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The British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association (BAMA) represents the aerosol supply chain, from suppliers of components and ingredients to Fillers and Marketers. The association offers a range of business support and advice services to members and represents the views of the industry to legislators and regulators.

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.

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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.

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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.

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BAMA announces appointment of new Chairman – Tony Brealey

The British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) has announced the appointment of Tony Brealey, managing director and co-owner of Reabrook Ltd, as Chairman of the association.

Mr Brealey will take over from Sebastian Alvarez (Unilever), who has served as Chairman of BAMA for more than two years and will step down, this summer.

Previously Chair of the Commercial and Planning Committee, and Vice-Chairman of BAMA, Mr Brealey’s focus will remain on delivering BAMA’s 2020 strategy and working with members and partners of the association, as well as strengthening relationships with sister bodies overseas to create a sustainable aerosol industry.

With more than 14 years’ experience at Summit Packaging Systems and previously a director of the BAMA board, James Smith will assume the role of Vice-Chairman.

Patrick Heskins, BAMA chief executive, said: “I am pleased to welcome both Tony and James to their new roles.

“As the new Chairman, Tony brings four decades of experience in the aerosol sector to the position and will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of BAMA and the aerosol industry during what is set to be a challenging period.

“I would like to thank Sebastian for his support during the last two years and his counsel as we have developed and implemented numerous initiatives to strengthen the future of the industry.”

Tony Brealey commented: “The aerosol sector has demonstrated sustained growth in the last six years, 2017 being another record year for the industry with more than 1.56 billion aerosol cans filled in the UK.

“But there remain many challenges ahead, particularly as Brexit approaches and we move into a more demanding and complex regulatory landscape.

“As Chairman, I look forward to working more closely with all of BAMA’s members and partners in the coming months as we seek to strengthen relationships in the UK and abroad and safeguard the future of what remains an extremely important sector within UK manufacturing.”

Reflecting on his tenure, Sebastian Alvarez, said: “It has been an immense pleasure and a privilege to lead the Board over this period.

“I want to thank the directors and the secretariat for all their support and for their help in making this an unforgettable experience. I will remain part of the aerosol community and I have every confidence BAMA will continue to lead the way for the aerosol industry into what promises to be an exciting future.”

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BAMA Innovation Day 2018 helps drive sustainable growth

Hosted by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, more than 120 people attended the 2018 BAMA Innovation Day.

14 presentations across the day examined a diverse range of subjects from consumer responses to differing packaging formats, to improving aerosol leak detection, protecting against corrosion and smart labelling, the event also considered how the use of smart packaging will contribute to sustainable growth of the aerosol industry.

Patrick Heskins, BAMA CEO said: “It was a privilege to hear from so many experts in such a broad range of disciplines across the sector and a real opportunity to share ideas and best practice as well as making new connections in the drive for sustainable growth.”

The free-to-attend event followed the success of the first Innovation Day held in April 2017. Key note speaker Dr James Tunstall, Scientific and Medical Products Ltd. said: “The BAMA Innovation day is a valuable opportunity for stakeholders to gain insight that simply isn’t possible otherwise, learning about innovations which can help drive growth and future proof the sector, as well as being an excellent networking opportunity.”
Patrick added: “With a high degree of uncertainty currently facing businesses not just in the UK but across Europe and an increasingly complex regulatory landscape to navigate, the Innovation Day 2018 provided an excellent opportunity for members and stakeholders throughout the industry to meet, showcase their innovations and discuss the challenges that must be tackled collectively in the years ahead.”

To find out about other BAMA events and training courses, please go to: BAMA Training Courses & Events or call: 020 7828 5111.

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Press Statement Regarding the “Deodorant Challenge”

8 May 2018

The British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) has expressed its concern regarding the so called ‘deodorant challenge’ which has seen school children inflict injuries upon themselves or each other by spraying deodorant onto exposed skin for extended periods of time.

