase luxury goods. Aerosols are utilized in several personal care products. Thus, the market is projected to profit from their rising sales.
  • Additionally, the higher production demands of deodorants/antiperspirants led to the installation of an increasing number of production lines in North America over the past few years. North America accounts for a significant share of the market studied due to the increasing demand from the personal care segment, spanning products of various types, such as deodorants, antiperspirants, hair mousses, hair sprays, shaving mousses, etc. For instance, according to the US Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS) data, 298.7 million Americans used deodorants/antiperspirants in 2020. This figure is projected to increase to 306.04 million in 2024.
  • Also, as Canada recovered from the pandemic, the Government of Canada provided assistance to its businesses. The government claimed that it was vital to foster a strong and lasting economic recovery by investing in innovation, which could allow the country to achieve its potential for low-carbon growth. The government is expected to invest heavily in helping Canada's aluminum industry eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. They said that zero-carbon aluminum smelting was the kind of innovation thatthat would help meet Canada's economic and climate change objectives.
  • Aluminum cans have a higher recycling rate and more recycled content than competing package types. According to the Aluminum Association, it's one of the most recycled materials on the market. Recycling saves more than 90% of the energy required to produce new metal, reducing production costs. In the United States, two aluminum cans are recycled for every three cans shipped across the region.
  • Additionally, in April 2022, Ball Corporation announced its strategic partnership with Recycle Aerosol LLC to enhance aluminum aerosol can recycling rates in the United States. The collaboration increases aerosol can recycling and establishes a closed-loop system in which used cans are recycled into new aerosol cans. Utilizing recycled aluminum to manufacture aluminum products is very energy and carbon efficient.

Aluminum Cans Industry Overview

The aluminum cans market is highly fragmented, owing to the presence of various global and local industry players. Some major players are Ball Corporation, Crown Holdings, Inc, Silgan Holdings Inc, Silgan Holdings Inc, and Ardagh Group S.A. Vendors in this market participate based on product portfolio, differentiation, and pricing.

In January 2023, CANPACK, a manufacturer of sustainable packaging solutions, joined the Aluminium Recycling Coalition, established in Dubai by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA). CANPACK has a significant aluminum can manufacturing facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This Alliance, which brings together key players in the UAE's beverage, waste, and aluminum sectors, teaches people how to reuse used beverage jars most effectively to increase aluminum recycling rates.

In December 2022, Crown Holdings, Inc. announced a collaboration with Aquarius, a refreshing beverage brand produced by Coca-Cola and its dedicated print and reprographics studio, on an intelligent and engaging promotional campaign in Spain. In contrast, Aquarius was available in standard 330ml aluminum cans. This sustainable packaging format advanced a Circular Economy and helped minimize the raw materials required to be sourced from the Earth via its infinite recyclability.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4 Threat of Substitute products
4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.4 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the industry
5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 High Recyclability Rates of Aluminum Cans
5.1.2 Increasing Demand for Canned Foods driven by Cost and Convenience-related Advantages
5.2 Market Restraints
5.2.1 Availability of Alternative Packaging Solutions
6.1 By Type
6.1.1 Slim
6.1.2 Sleek
6.1.3 Standard
6.1.4 Other Types
6.2 By End-user Industry
6.2.1 Beverage
6.2.2 Food
6.2.3 Aerosol
6.2.4 Other End-user Industries
6.3 By Geography
6.3.1 North America United States Canada
6.3.2 Europe United Kingdom Germany France Spain Rest of Europe
6.3.3 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Thailand Rest of Asia-Pacific
6.3.4 Latin America Brazil Mexico Rest of Latin America
6.3.5 Middle East and Africa United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle East & Africa
7.1 Company Profiles*
7.1.1 Ball Corporation
7.1.2 Ardagh Group S.A.
7.1.3 Crown Holdings Inc.
7.1.4 Silgan Holdings Inc.
7.1.6 CCL Container Inc. (CCL Industries Inc.)
7.1.7 Tecnocap Group
7.1.8 Saudi Arabia Packaging Industry WLL (SAPIN)
7.1.9 Massilly Holding SAS
7.1.10 CPMC HOLDINGS Limited (COFCO Group)

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ball Corporation
  • Ardagh Group
  • Crown Holdings Inc.
  • Silgan Holdings Inc.
  • CCL Container Inc. (CCL Industries Inc.)
  • Tecnocap Group
  • Saudi Arabia Packaging Industry WLL (SAPIN)
  • Massilly Holding SAS
  • CPMC HOLDINGS Limited (COFCO Group)