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About BAMA

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.

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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BAMA – helping you future proof your business

Patrick Heskins, CE of BAMA

Patrick Heskins, CE of BAMA

When I joined BAMA a year ago I was fortunate enough to inherit a substantial piece of work called the Future of Aerosols 2 project, a follow-up to the original Future of Aerosols 1 project which was completed in 2001. This first programme focused on technical subjects and solutions to see the aerosol industry into the 21st century.

For BAMA, sustainability and especially environmental sustainability has for decades been at the heart of what we do. During the Future of Aerosols 2 project, BAMA worked with Forum for the Future who reinvigorated our own thinking about environmental sustainability and also made recommendations about how companies should work towards a sustainable future within their own business environments. Examples are: persuading companies to consider how social media might impact on aerosol products; or the effect of the skills gaps within the aerosol industry.

BAMA, via its Committees, will be working on a number of Innovation themes to help our industry tackle some key issues including:
• The Circular Economy
• Air Quality – both indoor and outdoor
• Addressing Chemicals of Concern
• Using Aerosols to Meet Human Health Needs
• Harnessing the Power of Social Media
• Creating Flexible and Resilient Supply Chains.
Each of these themes is now developing into work areas for the Committees.

As part of the work-stream of the Future of Aerosols, Forum for the Future consulted widely across industry to understand the factors which our members felt would have an effect on their business in the coming years. These were then developed into Factor Cards which detailed the background of the issues, providing information and data to help people understand the impact of these factors in greater depth.

At workshops, BAMA members studied these factors and decided which were most important to the wider aerosol industry. These were then prioritised and put into an Impact/Uncertainty Matrix. From here the groups could narrow down the themes to those shown above and also run Innovation Sessions to think about how we might bring about solutions to these themes. This Future Thinking process is now available to all BAMA members – free of charge.

The toolkit used by BAMA Members in this study can be downloaded from the Community Area of the BAMA website, along with the report BAMA is working through.

We at BAMA believe this is an excellent opportunity for companies, big and small, to take a step back from their day-to-day business and think about the challenges they might face in the next 10 or 20 years. The Factors used cover such a broad spectrum of subjects the Future Thinking process could be applied in one area of your business, say R&D or manufacturing, or more widely, to review and consider how you want your company to develop and grow in the future.

To help with Future Thinking, BAMA will moderate and facilitate workshops at members companies, also free of charge. All we ask for is a big enough room and a couple of days from a group of your staff to take the process through.

If this is of interest, please contact us and we can discuss helping you to Future Proof your business.

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Are you a winner? 5 steps to success in the BAMA Awards 2016

Industry Awards can help business. There is no doubt about that. Achieving awards impresses customers; they reward and motivate staff; and the additional publicity can help promote your BAMA Awards Entry Form 2016 1business, differentiating your brand or company from the competition. The BAMA Awards are particularly highly valued as these pick the best of the best in the UK aerosol sector.

This year the organisers have changed the Awards structure and requirements a little. The first stage – having a great potential entry – is something you’ll already have underway of course. Stage two is now the crucial factor and it’s not as easy as it sounds. There’s an art as well as a science to successful Awards’ entries. We oversea the judging and that’s not always as easy as it should be. Helping the judges understand what you do and why you’ve done it should be obvious. Many entrants, however, just fail to step back and ask some basic questions before completing the entry form.

There are 5 steps to success. Here are the main questions you should ask yourself:

Question 1
What was this product created to do and why is it different?

Don’t assume it will be obvious. If the design is innovative – say so. If the product meets a hitherto unmet need, spell it out. Don’t just talk about the technicalities and the way the product operates: say how it helps the user or consumer.

Question 2
What is the word or page limit for each submission?
This is crucial to help the judges to consider each entry against its competitors. So please help them by complying with the requested word limit.

Question 3
Do I qualify?

Make sure the product was launched into the market sometime since 1 January 2015. You must be a BAMA member to enter. Make sure that if the project was jointly carried out with another company or individual, that you are permitted to submit this for entry and that you are happy for the publicity that will flow if you are successful.

Question 4
Have I supported my entry fully?
Have you completed the title of your entry with something snappy and memorable? Did you remember to include product or pictures according to the rules stipulated? Above all, did you tell the story behind the entry? It’s useful to ask someone unconnected with the company or project to read through the draft entry just to make sure that, for someone who comes to this afresh, you haven’t made assumptions about knowledge outsiders can’t possibly have. If there is a technical aspect to the entry, spell out in plain English why your solution solves a problem as well as how. Give statistics too – these could be about the unmet need, the number of sales, production…

Question 5
Have I left enough time?

Our advice is: start now. The deadline for entries is way off, you’re probably thinking. After all, it’s not until September. But wait, that is only a few short weeks away. Starting to draft your entry NOW will ensure that you give it your best shot.

That’s it. Simple. A successful entry in just 5 steps. We wish all our members luck in the prestigious 2016 Awards.

To download the entry form and rules of entry click here

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Falvey in the BAMA office.

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BAMA Launches 2016 Awards

2015 Aerosol of the Year Winners - Swallowfield plc & PZ Cussons Ltd with Dominic Holland, Patrick Heskins & Amy Falvey

2015 Aerosol of the Year Winners – Swallowfield plc & PZ Cussons Ltd with Dominic Holland, Patrick Heskins & Amy Falvey

Now in our eighth year, the BAMA Awards always provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the latest innovations within the aerosol industry and highlight many of the UK’s success stories. The Awards Gala Dinner also provides an excellent opportunity for networking within the industry.

This year we have introduced some new categories following feedback from last year’s judging process.

