As an emerging industry, along with the continuous improvement and maturity of aluminum processing technology, aluminum foil has been widely used in food, medicine, aerospace and other fields because of its characteristics of light weight, good sealing, good coating, and environmental protection.
In recent years, China's economic growth has led to the sustained and rapid growth of aluminum foil consumption. According to the calculation of the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association, the growth rate of aluminum demand in China has reached 1.65 times the GDP growth rate. The upgrading of China's residential consumption structure will provide a vast market space for China's aluminum foil industry.
Aluminium foil is widely used
In a general sense, aluminum foil refers to an aluminum strip having a thickness of less than or equal to 0.2 mm formed by rolling an aluminum or aluminum alloy strip. Divided according to use, aluminum foil can be divided into medicinal aluminum foil, household aluminum foil, air conditioning aluminum foil, aluminum foil for cigarettes, capacitor aluminum foil and so on.
With the improvement of R&D capability and production technology of domestic aluminum foil manufacturers, coupled with the cost advantage of products, domestic enterprises have experienced rapid export growth. China has become a net exporter from the net importer of aluminum foil, and China's aluminum foil processing companies are also gaining momentum. With continuous improvement, Lufeng, Xishun Aluminum Foil, Kunshan Aluminum, Danyang Daya, Dingsheng Aluminum, Shenhuo Aluminum Foil and Yunnan Xinmei Aluminum have emerged. In the 21st century, the consumption of aluminum foil in China has increased significantly. This has led to an increase in the investment in aluminum foil industry and a significant increase in aluminum foil production capacity and output. Since 2006, China's aluminum foil production capacity and output have continued to maintain the top position in the world.
As a packaging material, an important structural material and a functional material, aluminum foil is widely used in various fields of the national economy. With the continuous improvement of the production process of aluminum foil, the advantages of aluminum foil in the packaging industry are becoming more and more obvious. This opens up new space for the application of aluminum foil in the packaging industry. Compared with developed countries such as Europe and the United States, China’s per capita aluminum consumption also increases. At the low post. According to the statistics of European Aluminum Foil Industry Association, more than 70% of aluminum foil in Europe is used in various types of packaging products. In the United States, this ratio is as high as 75%.
In recent years, the market demand for aluminum foil has grown rapidly. In 2008, China's aluminum foil production was 1.57 million tons, accounting for 44% of the world's total, and it is expected to increase by 15% year-on-year to 1.81 million tons in 2009. At present, China's annual consumption of aluminum foil has become the world's second largest consumer of aluminum foil after the United States.
Aluminum foil market is promising
Francois Coeff-ic, president of the European Aluminum Foil Association, recently stated that it is optimistic about China's aluminum foil consumer market. From the perspective of the market structure of aluminum foil, compared with Europe, China has a relatively low share in flexible packaging, households, and containers. Song Xiaotian, director of the Aluminum Industry Department of the China Non-Ferrous Metals Processing Industry Association, also believes that China is currently in a period of rapid industrialization and urbanization. Livelihood projects and the development of a low-carbon economy will continue to maintain strong demand for high-performance aluminum foils.
Stefan Glimm pointed out that per capita consumption of aluminum foil, the current per capita consumption of aluminum foil in Europe is 1.5 kg, the United States is 1.6 kg, while China is only 0.6 kg, with the improvement of China’s living standards, China’s aluminum foil consumption will also be very large The promotion of space and potential, this brings a good opportunity for Chinese aluminum foil companies to seek development in the domestic demand market.
At present, the food industry and the pharmaceutical industry have become one of the important markets for aluminum foil. With the consumption upgrade of people's living standards, pharmaceutical aluminum foil and household aluminum foil will be a blue ocean in the future. Aluminum foil can effectively protect the packaged objects and is widely used in the medical field. Similarly, the prospects for household aluminum foil applications are even more spectacular. Pang Shuzheng, the director of the largest household aluminum foil manufacturer Lufeng shares, introduced that household aluminum foil was made of non-toxic high-quality aluminum raw materials and was widely used for the packaging of household foods. Household aluminum foil can be used for cooking, freezing, parcels, baking and other functions Pang tree introduction, the demand for aluminum foil in Japan has exceeded 10% of the total aluminum foil. At present, household aluminum foil is used in restaurants, supermarkets, and food stores in China. With the improvement of people's living standards, lifestyle changes, and enhanced awareness of environmental protection, the application of household aluminum foil in Chinese families will continue to spread, and the market has great potential.
The application prospect of container aluminum foil is also very broad, and the main application is aluminum foil container. Taking aluminum foil lunch boxes as an example, there is a huge market for the consumption of disposable aluminum foil lunch boxes. Under the background of the country's strong promotion of the development of a low-carbon economy, "white pollution" plastic lunch boxes will gradually be abandoned by the market, and environmentally-friendly aluminum foil lunch boxes will be accepted by the public.
The industry believes that with the continuous improvement of aluminum foil production process, the cost of producing aluminum foil lunch boxes has been greatly reduced. At present, airline catering has been widely used, and consumer trends have become more apparent. The upcoming World Expo will also purchase large quantities of aluminum foil lunch boxes. It is foreseeable that aluminum foil lunch boxes will gradually be accepted by the public as a new consumer fashion.