Glass packaging European production continues to steadily grow

Brussels, 02 July 2019

Primary industry data gathered through FEVE show European glass container production continued to grow in 2018 confirming positive trends of the previous years, although at slower pace which is line with prevailing sluggish macroeconomic trends. Container glass production among FEVE members grew 217 thousand tonnes from 2017 levels, or 1% while unit production remained unchanged. Overall production now stands at 21,755 thousand tonnes and 78,662 million units, respectively 10% and 9.8% increases relative to 2012 levels respectively. Glass is more than ever 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.