BAMA’s World renowned Aerosol Technology Course is having a make-over!

Packed into two days is information on aerosol regulations, formulations and filling, as well as advice on the choice of propellants, valves, containers – bought to you by industry experts.

And the new format Day 2 will now incorporate a practical workshop in the UK aerosol laboratory of the Lindal Valve company. Here you will learn more about valves, the basics of sealing the valve to the can and get to fill different formulations. You will also be able to carry out lab tests on aerosols that measure the discharge rate, the particle size distribution and the flammability of the aerosols.

This course will help those in all functions across the industry, from R&D to procurement, from line operatives to senior managers. It distils all aspects of aerosol technology in to an easily digestible format, showing how each part of the aerosol package interacts to create the final consumer product, that is unlike any other packaging format.

The course cost now includes overnight accommodation and an evening meal, where you can spend time networking with the course tutors and the other delegates and, if you want, learn a little more about the history of the industry in an informal environment. Spaces will be limited due the number of people we can safely fit in to the lab and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The new Technology Course will be taking place on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th March 2020 at The Woburn Hotel, Woburn, Milton Keynes. For more information and to take advantage of this exciting development contact Sallytilbury@bama.co.uk.

BAMA announces appointment of new Vice Chair

The British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) has announced the appointment of Peter Watmough, global detection products manager at Cascade Technologies, a division of Emerson Automation Solutions, as Vice-Chair of the Association.
Peter will take over from James Smith, Summit Europe, who has served as Vice-Chair of BAMA since 2018.

With several years of experience on the BAMA board of directors, Mr Watmough’s focus will be centred on helping the association to deliver its 2025 strategy, expanding the membership base and sharing knowledge with stakeholders across an increasing diverse range of industries.

Patrick Heskins, BAMA chief executive, said: “Peter brings a wealth of industry experience and technical know-how to the role and I am very pleased to welcome him as the new Vice-Chairman.

“The coming year is likely to present many new challenges with significant political upheaval and the anticipated changes in the regulatory landscape. Peter’s experience will be critical in supporting BAMA’s members as the association works to ensure their voices are heard at all levels.”

“I would like to thank James for his support during the last 18 months and throughout a period of great uncertainty for the industry.”

Peter Watmough commented: “Despite the varied challenges facing industry, the UK remains the largest filler in Europe, the third largest in the world and will continue to make a very significant contribution to the UK economy as we move into a new decade.
“As every business strives to operate as efficiently as possible, it is likely that we will see greater need for the services of associations like BAMA, particularly to ensure regulatory changes do not have adverse or unintended consequences. I will work closely with the BAMA team and membership to ensure the association remains well placed to provide the resources and support required and respond effectively to any issues the industry faces whether local or global.”

Blockchain technology

‘Blockchain’ – what is it and why do we care?

Chances are you’ve probably heard of blockchain – and you’ve almost certainly heard that it’s going to be the next big thing. You’ve been told that it could transform the way that both your business and the market work. However, more likely than not, you are in the dark as what all the fuss is about and how this is going to happen.
That’s because this technology is at a very early stage in its development and few can assess realistically what it can actually deliver. In fact the first blockchain was only created in 2009 as part of the development of the crypto-currency Bitcoin.
So what actually is blockchain, and is it really as important as many people have made out?

The DEFINITION of BLOCKCHAIN
A blockchain is a type of distributed ledger, which records a series of transactions as digital records or ‘blocks’. What makes it unique is that these blocks are inextricably linked, despite not being stored in the same place. This makes the records secure, because there isn’t a central source to be attacked and the records can be made unique and permanent. They can’t be altered without the changes themselves being recorded.

Blockchain was a breakthrough technology for crypto-currencies, because it could be used globally and prevent anyone spending the same unit of currency twice. For a business, it creates a way of maintaining a unique, indisputable history of all its interactions with different parties: suppliers, partners, customers and ensure the traceability and integrity of its data.

