European Tube Industry remains stable

The manufacturers of aluminium, plastic and laminate tubes belonging to the European Tube Manufacturers Association (etma) achieved 1% growth during last year. The output of etma members in 2013 totalled almost 10.5 billion tubes, thus confirming the stable upward trend in place since 2010. Market growth is slightly higher than the growth rates for the European gross domestic product, European industrial production, and private consumption.

Market shares for individual categories of tubes have also been extremely stable. Aluminium tubes account for 40 per cent of the total European production output. They are followed by laminate tubes and plastic tubes with nearly equal market shares of about 30 per cent each. Most tubes are supplied to the cosmetic industry; more than 40 per cent of the total output goes to this sector. The dental-care and pharmaceutical markets come next, with a share of just over 20 per cent each. Food accounts for nearly 10 per cent whereas products for the household and for industrial and technical applications make up the remaining share of about 5 per cent.


Brückner Group acquires PackSys

The Brückner Group (Siegsdorf, Germany), manufacturer of lines and components for the production and processing of plastic films, acquired all shares of PSG – PackSys Global (Zürich, Switzerland), a well known manufacturer of equipments and complete lines for aluminum, plastic and laminate tubes, metal and plastic closures and monobloc aerosol cans, as well as dry offset printing systems which can be integrated into production lines for tubes, metal caps and cans. PSG has a primary R&D center in Switzerland, manufacturing and assembly bases in Switzerland and Thailand as well as a software development centre in India. With around 300 employees in those countries PSG will have, in the fiscal year ending March 2011, consolidated sales of approx. CHF 70 Mio. The Brückner Group includes Brückner Maschinenbau (film stretching and specialty film lines), Brückner Servtec (technical services) and Kiefel (joining and forming machines for the automotive, medical, refrigerator and packaging industries).

Tube upswing through creativity

Innovative design and novel printing technologies are major factors to strengthen the tube’s position in the packaging market. Etma, the European Tube Makers Association reports several examples.

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Strong upward surge in European tube production

image_thumb[2]The European tube industry has got off to a flying start this year following the dent in demand in 2009. In the first half of 2010, total production by etma’s member companies rose 12 per cent to 5.5 billion tubes.

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