In the first half of 2022, glass packaging production and total sales reached new record levels.

Production increased by 3% in both tonnes and units between the first half of 2021 and that of 2022.

The data was released by FEVE – the European Container Glass Federation.

In the same period, total sales reached a growth of 8.0% in tonnes and 8.5% in units compared to the first half of 2021.

This was the highest growth rate recorded since the first semester of 2016.

From the first half of 2016 to the first half of 2022, total sales in container glass increased by 14.2% in tonnes (1.5 million tonnes) and 13.0% in units (5.3 billion units).

Glass container production in tonnes and units from the first half of 2016 to the first half of 2022.

The industry is facing an unprecedented market demand growth in all segments in Europe and is working at full speed and capacity to meet what FEVE sees as exceptionally high levels of customers’ demand.

This shows continued trust in glass as a packaging material.

FEVE members are also investing in increasing production and capacity despite high pressure on energy and costs, which however requires time.

These latest data come on top of the record Year of 2021 when production increased by 5.0% to 23.5 million tons for the food and beverage markets; the highest production levels historically ever reached.

Likewise, production of glass flacons for the perfumery, cosmetics and pharmaceutical segments delivered a strong growth of 2.2% to reach 13.6 billion units by the end of 2021.

These results have been achieved despite the situation created by the aftermath of Covid, the subsequent rapid rebound in the economy and the Russia-Ukraine war dramatically impacting energy costs.