HOW can BUSINESSES use Blockchain?
Proponents of blockchain have latched on to its transparency as a solution to every problem facing businesses, from supply chain management to micropayments. However, as with so many breakthrough technologies, blockchain can’t bring about these changes by itself. It’s the systems and applications built around it that will drive real impact.

Certain applications are straightforward. For example, a company could use blockchain to store details of its unique product formulation. The production line at a filler, for instance, would automatically stop and alert management, when a discrepancy was detected against the original records – any change a third party (hacker, malaware) attempted would be spotted before damage could take place.

Transforming DATA QUALITY and DATA OWNERSHIP
It’s not just the management of data that blockchain could change, though. Potentially far more significant are the implications of the technology for ownership and control of proprietary data.
Looking at the chemical industry, blockchain could take this out of the hands of manufacturing partners – and put it into the hands of the owners whom the data relates to. This is critical when brand and public image are at stake and the supply chain behind a marketer is large, fragmented and possibly outsourced. Any change of hands brings with it a risk, the more severe the risk, the higher the level of security required. For patented products and registered trade marks, avoiding counterfeit is paramount and a switch towards higher security, control and integrity, certainly worth the investment behind it.

WHERE are we in the PROCESS?
Aspects of this huge transformation are already happening. The UK government’s Midata project, for instance, has made financial services companies and energy suppliers store their data in a form that customers could access and share with other providers. One of the major barriers to large-scale adoption of the personal information economy has been the technology required to create secure, personal data stores. If blockchain solves that problem, then the relationship between people and data could be transformed, and marketing could be on the verge of a revolution.

BAMA unveils winners at annual awards

The British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) has announced the winners of its annual awards at the 2019 Forum and Awards Dinner, with Simply Breathe, Ball Aerosol Packaging and Triple Line Technology among the recipients.

Held at the prestigious Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds, the awards recognise and reward innovation across the aerosol sector.

Winners, runners up and highly commended entrants were selected from five categories:
• Aerosol Packaging
• Sustainability
• Process Safety and Training
• Aerosol of the Year
• Aerosol in Action, photography.

The awards were judged by an esteemed panel of experts, including Ben Carpenter-Merritt, Policy Manager, Manufacturing at Policy Connect, Olga Munroe, Head of the Retail Institute, and Detlev Melcher, Publisher and CEO of Media Service International

Commending the winners, the judges said: “The standard of entries at this year’s awards demonstrates the industry’s continued commitment to innovate at each stage of the supply chain.

“The quality of work showcased across each of the award categories made selecting eventual winners no mean feat, and stands as testament to how far the industry has come in driving sustainable growth across the sector”.

The winners and runners up in each category were:

Aerosol Packaging

Winner: Ball Aerosol Packaging – Ball Aluminium Aerosol 360° Can
360 technology offers symmetrical and asymmetrical shaping available over the full circumference of the can. Artwork is oriented to perfectly fit the relief area and complement the shaping, resulting in a can that is visually engaging from all angles while providing additional grip for usability.

Runner up: Pritchard Spray Technology Ltd – Deft Household Cleaning Range
Deft combines the benefits of aerosol with Anyway Spray® technology and zero emissions propellant delivering a world beating new product format & sophisticated packaging design.

Highly Commended: Coster Group – Texture effects on actuator
Coster realised a new way of conceiving the actuator where personalisation is related to the eye catching effect and not to the shape, by creating patterns on the actuator surfaces. Infinite effects choice are available on every Coster actuator and spray cap

Sustainability

Winner: Triple Line Technology – TLT foam dispenser
TLT-foamer technology is a low-cost and easy to implement innovation with the potential to significantly reduce the total volume of VOCs or nitrous oxide released to the atmosphere, enabling the development of a wide range of sustainable foamed aerosol products.

