News

European Tube Industry Continues Expanding

April 2014 The manufacturers of aluminium, plastic and laminate tubes belonging to the European Tube Manufacturers Association (etma) managed once more to achieve growth of one per cent...  more ›

YOUR TUBE AWARD

September 2013 YOUR TUBE AWARD: A dazzling appearance for the aluminium tube Staging the "International Aluminium Tube Design Award" for the second time, the European Tube...  more ›

100 years aluminium tubes

August 2013 Aluminium tube celebrates centenary: Unique success story began in 1913 Exactly one hundred years ago a new technical development made the industrial scale production...  more ›

etma Tube of the Year 2013 competition

July 2013 etma Tube of the Year 2013 competition Jury focuses on print, design and application   The winners of this year's etma Tube of the Year competition were again...  more ›

Growth in European tube industry bucks trend

March 2013 Growth in European tube industry bucks trend Total production again well over ten billion tubes The member companies of etma, the European tube manufacturers association,...  more ›

etma Tube of the Year 2012 competition

July 2012 etma Tube of the Year 2012 competition: Impressive designs and real innovations This year’s winners in the etma Tube of the Year competition were chosen in...  more ›

Change of leadership at etma: Members elect new president

 June 2012 Change of leadership at etma: Members elect new president Brussels / Düsseldorf. Dr Monika Kopra-Schäfer (Linhardt) is the new president of...  more ›

New service for packaging professionals from etma

May 2012 First issue of Tubes & TRENDS with news and innovations from tube industry   The european tube manufacturers association, etma, has intensified...  more ›


 


History

1841: Invention of the tube by John Rand (US Patent 2252)

1855: First piece of aluminium shown at the World Exhibition in Paris

1858: Production of tin tubes for painting inks by Mr. Richard (France). Later also tin-
            coated lead tubes or lead (alloy) tubes were produced.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1886: First trials to fill tubes with toothpaste

1887: F. A. Sarg (Austria) launches toothpaste “Kalodont” in tubes

1896: Colgate introduces the tube on the dentifrice market on a large scale

1913: First trials to produce aluminium tubes

1920s to 1930s: Aluminium tubes increasingly substitute lead and tin tubes

1940s to 1950s: Aluminium tubes almost completely replace lead and tin tubes

Early 1950s: First mono-layer plastic tubes produced

Early 1960s: First aluminium barrier laminate (ABL) tubes produced

1965: First Polyfoil® tubes produced

Early 1990s: First plastic barrier laminate (PBL) tubes with EVOH barrier produced

1990s: Increasing use of stand-up tubes

1995: First seamless PET and PP tubes produced

1997: First ceramic (SiOx) barrier laminate tubes (CBL) produced