Continued European production growth
Primary industry data gathered through FEVE show European glass container production continued to grow in 2018, confirming positive trends of previous years, although at a slower pace which is line with prevailing sluggish macro economic trends.
Glass container production among FEVE members grew by 217,000 tonnes from 2017 levels (1%), while unit production remained unchanged. Overall production now stands at 21,755,000 tonnes and 78,662 million units, 10% and 9.8% increases relative to 2012 levels respectively.
Glass is recognised more than ever as the leading packaging material for spirits, wines and beer, while it is increasingly gaining share in the food, water and dairy sectors. It the second leading packaging material in Europe in terms of volume.