Runner up: Procter & Gamble – 100% Polymer Aerosol
A 100% polymer aerosol container developed to meet the needs of consumers while assuring safety and functionality and striving for recyclability. This innovation is the first aerosol container which attempts to meet the needs of both the aerosol and recycling industries.

Highly commended: COSTER – COSTER plan for sustainable growth
COSTER’s 2018 Sustainability Report demonstrates a commitment to sustainability, achieved by putting in place a group-wide improvement plan and monitoring system that gives a transparent, objective and measurable overview of the progress year on year.

Process Safety and Training

Winner: Unilever – Unilever Process Safety
The process safety management programme is paramount to Unilever’s sustainable business in aerosol manufacture, and has resulted in external auditors deeming Unilever Leeds as a site with sustained, outstanding process safety management performance.

Runner up: Alloway UK Ltd – AP Vision System
A vision and control system that uses a single camera to check that product and/or perfume has been injected into the can correctly. Working at up to 500 cans per minute, the system will identify faulty containers before the valve is inserted, meaning they can be reworked rather than scrapped.

Highly commended: WD-40 Company – Smart Stack
Specially designed for retailers, Smart Stack is shop ready packaging which requires no handling. Once In store, retailers need only open the external cover–protector for the stack to be display ready. No further preparation required.

Aerosol of the Year

Winner: Simply Breathe Limited – AirForLife® – Emergency Escape Device
AirForLife® is an emergency escape device, embodied in an aerosol packaging assembly, which provides the user with a self-contained oxygen supply to aid in the escape from incidents such as a burning building or other situations in which breathing may become impaired.

Runner up: Church & Dwight Europe – Batiste Waterless Cleanser Range
Waterless Cleansing Foam comes in four variants: Cleanse & Shine, Cleanse & Strengthen, Cleanse & Smooth, Cleanse & Hydrate. This innovation is a game changer in the dry shampoo industry, giving the consumers a shower like cleaning experience in a Dry Shampoo.

Runner up: James Briggs Ltd – Hycote Graphene Anti-Corrosion Primer
Specifically developed to provide excellent resistance to corrosion, Hycote graphene primer is the only aerosol primer using graphene in production today. Performing significantly better than a standard primer, Hycote graphene primer withstood more than 1,750 hours of standardised salt-spray corrosion testing, compared to standard primer which showed signs of damage as early as 168 hours.

Highly commended: Pritchard Spray Technology Ltd – Deft Household Cleaning Range
Deft combines the benefits of an aerosol with Anyway Spray® technology, zero emissions propellant and 99.6% VOC free ingredients delivering a world beating new product format and sophisticated packaging design.

Aerosol in Action, photography:

Winner: Pritchard Spray Technology Ltd
The winning image will be used as the cover of the 2020 BAMA Annual Report. In addition, the photographer behind the image will receive a yearly membership to the Guild of Photographers.

Special Recognition Award

Winner: Grant Coupland – Sustainability Director, Colep
Recognised by board members for his contribution to the industry, Grant was a key figure in the creation of ACOA – an alliance between Colep, Pax in Australia and Diazo in Japan. Prior to his current role, Grant worked for CCL in Scunthorpe and remained with the company following its merger with Colep. In addition, Grant has sat on the BAMA Committee, held the position of Chairman of the Association, and currently represents BAMA on the FEA Board of Directors.

Patrick Heskins, BAMA chief executive, said: “Congratulations to the winners, runners up and all those who were highly commended and of course a huge thank you to all those who entered the 2019 awards.

“While we have we seen a record number of entries this year, what’s been most impressive is the breadth and standard of the products submitted.

“It’s been great to see the aerosol industry addressing some of the biggest social issues of the last few years. In AirForLife we have an incredible innovation that has the potential to save many lives”.

In addition to free publicity and a trophy, the winners in each of the five categories received a £500 voucher, redeemable against any of the many BAMA events or products. The runner ups in each category also received a £250 voucher.

