Spain: glass packaging tonnage sold to rise 4% in 2006

Spain“s glass packaging sector recorded sales of EUR 675.6 million in 2005, a rise of 3.8% on the previous year, while the tonnage of glass containers brought to market rose 3.5% to 2,137,102.
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Spain“s glass packaging sector recorded sales of EUR 675.6 million in 2005, a rise of 3.8% on the previous year, while the tonnage of glass containers brought to market rose 3.5% to 2,137,102. According to Javier Gutirrez on 22 June 2006, the president of Anfevi (National Association of Glass Container Manufacturers), growth expectations for 2006 are positive given that in the 1Q the tonnage sold increased by 7.8%, even if the annual figure is expected to be closer to 4%. The president of Anfevi, which represents 98% of the Spanish sector, noted that the strongest growth occured in the markets for “value added” product packaging, namely wine, vinegar, preserves and baby food. According to the Anfevi analysis, the balance between domestic demand and production in the Spanish glass industry has undergone a shift, resulting in a decline in exports and a rise in imports, mainly from Portugal. The state of the Portuguese glass sector is fundamental for the Spanish industry, said Mr. Gutirrez, and the recession in Portugal has caused a fall in domestic sales and the need to sell surpluses abroad. The new challenges which the Spanish industry faces are the reduction of CO2 emissions, and increasing the percentage of recycled containers, currently around 45%, to the required level of 60% by the end of 2008. Mr. Gutirrez added that companies are active in research to find new designs, improve the resistance and reduce the weight of containers, and to apply automation in production.