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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 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.

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.

UKCA mark replaces CE: when and how to use it

Dear BAMA Member

Although Government assures us it is working to get a deal with the EU before the March 20th leaving date it is also accelerating the amount of information is it providing to business in the event of no-deal. You will see below links to Technical Notices on regulations and Nominated Persons as well as details on the new UKCA mark which replace the CE mark. The note below explains the circumstance in which you should use the UKCA mark.
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As you are aware, delivering a deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority. The Government is accelerating no-deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality, as it is the responsible thing to do and will continue to publish guidance to business and citizens to ensure you/your organisations can make informed preparations.

You may be aware that the Government recently updated its technical notices on Goods regulated under the ‘new approach’ if the UK leaves the EU without a deal and Nominated persons (including authorised representatives) if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. These notices are intended to provide guidance to manufacturers of certain goods on how to prepare for Brexit if there is no agreed deal between the EU and the UK.

The Government has today (Saturday 2 February) published the new UK marking (UKCA). In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal the new marking may be applied to certain products, such as toys and machinery, sold in the UK, replacing the CE marking.

In most cases manufacturers will not need to use the UK marking immediately. In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal manufacturers will be able, for a period of time, to continue to use the CE marking when placing their products on the UK market (if their product meets the relevant EU requirements). This would include products that have had any necessary third-party assessment carried out by an EU-recognised body. The Government would consult businesses before taking a decision on when this period would end.

Products being exported to the EU which currently require the CE marking will need to carry the CE marking to demonstrate compliance with the relevant EU regulatory requirements.

Manufacturers will need to use the UK marking if their products require third party assessment of conformity and if this has been carried out by a UK-based Notified Body (post-exit called an Approved Body). In that case you will have to apply the new UKCA marking after 29 March 2019 (where required by legislation) as the EU will cease to recognise the ability of UK bodies to apply the CE marking. This will not be the case if the certificate of conformity has been transferred to an EU-recognised Notified Body (in which case the CE marking would apply).

For guidance on whether or not your business will need to use the new marking and how to use it, please visit the government’s guidance on using the UKCA marking.

If you have any questions regarding the UK mark, please contact us at goodsregulation@beis.gov.uk. We are receiving a high volume of correspondence at this time but will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can. We are also considering what further guidance would be useful and would be very grateful for any feedback on the guidance and on specific issues where more detail would be useful.

The Goods Regulation Team, BEIS
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Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we will attempt to find you an answer.

BAMA, ADF and European post-Brexit prospects

As we all know, and we are probably sick of hearing, on 29th March 2019 it is planned that the UK will leave the European Union, but three years on from the referendum it is still not known what settlement will be agreed between the EU and the UK.
Chief executive of BAMA, Patrick Heskins, talked about this decidedly hazy landscape in his presentation at the ADF/PCD Paris exhibition.
The ADF/PCD Paris exhibition is Europe’s premier expert innovation event for aerosol and cosmetic packaging. On 30th and 31st January, leading suppliers from a variety of sectors gathered to present their innovations to the industry, and the event was extremely well attended.
In his presentation entitled: ‘Brexit – where are we?’, Patrick explained what the new trading arrangements might look like, what Brexit could mean for EU countries exporting to the UK, and what the regulations could be when trading across this ‘new’ European border.
He also discussed the options still open to the British government and worst-case scenarios in terms of trade tariffs and regulations.
This insecurity surrounding Brexit has also prompted BAMA to reassess the way it addresses international trade shows such as FLADA in Brasil, ADF New York and the Ningbo exhibition in China.
Patrick delivered his presentation on the second day of the conference, ensuring BAMA maintained its visibility with the audience, as well as securing coverage on the show’s website in advance of the event.
In addition, a BAMA/CFA joint workshop was organised to take place in Paris following the close of the ADF event in order to capitalise on the number of industry representatives already in the area.
While the outcome of the ongoing Brexit negotiation is still uncertain, BAMA remains committed to representing the interests of its members both at home and abroad and will maintain a cautious approach to investments at least until the post-Brexit situation becomes clearer.

2018 BAMA Forum Highlights

Now in its tenth year, the BAMA Forum and Awards dinner took place last week at the stunning Oulton Hall Hotel in Leeds.

In a record year for aerosol manufacturers, BAMA chief executive Patrick Heskins had a lot to be positive about.

Addressing the forum, he said: “Last year the UK filled 1.56 billion aerosols. You continue to amaze me. The number of products that come out of UK factories is quite astonishing.”

Inevitably the thorny issue of Brexit was a talking point, of which Patrick said: “Nobody actually knows what’s going to go on so we have to look at the worst case – hard Brexit. But we will be upping the information that we get to you. We also need to look at what’s imported into the UK. It could have as much impact on people that are importing as well as exporting.”

Thankfully one of the speakers at the event was there to talk specifically about the ‘b’ word. Rina Sond, Commercial Partner at Longmores Solicitors provided attendees with an informative overview of the legal implications Brexit could have on UK businesses, plus tips on how to best prepare for it.

A range of other topical issues were also covered by speakers at the forum, amongst whom was David Harrison, Client Director at Franklands Insurance and Risk Management, who outlined what can be covered by cyber insurance for manufacturing companies.

One of the highlights of this year’s forum was a presentation by Mary Frash, Head of Marketing for Ball Aerosol Packaging. In late 2017 she was among an industry group tasked with improving consumer perception of aerosol products in America. The result was Mist: Understood, a campaign designed to shift people’s perceptions of aerosols particularly amongst millennials. Mary said: “In the USA we have adoption issues with aerosols. Many consumers prefer stick deodorants and there’s confusion over CFCs and recyclability. “If consumers don’t think aerosols are recyclable then we have a problem.”

The marketers undertook consumer-centric research which incorporated social media listening. It revealed that the campaign’s conscious connector was male whose interests included things like garage projects.

The campaign began in August and kicked off with a project which saw artist Mike Graves create a spray-painted community mural at a Denver restaurant alongside members of the public. The mural was designed to address consumers’ environmental concerns about aerosols.

Mary added: “The content of the mural resonates with our target audience and it was a hugely successful day. It raises up the entire industry if aerosols have a better perception from consumers.”

It was as always, an incredible two days. Thanks to all who attended, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.