According to data gathered by FEVE – the European Container Glass Federation – in the first half of 2022, production and total sales reached new record levels confirming the pace already registered for the Year 2021. Production increased by 3 percent in both tonnes and units between the first half of 2021 and that of 2022. In fact, in the same period, total sales reached a growth of 8.0 percent in tonnes and 8.5 percent in units compared to the first half of 2021. This was the highest growth rate recorded since the first semester of 2016. From the first half of 2016 to the first half of 2022, total sales in container glass increased by 14.2 percent in tonnes (1.5 million tonnes) and 13.0 percent in units (5.3 billion units).
The industry is facing an unprecedented market demand growth in all segments in Europe and is working at full speed and capacity to meet what is being seen as exceptionally high levels of customers’ demand. This shows continued trust in glass packaging material and FEVE members are strongly committed to meet market demand. They are also investing in increasing production and capacity despite very high pressure on energy and costs, which however requires time.
These latest data come on top of the record Year of 2021 when production increased by 5.0 percent to 23.5 million tonnes for the food and beverage markets, the highest production levels historically ever reached. Likewise, production of glass flacons for the perfumery, cosmetics and pharmaceutical segments delivered a strong growth of 2.2 percent to reach 13.6 billion units by the end of 2021.