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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 ›


 


Types of tubes

Aluminium Tubes

Aluminium tubes account for about 40 % of the overall European tube production. There are two types of aluminium tubes: cylindrical and conical tubes. Conical tubes are produced out of cylindrical tubes by widening the tube body by about 1 to 2°. Therefore, conical tubes can be easily stacked into each other which prevents deformation and allows to cut transport cost.
 
Aluminium tubes are used because of their excellent barrier properties. The filling is fully protected against light, moisture, gases and germs. In addition volatile components of sensitive products cannot escape and get lost. Moreover they are heat resistant and offer a sterilised environment.
 
The main areas of application are cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food as well as household and technical products. They are an ideal primary packaging material for all semi-liquid and pastel-type products.
 
Aluminium tubes are offered in a diameter range of 11 to 60 mm according to EN 13046 (cylindrical tubes) and EN 13047 (conical tubes) .

You may find further detailed information on aluminium tubes on the following website: http://www.aluminium-tubes.org/

 
  

Plastic Tubes


Plastic tubes account for about 30 % of the overall European tube production.
 
They are made of PE, PP as well as of multi-layer structures. The predominant area of application are cosmetics. However, they are also used for packing pharmaceuticals, food, toothpaste as well as household and industrial products.
 
Plastic tubes are mainly used for products where decoration and design are deciding factors. They offer multiple decoration possibilities such as transparent layers and keep their original shape until the packaging is completely emptied.
 
Plastic tubes are manufactured in a diameter range of 13.5 to 50 mm according to EN 13045.

European plastic tube producers have issued a position paper on "Plastic Tubes and Sustainability" which you can download here: Position Paper Plastic Tubes and Sustainability

 

 Laminate Tubes     

Laminate tubes account for about 30 % of the overall European tube production.

Laminate tubes are either aluminium barrier laminate (ABL, 20 to 30 µm layer of aluminium foil), plastic barrier laminate (PBL, 15 to 20 µm layer of EVOH) or ceramics barrier laminate (CBL) tubes. The predominant area of application is toothpaste. However, they are also used for packing cosmetics, food, pharmaceuticals as well as household and industrial products.

Composite packaging unites the useful properties of various materials. They combine excellent barrier effects with maximum printing quality. Because of the two-step production process the whole decorative potential up to photo realistic presentations is possible. Even transparent laminates with a polyester barrier are possible. Laminate tubes have excellent gas, water vapour and aroma barrier properties and are inert and physiologically harmless. The body laminate is pinhole free making the tube particularly suitable for products aggressive to aluminium.
 
Laminate tubes are manufactured in a diameter range of 13.5 to 40 mm according to EN 13461.