etma member companies are producing about eleven billion flexible tubes with a constant moderate growth over the last few years. Coupled with the tube’s high degree of acceptability by consumers worldwide, this growth has given the European tube manufacturers a general air of confidence. In addition to the markets of eastern Europe, there are major growth opportunities primarily in the emerging economies of Asia and South America.
Slightly less than 50 per cent of the tubes produced in Europe are used in the cosmetics sector, with 20 per cent each in the toothpaste sector and the pharma industry. About 8 per cent of tubes are used for foodstuffs, while household and industrial products account for a share around 5 per cent.