About five per cent of all tubes are used for household or industrial products. To a large extent the respective contents determine the tube material.
The range of products available in tubes is as diversified as the ramified sectors of the individual branches of industry. Especially in the techno-industrial field one often finds highly specialised products known only to a few experts and professionals: special paints and lacquers, glues and adhesives, cleaning paste, pasty oils and greases and other lubricants, silicones and special cleaners to name but a few.
In the household, though, the main applications besides adhesives and paints are cleaning products, soaps and the like, stain removers and other additives, and shoe polish. Quite a few of these products have been on the market almost unchanged for 50 years, and some for nigh on 100 years. World-famous brands with a long tradition, some of which have achieved cult status. The best evidence to show that the tube is still a modern and up-to-date form of packaging.