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Foil production growth

First quarter 2013 figures for aluminium foil showed growth across all gauges for the first time since mid-2011, according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).

First quarter 2013 figures for aluminium foil showed growth across all gauges for the first time since mid-2011, according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). Overall Q1 production grew by 3.7% to 209,400 tonnes (2012: 201,900 tonnes).

Meanwhile exports from European manufacturers maintained the momentum seen in the later part of 2012 with a first quarter growth of 10.3%.

The thinner gauges used largely for flexible packaging and household foils continued their steady recovery during 2012 with a 2.4% increase in the first three months of 2013. Thicker gauges whose uses include semi-rigid containers advanced by 2.5% – the first growth in this sector in 18 months.