USA glass container industry manufactures Snapshot
USA is the glass container manufacturer’s main market, which is trend of the industry. The American glass container industry manufactures two basic types of glass containers: narrow-neck and wide-mouth containers. The glass industry also further classifies containers by their end use, creating categories of glass designated for food, beverages, beer, liquor, and wine; chemical, household, and industrial uses; toiletries and cosmetics; and other uses, including medicinal and health supplies. In the middle years of the first decade of the 2000s, the U.S. industry was producing about 35 billion glass containers annually, or 238.4 million gross. More than 80 percent of the glass containers produced were narrow-neck bottles. Clear glass containers are the most common types, accounting for 50 percent of the total manufactured bottle, with brown containers being the second most common color and green being a distant third type.
America Department of Commerce reported that shipments of glass containers fell 1.4 percent in 2006, with production up 1.6 percent. According to industry watchers, the glass food container market continue to lag behind plastic material containers. Susan Sutton reported in the December 1, 2007, edition of Ceramic Industry that Glass prospects could benefit from a premium and high-purity image, which are key advantages with increasingly popular organic and/or natural foods. Shipment values for glass containers totaled up to $8.4 billion in 2008, with the vast majority of glass making plants located in Ohio. As the economy faltered, industry revenues fell to $6.8 billion in 2010.