Current Status of Aluminum Foil in Package Industry
In recent years, China's packaging industry is rising at high speed, and there are endless new types of packaging materials. Especially the application of aluminum foil in the packaging industry has increasingly shown the superior performance of the aluminium foil, and form a market in this industry, open new space for increment. With the rapid development of the global packaging industry, the packaging has become an important pillar industry of the developed countries. In the United States, the packaging has become the third largest industry and packaging has already become the seventh largest industry in Europe. Furthermore, the development of the global packaging industry greatly boosts the consumption of aluminum foil making packaging industry become the largest application consumption market. According to the statistics of European Aluminum Foil Industry Association, more than 70% of the aluminum foils are used in various types of packaging products in Europe. This ratio in the United States is up to 75% and 70% in Japan, and the aluminum foil used in food packaging account for 30% of the consumption.
Usages of Aluminum Foil Package
In modern packaging, almost all the barrier layers of opaque or the barrier composite products are made from aluminum foil, and the most widely used is plastic aluminium composite packaging. Aluminum-plastic composite cans material is made from aluminum foil and plastic film and kraft board, it can be processed into various shapes, with the characteristics of non-toxic, tasteless, and non-polluting and it can be recycled. It is the replacement of the tinplate, canning, cooking pot and other liquid packaging container which are widely used in market, particularly for frozen foods and simply food packaging. Aluminum-plastic composite hose is composited by aluminum foil, plastic or resin, and then made into tubular semi-rigid packaging products by pipe equipment, it is mainly used for paste, gel-like product packaging, such as toothpaste, creams, cosmetics. Aluminum-plastic composite hose has isolated nature with clean and beautiful appearance, and it is difficult to break down. In Europe, the U.S. and Japan and other developed countries have more than 90% of the toothpaste plastic composite hose packaging while this packing ratio is less than 5% in China. Annual domestic consumption of plastic composite hose is about 5,000 tons, with the development of this emerging market, and the consumption of aluminum foil in this field will get rapid development.
Future Development of Aluminum Foil
Industry experts expect that aluminum foil’s annual demand in packaging will reach 25 million tons at the end of "Eleventh Five-Year", which will be 1.3 times of the current packaging which is made from aluminum foil. In the next few years, the growth rate of the packaging foil will greatly exceed the growth rate of the use of our air conditioning, decoration and cable aluminum foil.
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