The Tube: Top Quality Packaging Made in Europe

The tube is the ideal form of packaging for semi-solid contents. Thanks to the materials and material combinations used it offers a barely attainable range of benefits: the highest standards of hygiene, excellent barrier properties, outstanding product protection, virtually unlimited design opportunities, real consumer benefits, and trend-setting environmental sustainability. And all this in tried-and-tested top quality, no matter if it is an aluminium, plastic or laminate tube.

Their high-quality standards, their enormous versatility and their impressive amount of convincing benefits have made flexible tubes so successful in many sectors and end-use markets such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, oral care and food as well as in the wide range of household and industrial applications, to name just the most important markets.

The member companies of etma, the European Tube Manufacturers Association, have essentially contributed to the market success and the high quality standards of the tube. They do not only account for about 75 per cent of European flexible tube production, but definitely are ahead of the pack and world leaders with regard to quality standards.



Despite the ongoing pandemic, the european tube manufacturers association (etma) reports stable deliveries in the first half of 2021. The total deliveries of aluminum, plastic and laminate tubes even increased slightly by 0.5 percent to a level of around 6 billion units.

While deliveries to the pharmaceutical industry fell by 11 percent, deliveries to the dental care market increased by 4 percent, to the cosmetics market by 2 percent and to the markets for food and household products by as much as 10 percent and 13 percent respectively.

For more information, photo and full texts in German, English and French click here: etma-press-release-market-09-2021


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