Packaging (Glass) - Market Report

Released on: October 13, 2008, 10:41 pm

Press Release Author: bharatbook

Industry: Industrial

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Executive Summary:The glass-container industry in the UK has seen a period of
consolidation over recent years, with the market now dominated by three major
players. The review period (2003 to 2007) has seen a tough trading environment, with
furnaces closing and employment falling. However, capacity has been replaced and
increased by investment in new furnaces and improved technology. However, energy
usage is still high and, consequently, the industry is vulnerable to rising energy
The demand for glass containers has remained steady, but growth in the market is
small, with increasing substitution by alternative packaging materials such as
plastic, and paper and board, which are matching and improving the very
characteristics that used to distinguish and differentiate glass (i.e. strength, an
inert barrier for preserving contents and transparency).

Glass manufacturers are responding to this threat by improving, widening and
emphasising the range of colours, size and design possibilities of glass and
investing in technology to improve the weight and strength of glass containers in
order to compete with alternative packaging materials. Glass is increasingly being
used for premium products to enhance the brand image.

Legislative pressures are also having an impact on the industry, with increasing
cost implications of having to comply with a range of climate and environmental
controls, such as the Climate Change Levy and emission targets. Despite an
impressive track record of improving the environmental impact of glass production
since the late 1980s, the industry is still faced with the need to further reduce
emissions and energy consumption. The introduction of lightweight glass bottles is a
step forward in reducing energy usage in production and transportation.

Glass manufacturers are also aware of the need to lessen the environmental impact of
glass through initiatives involving light-weighting and improving recyclability, in
face of both government waste legislation and continuing public pressure to reduce,
reuse and recycle packaging.

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