The Collapsible Metal Tubes Market size is expected to reach US$ 16.82 billion by 2030, from US$ 10.20 billion in 2023, at a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period.
Collapsible metal tubes are packaging solutions made up of aluminum, tin, or plastic laminated with aluminum. They are lightweight, customizable, and recyclable. The key advantage of collapsible metal tubes is that they can retain the properties of products for a longer duration. They also provide higher barrier protection compared to plastic tubes. The market is driven by the growing consumption of cosmetics and personal care products.
The Collapsible Metal Tubes Market is segmented by material type, capacity, product type, application, end-user, and region. By material type, the aluminum segment accounted for the largest share of the market in 2022. Aluminum tubes are preferred due to their low cost, recyclability, and durability.
Collapsible Metal Tubes Market Regional Insights:
- North America is expected to be the largest market for Collapsible Metal Tubes Market during the forecast period, accounting for over 35.5% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to the established cosmetics and pharmaceuticals industry in the region.
- The Europe market is expected to be the second-largest market for Collapsible Metal Tubes Market, accounting for over 25.3% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in is attributed to high consumption of beauty and cosmetics products in the region.
- The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for Collapsible Metal Tubes Market, with a CAGR of over 8.2% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Asia Pacific is attributed to the rapid urbanization and changing consumer lifestyle in the region.
Figure 1. Global Collapsible Metal Tubes Market Share (%), by Region, 2023
Collapsible Metal Tubes Market Drivers:
- Increasing Demand from Cosmetics and Personal Care Industry: The global cosmetics and personal care industry has witnessed steady growth over the last decade, driven by the rising focus on grooming and appearance. Metal tubes are widely used for packaging cosmetics products such as creams, gels, and lotions as they offer excellent barrier against oxygen, light, and moisture. The cosmetics industry is moving towards premium and sustainable packaging which is expected to increase the adoption of metal tubes. Manufacturers are developing attractive printing and designs on tubes to target millennial consumers. This steady growth of the cosmetics and personal care industry globally is a major factor driving the collapsible metal tubes market.
- Growing Consumption of Pharmaceutical Products: Metal collapsible tubes are extensively used for packing ointments, gels, nasal sprays and other pharmaceutical preparations. The global pharmaceuticals market has witnessed substantial growth in the past few years driven by aging population, rising prevalence of chronic diseases, healthcare spending, access to insurance, and advent of new therapies. Pharmaceutical companies use metal tubes as it enables stable delivery of the formulation, provide barrier against oxygen and moisture, and allows optimal evacuation as the tube body collapses on dispensing the formulation. The expanding pharmaceuticals industry across the globe especially in emerging regions is anticipated to fuel the growth of the collapsible metal tubes market during the forecast period.
- Focus on Sustainable and Recyclable Packaging: There is an increasing environmental consciousness among consumers and a shift towards adopting recyclable and eco-friendly packaging. Collapsible metal tubes are 100% recyclable and have lower carbon footprint compared to plastic packaging. Manufacturers are developing lightweight, thin-walled, and plastic-free metal tube designs which provide sustainability benefits. Government regulations against single-use plastics and focus on circular economy in countries across Europe and North America is also driving the adoption of recyclable metal packaging like tubes. This rising trend of sustainable packaging solutions is anticipated to propel the collapsible tubes market growth over the coming years.
- Demand for Premium and Innovative Designs: The tubes market is witnessing demand for premium and unique packaging particularly for cosmetics and personal care products. Consumers associate packaging with product quality and brand image. Brand owners are adopting collapsible metal tubes with attractive printing, colors, unique shapes, dispenser caps, and decorative features. The ability to customize the tube body with brand graphics and designs makes it ideal for premium brands. Manufacturers are innovating in terms of tube closures, applicator tips, and discard features. The rising consumer demand for premiumization and customization in packaging is expected to augur well for the collapsible tubes market.
Collapsible Metal Tubes Market Opportunities:
- Scope in Emerging Economies: Developing economies in Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa present significant untapped opportunities for collapsible metal tube packaging. Rising disposable incomes, changing lifestyles, and increasing retail infrastructure in these regions has led to higher demand for cosmetics, personal care, and pharmaceutical products. Market players have the opportunity to expand their production capacities and distribution networks in emerging markets to garner higher shares. Local manufacturing helps in reducing logistics costs. Setting up facilities in developing regions can also help companies cater to the increasing demand and gain competitive advantage.
