The cost of energy, the war in Ukraine, and the transporters strike have had an impact on the glass industry, putting at risk the supply of packaging to more than 8,000 food companies.
The general secretary of the National Association of Glass Container Manufacturers (ANFEVI), Karen Davies, told Efeagro that the current situation was critical. The glass industry has been struggling to satisfy companies since the pandemic, and at the moment their problems in obtaining the correct supply of raw materials for the glass furnaces and to supply packaging to food and beverage brands, are being aggravated.
"In addition to the problems caused to the glass industry itself, more than 8,000 Spanish food companies that use glass containers will face serious difficulties exporting their products and getting them to distribution, hospitality, or the catering sectors," the representative of Anfevi stated.
The price of energy (mainly natural gas) has doubled since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and, if it previously accounted for 20% to 30% of production costs, it has now risen to 68.40% and 78.16%.
The critical situation is also endangering the boom and future of this 100% recyclable material, he added. The transporters strike is also breaking with the recycling chain cutting the supply of recycled glass, which in addition to being the industry's main raw material is the element that helps reduce energy consumption.
In addition, the glass packaging shortages can lead some market segments to switch packaging materials to one that is less environmentally friendly or that cannot be recycled, Davies said.