A BAMA spokesperson said: “Aerosols, like all consumer products, are safe when used for their intended purpose and when following the manufacturer’s instructions.

“Deliberate or accidental misuse of many consumer products may have serious or even fatal consequences and aerosols are not an exception. It is important to read and follow the instructions for use. The industry remains confident in the safety of aerosol products when used correctly.

“All BAMA members who produce aerosol deodorants consider the safety of their customers to be a priority and all aerosol products are thoroughly tested for safe use before being placed on the market.

“BAMA offers labelling guidance to members which notes that aerosol deodorants should be held at least 15cm away from the skin when being applied. The association will continue to work closely with its members to ensure consumer safety.”

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A record year for aerosol manufacturers

More aerosols were manufactured in the UK last year than ever before according to latest industry figures.

The statistics were announced by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) which revealed a record 1.562 billion cans were filled in 2017.

The personal care sector accounted for the largest volume of products (1.13 billion aerosols filled). Anti-antiperspirants were the biggest seller in this sector and across the industry overall with BAMA data showing that 470m anti-antiperspirants were manufactured in 2017 – 13m more than the previous year, representing 3% growth.

Patrick Heskins, BAMA chief executive, said: “This year’s filling figures are welcome news and proof that UK aerosol manufacturing is thriving. We believe the record numbers are thanks to a combination of organic growth across the aerosol industry and filling activity being moved from mainland Europe to the UK.”

The annual statistics also show that the haircare sector had the largest growth over the past 12 months with 31% more products filled in 2017 than in 2016 – 150.5m and 114.8m respectively. These products include dry shampoo, mousse and hairsprays. Shaving products continued to sell well (171.7m products filled) as did perfumes and colognes which grew by 15% to 8.3m products filled.

Patrick added: “Aerosols continue to provide a convenient solution for billions of consumers’ daily routines. Personal care items underpin the industry’s consumer focus with the trend for powder-based anti-antiperspirants continuing in favour of body sprays and deodorants which do not contain powder actives. We expect this trend will continue to rise over the coming years.”

Air fresheners represented almost 75% of the household product filling sector with 198m products filled – a 20% rise on the previous year. BAMA credits the growth as attributable to the launch of new dry product ranges across Europe, helping to boost air freshener sales and in turn, filling figures. The number of polish and dusting aids filled has also increased by 15% to 20.7m.
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 848.9m products filled. This was however a 2% drop on the previous year. As such, tinplate filling grew by 8% to 705.3m. The split between aluminium and tinplate was 55% and 45% respectively.

Patrick added: “UK Aerosol filling, after a small dip in 2016, has come back strongly in 2017. Despite market challenges and an uncertain political landscape, the aerosol industry has continued to thrive and demonstrate that it is an important sector in UK manufacturing.”

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Three reasons to attend the BAMA Forum and Awards 2017 event

Why should you attend this annual event?
As we move into August, with Autumn just around the corner, we are very pleased to be turning our attention to the upcoming BAMA Forum and Awards in October. Already, we’ve put together a packed agenda which includes expert speakers, networking opportunities and an exciting program of entertainment.

With so many reasons to attend this year, it’s difficult to consider why you wouldn’t want to come along. But in case you were in any doubt, we have put together three reasons why attending this year is a good decision:

1. Network with the experts. It’s not often that experts from so many different sectors are under one roof at the same time. Invited to our event this year are guests from a range of different aerosol businesses, as well as speakers from the fields of consumer behaviour, recycling systems, the circular economy, packaging and technology.
As an association, we recognise the importance for businesses to keep up to speed in a world driven by continual political, technological and environmental developments. As well as opportunities for members to network during the conference period of this event, our drinks reception and dinner platforms are also aimed to provide ALL guests with a relaxed and professional arena where ideas and views can be exchanged and connections made.