- Rising Adoption in Food and Homecare Markets: Collapsible metal tubes are gaining traction in food applications such as sauces, condiments, and purees. Metal tubes offer complete protection against oxygen and light compared to plastic tubes, thereby retaining the freshness of food products. Their ability to fully evacuate viscous and liquid contents is beneficial for sauces and purees. Collapsible metal tubes also have untapped potential in home care products such as adhesives, sealants, paints, and lubricants. Market players can focus on expanding into the food and home care segments as it will help diversify their product portfolios.
- Use of Emerging Printing Technologies: Digital printing and advanced printing technologies such as 3D printing provide new opportunities for innovation and customization in metal tube packaging. Digital printing enables faster turnaround time, shorter runs, and just-in-time manufacturing. Companies can target niche applications and smaller batch orders through digital printing. 3D printing allows unique shapes, designs, and closures. The tubes market is poised to gain from these emerging technologies as they enable cost-effective customization and personalization, thereby opening new avenues for growth.
- Scope for Product Development and Innovation: Metal tube manufacturers have ample scope for product development and innovation to cater to the growing packaging needs of different sectors. Opportunities exist in designing plastic-free and fully recyclable metal tubes which align with sustainability targets. Developments in plastic-free barrier technology for the tube body and closures provides new avenues for eco-friendly packaging. Companies can also innovate in terms of tube dispensing, re-sealing features, smart packaging, applicator tips and novel locking mechanisms. Investments in R&D and collaborations with packaging technology firms provides scope for innovation.
Collapsible Metal Tubes Market Report Coverage
||Market Size in 2023:
||US$ 10.20 Bn
|Historical Data for:
||2017 to 2021
||2023 - 2030
|Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR:
||2030 Value Projection:
||US$ 16.82 Bn
- North America: U.S. and Canada
- Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
- Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
- Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
- By Material Type: Aluminum, Tin, Plastic, Others
- By Capacity: Less than 20 mm, 20 to 100 mm, More than 100 mm
- By Product Type: Squeeze Tubes, Twist Tubes, Stick Packs, Cartridges, Others
- By Application: Oral Care, Beauty & Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Food, Others
- By End User: Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Food, Others
Albea, Amcor, Essel Propack, Huhtamaki, Montebello Packaging, Sonoco Products, ALLTUB, Linhardt, Auber Packaging, Antilla Propack, Universal Metal Products, D.N.Industries, Perfect Containers, Jiujiang Deshun Adhesives, Andpak, CONSTRUCT Packaging, Adelphi Healthcare Packaging, IntraPac International, Hubei Xin Ji Pharmaceutical Packaging, World Wide Packaging
- Increasing demand from cosmetics and personal care industry
- Growing consumption of pharmaceutical products
- Focus on sustainable and recyclable packaging
- Demand for premium and innovative designs
|Restraints & Challenges:
- Presence of Substitute Packaging Solutions
- Limitations in High Pressure Applications
- Slower Growth in Mature Markets of North America and Europe
Collapsible Metal Tubes Market Trends:
- Shift Towards Plastic-Free and Sustainable Materials: Consumers and brands have become more conscious about plastic waste and recyclability of packaging. Hence, the tubes market is witnessing a rise in plastic-free, recyclable, and biodegradable material options for metal tubes. Manufacturers are developing mono-material plastic-free tubes using HDPE or bio-plastics which can be easily recycled. Companies are also using more recycled content in the tube body. For instance, Albea introduced EcoLeaf tube made of 75% recycled HDPE. Essel Propack launched ESOL plastic-free tubes using recyclable PP laminate. These sustainability trends are drastically reshaping product development priorities in the collapsible tubes market.
- Increasing Adoption of Aluminum over Tin Metal: Collapsible metal tubes are predominantly made from aluminum and tinplate. However, in recent years the market has been witnessing a noticeable shift from tinplate-based tubes towards aluminum tubes. Aluminum tubes are lighter, lower cost, provide better barrier, and are easier to recycle. Advances in aluminum tube manufacturing such as emerging billet casting and DWI processes have enhanced productivity and reduced costs. Aluminum also allows high-quality printing. Government restrictions on tin-based food packaging further propels the adoption of aluminum tubes. This material migration has impacted raw material supply and product development strategies of metal tube manufacturers.
