In 2021, the German packaging market grew by almost 5%. Today, according to the joint committee of German packaging manufacturers (GADV), the key to keeping all packaging operations running is energy supply
“For all packaging sectors, the supply of affordable energy is an important prerequisite for being able to continue to produce competitively in Germany as a business location,” says Johann Overath, general manager of the German glass industry association Bundesverband Glasindustrie and GADV spokesperson.
“In the case of sectors that produce energy-intensively, this even becomes an existential question. In addition to this, there are difficulties with logistics and disruptions in the supply chains due to the war in Ukraine.”
According to him, around 19.6m tons of packaging was produced in 2021 – a 4.8% rise in production volume compared to 2020. With around EUR 35.8bn, the production value also increased significantly, by 10.9%.
As in previous years, plastic packaging generated the largest share of production value at around 44%, though by volume packaging made of paper, cardboard, and paperboard was the largest material fraction at roughly 49%.
In terms of production, the packaging material fractions show an unchanged picture compared to previous years: steel packaging recorded the highest growth (up 8.1% to 1.17m tons), followed by paper, cardboard, and carton packaging (up 7.3% to 9.52m tons), glass packaging (up 2.4% to 4.26m tons), plastics packaging (up 1.5% to 4.33m tons), and aluminium packaging (up 1.0% to 0.34m tons).
In terms of value, production showed a single upward trend, with steel packaging posting the highest growth of 16.6% to €3.56bn, followed by paper and cardboard packaging with a 13.2% increase to €12.2bn, plastic packaging (up 10.2% to €15.8bn), glass containers (up 4.0% to €2.1bn) and aluminum containers and packaging (up 2.9% to €2.1bn).