Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Benefits of Membership

Amy FalveyThe British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association, BAMA, is launching a new pamphlet, ‘BAMA – The Benefits of Membership’ at Making Cosmetics 2016 on 15-16th March at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The Association is exhibiting at the Show and is for the first time organising one of the seminars, on the afternoon of 15th March, which is free to visitors. The BAMA team will be telling those in the business of manufacturing or marketing cosmetics about the benefits of including the aerosol as part of their packaging range.

As I’ve said in the foreword to the booklet: “BAMA is renowned throughout the world as setting standards of excellence that are the best. That is why, if your company isn’t already a member, you should apply to join”.

The booklet details a number of benefits and services which members have access to, amongst them:
Issues management tackling environmental, health, safety, transport, handling and technical mattersThe Benefits of Membership
Prompt information and support on aerosol matters
Effective EU and UK industry advocacy on legislation and proposed regulations
Free BAMA publications, test methods and expert guides to the latest legislation and good manufacturing practices, including a free copy of the regularly updated BAMA Standard for Consumer Safety and Good Manufacturing Practice
Access to the members-only section on the BAMA website
A comprehensive guide to compliance with the Aerosol Dispensers Directive
Valuable resources to tackle REACH requirements including the BAMA indoor air model
Promotion of your company’s details on the BAMA website
Training seminars at preferential rates
Invitations to member-only events including the BAMA Forum and Awards Dinner
Applications for the annual members-only BAMA Awards
Two concise bi-monthly newsletters – one commercial and one technical
Annual filling statistics by sector
Access to BAMA’s committees

For a copy of the booklet or for more membership information email me at, call +44 (0)207 8285111 or visit stand 417 at Making Cosmetics.

Amy Falvey, Communications Manager, British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA)

New Year Message from BAMA’s Chief Executive

Patrick Heskins, Chief ExecutiveA very Happy New Year to one and all. Six months into my position here at BAMA, I thought it appropriate to review my first half year and what we have to look forward to in the coming months.
So what happened in the second half of last year? After a month of job sharing with Dr John Morris, the reins were transferred and I was flying solo (I promise no more mixed metaphors). As I got up to speed with the daily challenges in the office here in Stevenage I soon realised that, even after more than 25 years in the aerosol industry, I still had much to learn.

With the much appreciated help of Paul Jackson, our Technical Director, and Amy Falvey, Communications Manager, I managed to survive my first round of committee meetings, the AGM, and my first Forum as Chief Exec, which I thoroughly enjoyed. For 2016, we hope to top last year’s event with a healthy mix of interesting and topical presentations, some interactive sessions and changes to the BAMA Awards, with new categories for member companies to enter.

2016 will see much activity on the European front. The Aerosol Dispensers Directive starts the process of being reviewed by the European Commission and, working with our members, with our sister associations across Europe and with FEA, we plan to ensure that the needs of BAMA member companies are considered and communicated. Working with the membership, BAMA has completed the first stage of the Future of Aerosols 2 study. Now the hard work begins as we assess the output and the committees decide how to best approach some challenging themes.

As well as the work the committees will do, we also hope to use the toolkit created by the study to help members prioritise their own sustainability plans. Environmental sustainability continues to be a core part of our strategy, building on the industry’s track record in recycling and reuse of materials. Safety and standards which BAMA has promoted continue to be amongst the best in the world and our reputation is justly excellent in that regard. All that we do in 2016 will continue to build on these core strengths.
The toolkit will help members to review their businesses not just from an environmental perspective but other areas which may affect member companies including training, skills and communication.

I will be visiting a number of members during 2016 to discuss what BAMA does and how best we can help, especially with regard to technical input and training. Here’s looking forward to a healthy and prosperous 2016.

Patrick Heskins

What was the Judging Panel for the BAMA Awards looking for in the award entries?

September saw the arrival of the judging panel for the BAMA Awards met at BAMA head offices in Stevenage, to review the BAMA Awards entries and nominate the winners and runners-up. Now in their eighth year, the BAMA Awards recognise and promote the high standards in the UK aerosol industry and are much sought after – providing a valuable way of promoting businesses.

This year’s panel was drawn from the worlds of retailing, politics and environmental policy. The judges were: Paul Broadhead, Technical Manager from Morrison’s, Stephen McPartland MP for Stevenage and Zoe Le Grand, Principal Sustainability Advisor from Forum for the Future.

They were tasked with reviewing the entrants into the four categories:
• New Aerosol of the Year
• Process Safety and Training
• Sustainability
• Aerosol Packaging.

It was interesting to find out what the judges were looking for as their very different backgrounds and experience meant they each had different aspects which interested them

Paul BroadheadPaul Broadhead, Technical Manager from Morrison’s, said:

“I try to put myself in the shoes of our customers. What benefits does the entry give to the end user, a great idea, a practical use, what does it do that is better to what’s already out there?”

stephenmcpartland_imgStephen McPartland MP for Stevenage commented:

“I was looking for innovation which would give access to new markets so the aerosol industry can grow.”

Zoe Le GrandMeantime, Zoe Le Grand, Principal Sustainability Advisor from Forum for the Future told BAMA:

“I was particularly interested in seeing innovation to meet a human need. Something that illustrates radical innovation in function and materials that leads to chemical reductions, lower CO2, for industry improvement and potential for scale.”

We thank the panel for their time and input – there certainly seemed to be much debate. The results of the Awards will be announced at the BAMA Awards on the 19th October.

We thank all Members who entered. As always, the standard of entries was very high.

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