This rise in antiperspirants amounted to 416.2 million aerosols in 2013 with a total of 1466.5 million cans filled in total within the UK compared with 1,464.7 million units the previous year.
According to Dr John Morris, BAMA Chief Executive; "It is gratifying that for the third successive year the UK aerosol sector remains in excellent shape. In 2011 we saw a 9% y.o.y. increase; in 2012 a 5% increase; and last year held steady, with a modest overall gain."
This, he says, reflects the popularity amongst brand owners, retailers and consumers for what is a very efficient, sustainable and effective form of packaging.
50:50 split between aluminium and tin-plate
According to the British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association, the trend towards the use of aluminium has continued with a now virtual 50:50 split between aluminium and tin-plate.
In 2012, 740 million cans used tinplate and 707 million used aluminium; the latest (2013) data indicates that 729 million cans were tinplate with aluminium following closely at 727 million, a significant closing of the gap between the two materials.
Another significant area of personal care sector growth was suntan and bronzing products with 7.3% growth bringing fillings in this category to 2.2 million.
Whilst a relatively small sector, suntan and bronzing is an emerging category which was first recognized by BAMA in 2007 when the figure stood at just 0.9 million.
"In 2012 European aerosol fillings stood at 5,428 million units with the UK representing 27 per cent of this number. Globally, the UK fills about 1 in 10 of the world's aerosols rising to 1 in 5 of all aerosols destined for the personal care sector."
BAMA has estimated that around 65 per cent of all aerosols filled in the UK are exported, a significant contributor to the UK's balance of payments. The UK is the third largest filler in the world after the USA and China.