The new categories include:
• New Aerosol of the Year
• Process Safety and Training
• Sustainability
• Aerosol Packaging.

There will also be a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ nominated by the BAMA Executive Committee.

The Awards will be presented on the evening of 19th October 2016 at The Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. Members and their guests will be entertained by the acclaimed comedian, former policeman and raconteur, Alfie Moore, a popular after-dinner speaker.

Companies engaged in any aspect of the aerosol industry but which are not already members of BAMA, may enter the Awards and apply to attend the Forum and Gala Dinner as long as they have applied for membership and have had their application accepted before 7th September 2016 – which is the closing date for entries. The entry form is now available to download from the BAMA website and is open to all BAMA members at: www.bama.co.uk/forum.

Patrick Heskins, Chief Executive of BAMA, says: “The UK aerosol industry continues to go from strength to strength. The BAMA Awards helps to recognise the hard work and endeavour of the industry in important areas such as Innovation and Sustainability. I look forward to seeing another set of high quality submissions from members.”

To book your place at the 2016 BAMA Forum & Awards, please visit http://www.bama.co.uk/training.php or email amyfalvey@bama.co.uk.

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New BAMA Guide on safe warehousing of aerosols

In our last blog we talked of the importance of the training which BAMA provides regarding the handling of aerosols.

Training is vital of course. However, having regard to the rules for warehousing and logistics is something that everyone engaged in handling and storage needs to be aware of. This is where BAMA’s thorough guide ‘The Warehousing of Aerosols: A BAMA Guide to Safe Storage’ comes in. Importantly, you should be aware that the 5th edition of this invaluable publication is now available to download from the BAMA site. Members must log in to obtain a FREE copy.

It covers the general requirements for safe storage; regulations; safety issues; control of hazards; and the safe disposal of aerosols.

Dr Paul Jackson, BAMA’s Technical Director, said: “Storage of filled aerosols requires careful consideration because of the risks associated with flammable propellants and liquids in order to avoid warehouse fires. The storage of filled aerosols has been the subject of much study by BAMA. The purpose of our guide is to help maximise safety levels in aerosol warehouses, whether in large or small operations”.

The key changes in this edition of the Guide are amended guidance notes on the COMAH regulations following the changes in 2015 whereby a hazard category – ‘flammable aerosols’ – was BAMA_WarehousePoster Scatter_RGBintroduced. In addition, the Guide contains some new Annexes to highlight the many changes in the regulations, many of which will only affect larger warehouse operators.

Advice on retail storage of aerosols is available, free of charge, from BAMA in a separate publication: 'Guide to Retail Storage and Display of Aerosols'. For copies of either of these Guides, email enquiries@bama.co.uk.

For members of the Association the Warehousing Guide is free of charge, for non-members there is a nominal fee of £100.

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Warehousing and transporting aerosols requires guarantees of compliance and safety

Paul Jackson, Technical DirectorSome training can be an optional extra; whilst other types of training deliver health, safety or even the future security of your company’s business.

BAMA is justifiably proud of its work over several decades to raise standards and improve safety in the aerosol industry. Apart from the manufacturing of aerosols, we also attend to safety throughout the supply chain. For companies that handle, store or transport aerosols, we offer training that is an essential ‘must do’ part of their operation.

BAMA offers accurate, sophisticated and up to date information, training at a level that helps with compliance and offers peace of mind. Our one-day training seminars on consigning aerosols for transport and on warehousing are generally regarded to be exemplary of their kind.

Because of our desire to improve safety, we don’t limit our training to Members but make it available to anyone in any company or organisation that might need it. The next round of seminars will take place this month and will be held in Stevenage.

As one delegate put it: “The transport/warehousing courses run by BAMA are a fantastic way of ensuring your business is familiar and up to date with the requirements for storing and transporting aerosols. What makes it even more useful is having access to the experts at BAMA in the room who encourage discussion and bring clarity to the already complicated legislation in place”.

The transport regulations require ‘appropriate training’ for personnel consigning aerosols for transport and these are updated on a two year cycle. This means that people should refresh their training every few years. According to the Department for Transport ‘appropriate training’ for consigning aerosols is provided at the BAMA transport seminar.

Transporting aerosols – 18 May 2016
Aerosols are classed as ‘dangerous goods’ for transport and the transport regulations require that any shipment of aerosol goods, including samples, must be properly declared and adequately packaged by staff that are ‘appropriately trained’ to the current regulations

This course delivers an understanding of how the regulations for the transport of dangerous goods are developed by the UN and applied to the transport modes (i.e. for road, rail, sea and air).

The course is aimed at employees involved in the consignment of aerosols for transport in the UK and internationally and provides them with the appropriate training to fulfil the requirements of ADR (road), RID (rail), and IMDG (sea). It also gives an understanding of what is needed to consign aerosols for transport by air.

A certificate and the latest edition of the BAMA Transport Guide are issued to those who attend.
Non Members Price: £350.00 +VAT
BAMA Members Price: £150.00 +VAT

Warehousing aerosols – 26th May 2016
This one day seminar will provide expert guidance on how to assess and minimise the risks of storing filled aerosols and how to comply with current legislative requirements. The course is designed for anyone involved in storing filled aerosols throughout the supply chain, including third party warehousing and retail regional distribution centres.

A certificate, a set of six warehouse posters and the latest edition of the BAMA Warehousing Guide are issued to those who attend.
Non Members Price: £250.00 +VAT
BAMA Members Price: £125.00 +VAT

Members of the UK Warehousing Association have access to this course at the BAMA Member rate.

For further details on the course click here.

Dr Paul Jackson, Technical Director

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