The global aluminum barrier laminate market is expected to observe steady growth in the forthcoming years. Aluminum barrier laminate (ABL) tubes are cylindrical, hollow pieces made from plastic with a layer of aluminum. One end of the tube is sealed, and the other end consists of an orifice for dispensing the fluid product. The orifices are shaped in numerous shapes and sizes including round, nozzle shaped among others according to the requirements. This orifice can be closed by various types of caps including stand up caps, closures, and nozzles among others. Aluminum barrier laminate tubes are widely utilized by manufacturers of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food among others for packaging numerous viscous fluids including paint, toothpaste, caulk, adhesive, and ointments among others. The laminate of an aluminum barrier laminate tube consists of seven layers made from different materials including polyethylene two-layer, co-polymer, alfoil, co-polymer, and polyethylene two-layer. The aluminum foil provides a barrier from moisture, light, volatile chemicals, and oils.
Plastic is widely used by the packaging industry owing to its properties and versatility. However, the negative effects on the environment have always hampered the markets that are directly or indirectly linked to the plastic industry. Rising awareness of the negative effects has resulted in the implementation of stringent regulations to regulate the processing and production of plastic. The majority of countries are implementing numerous regulations to reduce environmental effects. As a result, numerous market players are investing to find alternatives to plastic with less or no environmental damage. Some of the products that are currently used as an alternative to plastic are plant-based plastics, mushroom roots, shower-friendly paper, and wood pulp cellophane among others. In addition to this, the growing trend of collecting recyclable plastics is also observed globally which is expected to bolster the demand for aluminum barrier laminate tubes.
Aluminum is highly malleable and is conveniently used to produce packaging solutions. Aluminum barrier laminate tubes consist of a layer of aluminum foil which offers a barrier to the end product and prevents it from spoilage. The production of aluminum barrier laminate tubes involves the use of aluminum foils of required thickness layered between multiple layers of plastic to form a laminate, which is then rolled to form a hollow, cylindrical shape which is further transformed into an aluminum barrier laminate tube.
Aluminum barrier laminate tubes are available in the market in different sizes ranging from 3ml to 300ml. The aluminum barrier laminate tubes market is expected to witness healthy growth owing to increasing consumer preference for sustainable, safe, and convenient packaging solutions globally. In addition, the rising need for hygiene, most notably in the pharmaceutical space necessitates the employment of these tubes.
An increasing number of health care initiatives including campaigns, promotions, and health awareness programs are observed globally owing to rising instances of chronic diseases including atherosclerosis, heart diseases, obesity, and diabetes among others. In addition, rising disposable income coupled with busy routines has led to consumers adopting unhealthy and carefree lifestyles augmenting the demand for pharmaceutical products including laminate tubes among others.
The Aluminum barrier laminate tubes market is expected to grow further owing to the demand for small-sized packaging solutions in cosmetics and personal care industry. Aluminum barrier laminate tubes are sustainable packaging solutions and easy to use which are produced in various sizes. The market is expected to witness resistance from sachets which are easily available in small sizes.
The Aluminum barrier laminate tubes market is segmented on the basis of cap type and end-use industries which is further segmented across major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa. The aluminum barrier laminate (ABL) tubes market is expected to grow significantly in emerging economies including China, India, and Japan among others.
The increasing choice of purchasing goods online has expanded various businesses by increasing the penetration and reach which, in turn, has influenced the demand for aluminum barrier tubes in the past decade. The e-commerce market is witnessing growth across the world on account of technological advancement and higher consumer adoption rates. A large number of global players including Alibaba, Amazon, Flipkart, and eBay among others are offering their products all over the world. Traditional hypermarket giants such as Walmart, D-mart, and Tesco have also started e-commerce services on account of the growing acceptance of these channels. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, e-commerce continues to grow at a remarkable pace in the U.S. putting pressure on the retail market. In 2015, the e-commerce industry grew by 14.6% while total retail sales grew by 1.5%.
Increasing access to the internet along with internet penetration especially in emerging economies has resulted in market expansion and offers huge potential for manufacturers of aluminum barrier laminate tubes to expand their businesses by tapping the unexplored markets.
The aluminum barrier laminate tubes market is described by the presence of both global and domestic players. However, the market is highly fragmented by a large number of players across the regions. From a manufacturing standpoint, the recycling of plastic and aluminum helps reduce the overall cost of production (aluminum barrier laminate tubes), thereby creating growth opportunities for market players. Some of the key industry participants include The Berry Global Group, Inc., Amcor Limited, CCL Industries, Essel Propack Limited, Montebello Packaging Inc., Hoffmann Neopac AG, Tubapack A.S., and Albea Group among others.
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