The European Aluminium Foil Association e.V. (EAFA)
The members and their products
The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) is the international body representing companies engaged in the rolling (in all thicknesses up to 0.2mm - the ISO standard maximum) and rewinding of alufoil and in the manufacture of aluminium closures, alufoil semi-rigid containers and of all kind of flexible packaging. Its more than 100 members include companies in Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1974 it has its roots in associations dating back to the 1920s. Today EAFA comprises:
CLOSURES GROUP members are the producers of aluminium closures and screw caps for spirits, water, wine and many other products like olive oil and pharmaceuticals. They can be customised through different decoration technologies. The members represent about 75 per cent of the global production. See also www.aluminium-closures.org for more details.
CONTAINER GROUP, which represents more than 80% of the foil container manufacturing capacity in Europe, specialises in the manufacture of foil trays and dishes as well as lidding materials and systems which help their customers, food processors and retailers, pack and present their products to the public.
REWINDER GROUP members are the producers of aluminium household foil for the retailing sector as well as for catering. They represent approximately 75 % of European production. In direct contact with the end-consumers their products are public symbols for the aluminium foil industry.
ROLLER GROUP members are the originators and suppliers of the plain aluminium foil and thin strip materials which are then processed by converters, container or household foil manufacturers. They represent more than 95% of the alufoil rolling capacity in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.
FLEXIBLE PACKAGING EUROPE (FPE) members represent companies that manufacture all types of flexible packaging including pouches, sachets, liquid packaging, confectionery and pharmaceutical packaging applications, and much more. FPE comprises all major European producers of flexible packaging for all materials. See also www.flexpack-europe.org for more details.
Chief Executive Director
The association's activities on behalf of its members include the compilation and sharing of statistical information, market research, generic PR, and promoting aluminium foil and developing the interests of the foil manufacturing and converting industry with third parties. Sustainability issues are high on the agenda for both aluminium foil and flexible packaging and activities include environmental lobbying for flexible packaging on European level. Food contact is another area in which the association is active.
EAFA is active is promoting the European foil and flexible packaging industry internationally and creating relationships with sister associations around the globe.
On request, initiatives are undertaken by the association to help members with the threats and stresses of the business and legislative environment. Generic market research sets benchmarks for the promotion and development of market sectors.