European Filling Figures for aerosol

Of the 16 billion units globally produced, a third are made in Europe. The data in the attached report is the result of the 2018 figures submitted to FEA by each of its members, it provides a detailed summary on
European aerosol products production by country, segment and type. The graph also include the worldwide production overview.

What a Discovery – new R&D centre fully operational

It’s the 1st of May, I’m sitting at my computer at the BAMA offices, when an email pops up in my Inbox, announcing the opening of the a new R&D Centre by one of our member companies. Intrigued, I asked the sender for more details. Together with a press release on the subject, I also get an invitation to attend the actual opening ceremony, on the 21st May, at the company’s new site in Folkestone.
I can be there to witness the cutting of the ribbon by the senior management, be treated to a tour of the premises and ask all the inopportune questions I can think of. With a visit to Church & Dwight staring at me from the To-Do list in the office, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

On the day, I reach Folkestone nice and early, treat myself to a stroll along the north bank of the Channel, and then head to destination. On arrival, I am faced with an unassuming building, aptly named Discovery House. No-one in sight, apart from the PR executives who, with utmost efficiency, had provided me in advance with a detailed schedule for my visit. I am warmly welcomed and guided to the offices upstairs. That is where I discover a bright, light-filled open space that looks out on the ascending line of the North Downs. Bright green slopes that raise up to touch a gorgeous clear sky – on a glorious sunny day, you can be excused for feeling poetically inspired.
And this is where Church ad Dwight has relocated their research and development team, from formulators to packaging experts, equipping them with a dedicated creative room: wall boards, TV screen, flip charts, tables and crafts material to brainstorm, draw, and visualise ideas, feelings and concepts.

Spacious, white-washed rooms, a break-up kitchen area and an open space layout: all designed to facilitate interaction, while providing the quiet and relaxed atmosphere needed to chase your inspiration. And I do indeed interact. Within few seconds I spot some known faces: handshakes, smiles, introductions, and we all head downstairs to join what is now quite a crowd, gathered to congratulate Marita Alegre, the driving force behind this project. Marita joined Church & Dwight 3 years ago, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in the sector, together with the determination necessary to obtain the investments needed.

And between a drink and a slice of cake, I can see that the investment has been put to good use: the ground floor is taken up by a fully equipped lab, where product design can be tested and adjusted based on consumer-groups feedback. In fact, the ground floor also contains a room where groups can test the products and voice their impressions, picked up in real time by the same scientists who have created the product. The two separate worlds of users and makers are closer than ever, allowing for immediate reaction. Only one doubt – is the company carrying out ‘tester sessions’ at different locations and events, or should we accept that all over the country we share preferences and inclinations with the consumers in Folkestone?

BAMA enters in a Primary Authority Partnership with Hertfordshire County Council

We are pleased to inform you that from today, 20 May 2019, BAMA and its members are covered by a Primary Authority Partnership agreement with the Hertfordshire CC. The terms of the agreement are set by Statute and the partnership itself is non-exclusive (i.e. companies can fall under more than one PA agreement).

The areas covered by the partnership are:
– Trading standards
– Fire safety
– Petrol storage certification
– Explosives licensing

The partnership covers all areas within scope, but will focus on product safety and metrology. Initial advice is likely to include adoption of PAS7100, as well as reviewing existing advice to ensure compliance to the latest standards.

BAMA will forward all relevant communications to its members, through their company representative. Please, keep us informed of any change in your company representative’s contact details.

!!! Regulation Update!!!

