But compared with other branches of industry the sector got off lightly, stated the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL).

Worldwide demand for aluminium aerosol cans fell 4.4% in 2009 to 5.45bn units. In western Europe markets, which have a relatively high per capita usage – 11 cans a year – demand fell about 6%.

In China and Brazil, which have per capita usages of one and two cans a year, there was double-digit growth even in 2009.

Following years of stagnation, the Japanese market for aluminium aerosol cans bucked the trend in 2009 and also showed unexpected positive development, growing by almost 10%.

Demand in North America was the same level in 2009 as the previous year because the market there recovered more quickly from the economic crisis than Europe.

Demand worldwide has picked up again since Q4 2009. A stepping up of relaunch activities, increased demand for shaped cans and the upcoming summer season in the deodorant market are resulting in more orders.

Gregor Spengler, Aerobal secretary general said: ”The current levels of orders indicate that there will be double-digit growth this year, especially in China and South America. In North America and Europe there is reason to hope that results in 2010 will be better than those in 2009.”