UK aerosol filling figures up by 5% UK aerosol industry filling figures for 2012 have risen for the third successive year. The latest figures from the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) show a year-on-year increase of 5%—up from 1.3944 billion units filled in 2011 to 1.4647 billion units in 2012. Personal Care products The largest single sector, Anti-Perspirants, Deodorants & Body Sprays, showed strong growth, up 9.5% from 647.6 million units to 708.9 million units. Also within the personal products category, Perfumes & Colognes showed high growth of 73.7%, up from 10 to 17.4 million units year-on-year. BAMA believes the increase in both categories is in part due to the development of overseas export markets. The Suntan & Bronzing sector continued its steady rise and grew by 17.9% from 1.7 million units to two million units. While remaining relatively small, this sector has shown consistent growth since BAMA began reporting it as a new category in 2007. In that first reporting year, the Suntan & Bronzing category comprised 0.9 million units filled in the UK. Ease of use and reliability of the aerosol format for these product categories are thought to be the main growth factors. Hair Products, including mousses and hair-sprays, showed a modest year-on-year growth of 1.1%, bringing the number filled in 2012 to 90.8 million units (up from 89.8 million). The growth, although slower between 2011 and 2012, continues the trend from the mid-2000s following a steady decline from the late-1990s. It is likely that the higher growth in dry shampoos has offset the lack in growth in the traditional areas of hairsprays and mousses. Also in the broad personal care category, Shaving Soaps, Lathers & Creams declined slightly—by -1.7% from 199.6 million to 196.2 million units—a downturn thought in part attributable to changing fashions and a general decline in frequent shaving. Household products Turning to the household sector, the big areas of growth, in percentage terms, were Oven Cleaners, Starches and Hard Surface Cleaners. Oven Cleaner fillings grew by 149.8% from 0.4 to 0.9 million units, returning the sector to the same levels as 2008-2009. Aerosol Starches grew by 16.3% from 4.7 to 5.5 million units showing, perhaps, a plateauing of a general decline noted over several years; ten years ago this sector accounted for 10.3 million units. Hard Surface Cleaners showed strong growth, having increased year-on-year by 53.3%, from 8.5 to 13.1 million units in 2012. The Household Products sector saw an overall reduction of just under 2% yearon year, largely due to a decline in Air Fresheners and Insecticides fillings. Air 24 Spray June 2013 Fresheners were down by 5.7%, although this still remains a major segment of the aerosol market. The 2012 filling figures for this category, showing 172 million units filled last year (down from 182.4 in 2011), does not reflect domestic consumer sales but might in part be due to changing buying patterns across Europe where promotional activities in electronic, plugin devices and candles may account for the decline in aerosol formats in particular. Another area of decline for 2012 UK fillings was the Insecticides category, down 3.7% year-on-year, while Waxes & Polishes also showed a small decline of 4.5%, down from 30.1 million in 2011 to 28.7 million units filled in 2012. Other sectors Although several other sectors showed some very positive growth, one area which went against this trend was Automotive aerosols, in part thought to be accounted for by a slowing of de-icing product sales across Europe. Weather patterns (longer periods of sustained severe weather rather than short periods of frosty conditions) and possible industry de-stocking are thought to be the main factors. The Automotive sector filling figures fell by 23.5% from 42.3 to 32.4 million units.
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