Light Metal Packaging Manufacturing in the UK Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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Light metal containers are a common option for packaging beverages and food. Light metal packaging is particularly strong in certain beverage markets where volumes are very high. Manufacturers of light metal packaging compete with alternative packaging (plastic and glass) and must innovate continually to lower their costs and minimise the environmental footprint of their products; this is normally achieved through lower use of harmful materials and frequent recycling. The Light Metal Packaging Manufacturing industry is expected to generate revenue of £1.62 billion in 2012-13, up 0.9% compared with 2011-12. Industry revenue is estimated to increase at an annualised 2.1% over the five years through 2012-13. Slow growth in consumer spending on packaged beverages has affected demand for light metal packaging. In addition, the industry is in tight contest with other industries that offer substitute packaging materials. Revenue is expected to increase slightly over the five years through to 2017-18. The industry will continue to face tough competition from alternative packaging materials, but it will increase the use of innovative materials and applications to help bolster market share and move into new markets, which will promote growth. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Light Metal Packaging Manufacturing industry.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

Innovation will promote growth as industry products compete with substitutes.

Light metal containers are a common option for packaging beverages and food. Packaging is used to protect, preserve and distribute goods while also giving brand owners an opportunity to promote their products. Light metal packaging is particularly strong in certain beverage markets where volumes are very high. Manufacturers of light metal packaging compete with alternative packaging (plastic and glass) and must innovate continually to lower their costs and minimise the environmental footprint of their products; this is normally achieved through lower use of harmful materials and frequent recycling.

The Light Metal Packaging Manufacturing industry is expected to generate revenue of £1.62 billion in 2012-13, up 0.9% compared with 2011-12. The domestic market for light metal packaging is estimated to total £1.62 billion in 2012-13, up 0.8% compared with the previous year. Industry revenue is estimated to increase at an annualised 2.1% over the five years through 2012-13. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Nigel Fitzpatrick, “slow growth in consumer spending on packaged beverages has affected demand for light metal packaging”. In addition, the industry is in tight contest with other industries that offer substitute packaging materials.

Revenue is expected to increase slightly over the five years through to 2017-18. Fitzpatrick adds, “the industry will continue to face tough competition from alternative packaging materials, but it will increase the use of innovative materials and applications to help bolster market share and move into new markets, which will promote growth”. IBISWorld forecasts that consumer spending will be weak in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and this will weigh down on beverage sales and associated packaging demands.

Four companies dominate the manufacture of metal containers for beverage companies in the United Kingdom. Concentration in other product segments is at a lower level, but is increasing. Across the Light Metal Packaging Manufacturing industry, the four largest participants are expected to account for about 74% of industry revenue in 2012-13, indicating that the industry has a high level of market share concentration. Major companies include Crown Packaging, Ball Packaging Europe & Rexam.

For more information on the Light Metal Packaging Manufacturing industry, including latest industry trends, statistics, analysis and market share information, purchase the full report from IBISWorld, the nation’s largest publisher of industry research.

IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry manufactures metallic enclosures, tins, cans, collapsible tubes and boxes used to store and hold food and drink.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalisation & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld
Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on many UK industries. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in London, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.co.uk or call (020) 3008 6568.

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