Luckily or not we are still within the EU, and the checks of goods crossing our national borders haven’t yet tighten as most people expected them to. Depending on what the situation will be in November, things might well change and give us few more loops to jump through.
While the political elite gets through its umpteenth scuffle, business has to continue, trade must go on, and we all have to comply with the requirements of an ever changing regulation.
That, at least, is something BAMA can help you with.
On the subject of transport (by road, sea, train or air), we already know that aerosols are classed as ‘dangerous goods’and the transport regulations require that any shipment, including samples, must be properly declared and adequately packaged by staff that are ‘appropriately trained’ to the current legal requirements.
Said requirements have recently changed, to a limited extent but enough for BAMA to have to amend its 2017 Guide to the Transport of Aerosols, to make sure it still delivers you the most up-do-date requirements.
The 13th edition of the BAMA Guide to Transport is 100 pages (and you thought it was a marginal topic) of knowledge, distilled in an easy to follow format, with graphs and tables to facilitate understanding and to simplify reference searches at any stage.
It explains how to consign aerosols for transport, according to the mode you have chosen (rail, road, sea or air). It covers the classification, packaging, testing, marking and labelling requirements in each case and it explains what documentation is required.
The Guide includes the UN model regulations; it also tells you what sort of training is considered ‘appropriate’.
It is free to download for BAMA members, so you really have no excuses I’m afraid (we can liven things up with face-to-face training, though – just ask).

Aerosol industry reveals new record filling figures

Statistics announced by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) reveal 1.566 billion cans were filled in 2018, an increase of 4.5million units filled compared to the previous year.

It is another exceptional year for the industry, which has reported record high performance in three of the last four years.

The personal care sector continues to account for the largest volume of products, with anti-perspirants still the biggest seller in this sector and across the industry overall. BAMA data shows that 478m anti-perspirants were manufactured in 2018, increasing the 2017 production by 8million units.

Patrick Heskins, BAMA chief executive, said: “‘The industry has exceeded the previous year’s record-high production. This is an outstanding result, especially when placed in the context of challenging market conditions and one of the most difficult festive trading periods in the last decade.

“Aerosols continue to provide a convenient solution for billions of consumers’ daily routines, and while personal care items dominate the filling figures, we have seen impressive growth in a number of sectors, including medical and pharmaceuticals.”

Industrial, technical and veterinary products saw a significant growth, together with other niche household products, such as shoe care products and oven cleaners.

Made primarily with high grade metal and recognised as widely recyclable, aerosols help to avoid product damage and degradation as well as waste, dispensing the right quantities in the right place, accurately with no mess.

Aluminium continued to be the packaging material of choice for most products, with 879.7m products filled. This was a 3.6% increase on the previous year. As such, tinplate filling fell by 2.58% to 608.1m.

Patrick added: “UK Aerosol filling saw a very small dip in 2016 after record levels were reported in 2015, and since then, industry has continued to return strong figures. Despite market challenges and an uncertain political landscape, the aerosol industry continues to demonstrate its significance in UK manufacturing and to the wider economy.”

Update on Plastic Legislation

The European Single Use Plastics Directive is due to be adopted in April 2019, and that applies to the UK if it stays in the EU beyond the 29th March. As we write, it seems an extension of Article 50 is the most likely outcome, in which case, the UK would have to transpose the Directive into national law.
The Directive has been mainly designed to prevent plastic waste impacting on the marine environment. Because of their slow decomposition rate, plastics are a particular problem for the world’s oceans. Traces of plastic can be found in species such as whales, turtles, and birds, but also in seafood that ends up in the human food chain and ultimately in the human body.
The key elements of the SUP Directive are:
– the banning of plastic items such as: coffee stirrers, balloon sticks, cutlery, plates, straws and cotton bud sticks. Oxo-degradeable plastics and polystyrene food and drink containers will also be banned, as they tend to break down in smaller components rather than biodegrade.
– targets assigned to all member states aimed limiting the use of other plastic products
– beverage bottles to contain at least 30% recycled content by 2030
– target collection rate of 90% for post-consumer beverage bottles, by 2025

Member states will have 2 years to transpose the Directive into national legislation and it is likely that the UK, whether within or outside the EU, will implement similar measures.
As a result of the post-consumer collection rates target and recycled content requirements, significant investment in PET collection and reprocessing is expected to take place at national level.