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Modest recovery for foil in 2012; cautious but optimistic outlook for 2013

According to the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), the moderate increase in demand and deliveries for aluminium foil products from European manufacturers during the first three quarters of 2012 was maintained in Q4. The year ended with total production up 2.1% at 818,400 tonnes (2011: 801,600 tonnes). Deliveries in the fourth quarter 2012 were 5% up on Q4 2011.

According to the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), the moderate increase in demand and deliveries for aluminium foil products from European manufacturers during the first three quarters of 2012 was maintained in Q4. The year ended with total production up 2.1% at 818,400 tonnes (2011: 801,600 tonnes). Deliveries in the fourth quarter 2012 were 5% up on Q4 2011.

Manfred Mertens, EAFA vice president and Roller Group chairman, says: "Last year’s recovery is encouraging, but the outlook remains cautious into 2013 so we cannot predict the situation going forward with any certainty. Growth in export sales is expected to continue, but European markets remain volatile. Requests for short term deliveries continue to affect production planning and European aluminium foil manufacturers must continue to be flexible and react to market changes quickly."

Thinner gauges used for flexible packaging and household foil continued to lead the way with a 3% increase on the previous year. The increase in Q4 compared with same period in 2011 was even 8%. Deliveries of thicker gauges which are typically used for semi-rigid containers and technical applications continued to decline, falling in total by 4% in the last 12 months.

Exports continued to show increases throughout the year. Deliveries outside the EAFA region were up 10%, confirming that emerging markets continue to outperform their European counterparts, although the fourth quarter exports outside the region were only up by 5%.

www.alufoil.org