2. Wine tasting! If you’ve ever wondered about the art of wine tasting or would like to add to your existing knowledge of this famed fermented grape juice then who better to enlighten you than former BBC 2 Food and Drink series presenter and wine connoisseur, Jilly Goolden?
During the drinks reception, Jilly will be sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge on the crispness, body and aroma of selected wines from around the world. Following the wine tasting there will be a four course meal followed by some surprise entertainment!

3. Industry knowledge and recognition If you are a BAMA member, you are invited to listen to presentations from a range of different speakers who will be sharing their thoughts on the aerosol industry from their own unique viewpoints. The diverse speaker line-up will provide our audience with a wide and informed view of where the aerosol industry is right now and where it will be in the future.
With just a month left until the entry deadline, members are invited to submit their entries to be in the running to win. Winning entries will receive industry recognition, press coverage and vouchers worth up to £500 for winners and £250 for runners-up in each of four categories.

BAMA Forum and Awards Dinner details
The BAMA Forum and Awards Dinner will be held at Oulton Hall, Leeds on the 18th & 19th October with both members and non-members invited to the evening dinner on the 18th. Members can attend the conference and submit award entries also. For further information please contact Amy Falvey or visit the BAMA website to book your place.

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BAMA News Update

We are pleased to announce the return of our regular monthly blogs to keep you abreast of all our news. As there has been so much happening in the world of BAMA and indeed, in the aerosol industry, we wanted to bring you up-to-date on some of the activity over the past six months, including welcoming of new members, the latest industry developments and upcoming BAMA events.

New members
Firstly, let’s talk members. We are delighted to announce that this year, we have brought on board nine new BAMA members from a range of different sectors including labelling, waste management and contract packaging & logistics, bringing us up to 84 members. We are on our way to meeting our goal of 100 members by the end of 2018!
New members include:
• Springfield Solutions
• Grundon Waste Management
• Lemonpath Contract Packing and Logistics
• Sarten Packaging
• Lisam Systems Ltd
• Melpass Ltd
• Emissco Ltd
• Exponent International
• Airpure International Ltd.

Australia reciprocal agreement (see image)
As well as welcoming new members, in March this year, to demonstrate our commitment to international trade, BAMA signed a reciprocal agreement with the Aerosol Association of Australia. We believe that this relationship will offer great benefits to members of both associations, particularly with the anticipated growth of the aerosol export market following the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

Innovation Day

And let’s not forget our BAMA Innovation Day held in April at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum – a great backdrop for the inspiring innovations we learned about on the day.
Speakers came from all over Europe to share and discuss their latest innovations, addressing the need for greater sustainability, driving cost efficiencies and maximising marketing opportunities.
Patrick Heskins talked about the BAMA Standard, the essential ‘cradle to grave’ point of reference for companies involved with the aerosol industry wanting to know more about aerosol design, supply, manufacturing, labelling and transportation.
Feedback from the day was extremely positive and we are already planning a bigger and better event for 2018. We hope you will join us!

Upcoming events
Looking to the future, there are lots of exciting things happening including our exhibition and speaking slot at the ADF conference in New York this September where BAMA’s membership and communications manager, Amy Falvey will be talking about the Future of Aerosols 2 project, the latest industry filling figures and the UK aerosol market.
Later on in the year, we will be hosting our 2017 BAMA Forum and Awards Dinner at Oulton Hall in Leeds. The event is set to be our best yet with a variety of different speakers giving their views on a variety of topics. We have already received some strong award entries from our members and are expecting even more before the 8th September deadline.
Finally, with the appointment of our new marketing and communications agency, Pelican Communications who specialise in packaging communications, we are looking forward to a very busy year promoting the industry and BAMA in new areas, enhancing perceptions of the aerosol as a sustainable packaging format, providing advice on safety standards and good manufacturing practice, plus, promoting the industry’s view to legislators, the media and key opinion formers.

Remember, whether you’re a member or not, if you have any feedback, suggestions or just want to chat – we’d love to hear from you.

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