- Rising Demand for Biodegradable Plastic Tubes: With the growing consumer preference for eco-friendly packaging, the collapsible tubes market is witnessing rising uptake of biodegradable plastic tubes. These tubes are made using renewable bioplastics such as PLA which have lower carbon footprint compared to conventional plastic. Biodegradable plastic tubes provide the sustainability advantages of metal and plastic tubes. Manufacturers are developing bio-based plastic tubes which can be recycled or composted along with food waste. Demand for such tubes is expected to increase from beauty, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food sectors aiming to reduce plastic waste footprint.
- Emergence of Digital Printing and Smart Packaging: Digital printing and smart packaging technologies are garnering interest in the collapsible tubes market. Digital printing provides opportunities for personalization, customization, and limited design changes. Brands in the beauty, pharmaceuticals and specialty foods segments are showing inclination for digitally printed tubes. Smart collapsible tubes are also emerging which enable monitoring product quality, safety, and tracking parameters through sensors and QR codes. Anti-counterfeiting through blockchain tagging and cloud database tracking provides value.
Collapsible Metal Tubes Market Restraints:
- Presence of Substitute Packaging Solutions: Collapsible metal tubes face stiff competition from alternative packaging solutions like plastic tubes, flexible pouches, dispensers, and stick packs. Plastic tubes are lower cost and find widespread use for budget cosmetics and toiletries. Stand-up pouches occupy less shelf space and are easier to use. Dispensers offer controlled dosage and convenience. The availability of such packaging substitutes limits the adoption of metal tubes across end-use sectors. Companies are struggling to convey the value proposition of metal tubes amidst stiff competition. This is a major factor hampering market growth to some extent.
- Limitations in High Pressure Applications: While collapsible metal tubes perform well in low and moderate pressure dispensing needs, they have certain limitations in high pressure dispensing above 200 psi. Seam splits, cap blow offs, and bursting are common issues noticed in metal tubes subjected to very high internal pressure during dispensing. This makes their suitability limited for applications requiring aerosol-like sprays and atomization with small droplet sizes. For such needs, the market is shifting towards bag-on-valve systems. This hinders the uptake of collapsible metal tubes in certain higher pressure dispensing applications.
- Slower Growth in Mature Markets of North America and Europe: Cosmetics, skin care, and oral care markets in North America and Europe are relatively mature and characterized by slower growth. Considering collapsible metal tubes have significant penetration in these sectors, sluggish growth in demand hampers market prospects. This has led to looming overcapacity and cut-throat competition between established manufacturers in Europe and North America. Companies are vying for the limited growth opportunities in mature markets through competitive pricing strategies which further impacts profit margins.
New product launches:
- In January 2022, Albea launched its paper-like EcoLeaf tube, which provides sustainability benefits. The tube is made using 75% recycled plastic.
- In September 2021, Essel Propack launched ESOL, a plastic-free, fully recyclable metal laminate tube. The tube provides high barrier protection.
- In June 2020, Montebello Packaging launched the Biotic tube, made using 90% renewable sugarcane plastic. It provides sustainability benefits.
Acquisition and partnerships:
- In April 2022, Hoffmann Neopac acquired a majority stake in Hungary-based 3D Technopack. This expanded its presence in Central and Eastern Europe.
- In February 2021, Sonoco acquired the metal tube operations of Lamineries Rompak. This expanded Sonoco's production capacity in Europe.
- In January 2020, Montebello acquired Norden Pac to enhance its capabilities and capacity in the Nordic region.
Figure 2. Global Collapsible Metal Tubes Market Share (%), by Applications, 2023
Top companies in Collapsible Metal Tubes Market:
- Essel Propack
- Montebello Packaging
- Sonoco Products
- Auber Packaging
- Antilla Propack
- Universal Metal Products
- Perfect Containers
- Jiujiang Deshun Adhesives
- CONSTRUCT Packaging
- Adelphi Healthcare Packaging
- IntraPac International
- Hubei Xin Ji Pharmaceutical Packaging
- World Wide Packaging
Definition: Collapsible metal tubes refer to a type of packaging format made from aluminum, tin, or plastic laminated with aluminum. They comprise of a round metal tube body which can be squeezed to extrude the content. Collapsible metal tubes provide excellent barrier, durability, stackability and are lightweight and customizable. Key applications include cosmetics, oral care, pharmaceuticals, food, and industrial products. Their collapsible nature allows rolling up the tube body as product is dispensed for optimal evacuation. The tubes are available in different sizes, shapes and designs.
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