According to data published by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) total production declined by almost 4% to 609kt.

The thinner foil segments mainly used for flexible packaging and household foil fell by 7% while the thicker foil segments declined by 1%.

Exports outside the EAFA region grew by almost 5%.

Stefan Glimm, EAFA Executive Director, remains cautious for 2011: “Especially in the third quarter we could see destocking as well as a more cautious behaviour along the whole value chain.

“Aluminium foil has a healthy future because of its advantages as a sustainable and innovative packaging material. It plays an essential role in the prevention of food waste through its excellent barrier and preservation properties.”

Other uses of aluminium foil include automotive and heat exchange components, insulation material and many industrial applications.