The beverage market ranked as the third largest sector for self-adhesive label market in Europe during 2008, according to a recent industry report commissioned by FINAT, the international trade association for the self-adhesive label industry. The report also indicates that 430 million square meters of self-adhesive materials were consumed on the bottling lines across Europe in 2008. During the period 2005-2008, the beverage segment was also one of the fastest growing markets for self-adhesives-driven primarily by the growth in premium and export beer sales.

Other highlights of the report include:

• Self-adhesive labels accounted for 33% of global label laminate production in 2008,
• Self-adhesive was the dominant label technology in the European product decoration market, with 45% (5,300 million sqm) of all label materials consumed in 2008; this compared to glue applied (41%), shrink sleeving (7%) and in-mold (3%),
• Beverage market ranked third (after Food and Retail) with 10% of all self-adhesive being used for beverage labeling,
• Short term forecast remains flat due mainly to the existing installed base of glue applied labelling lines which provides barrier, and
• Modest growth is forecast for mid- to long-term, as new investments are made in modular rotary applicators which will include self-adhesive modules.