Global Market Outlook on Aluminium Foils

  • The global production of aluminum foils was at 5 MMT during 2017, and it is expected to grow moderately at 5–5.5 percent (CAGR) until 2022 and reach 6.4 MMT
  • Increase in demand from the automobile industry and rising consumption of flexible packaging (especially pouches) have bolstered the growth for aluminum foils


  • Developed regions especially the US, Canada and Germany are primary consumers of aluminum foil owing to expanding demand from automobile and flexible packaging industry
  • China stands atop the developing regions giving stiff competition for global converters. Impending trade restrictions might change this scenario in the near future

Supply Chain - Aluminum Foils

  • Production optimization over the years have led to commercially available foil-rolling plants that can produce widths of up to 2150 mm and as thin as 0.006 mm at rolling speeds of 2500 meters/minute
  • A natural technique to save energy would be collection and cleaning of CO2 from the electrolysis process for reuse

Global Market Size - Aluminum Foils 

  • Preference for convenient and lightweight packaging has driven vendors coming up with innovative aluminum foil packaging solutions catering to the organized retail and packaged foods market
  • Aluminium foil with paper shows promise for growth in the packaging of dairy products in upcoming years
  • The food and beverage industry is the largest end-user of aluminium foil, occupying nearly 30 percent of the total market share during 2018
  • Demand from transportation industry in developed countries like the US and Germany followed by growing consumer spending on flexible packaging products from developing countries like China, Brazil, and India foster the growth for aluminum foils 
  • Growing applications of aluminium pouches increase product shelf life and hygiene as it does not alter chemical properties, lose shape or melt during exposure to sunlight

Global Aluminum Foil Demand by Type

  • Rapid industrialization coupled with heavy air conditioner usage in India, Egypt, Iran, and UAE boost the need for industrial aluminum foils 
  • Blister foil is the major application in pharmaceutical industry, medical industry boom in emerging economies foster demand for aluminum foils
  • Rolled Aluminum Foil: Aluminum foil is primarily consumed by packaging, transportation, and construction sectors
  • The packaging industry took the largest share, approx. 41 percent, during 2018, followed by transportation 
  • It is projected that global rolled foil consumption might increase by 5 percent CAGR from 2018–2023 with the transportation industry being the largest market
  • Backed Aluminum Foil: These include laminated, embossed, backed with paper, plastics and adhesives. Foil tapes constitute a major part in backed aluminum foils These are driven by their growing use in electrical and construction purposes giving superior adhesion and extended life 
  • Developed regions are expected to show moderate growth for backed aluminum foil used in industrial purposes, especially from the electricity sector that uses such foils for insulation purposes 
  • Emerging regions show promise with growing infrastructure in China and India