Category Archives: Aerosol Industry

UK trade tariffs from January 2021

The UK Government announced the UK’s new MFN tariff regime, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT). This will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on 1 January 2021 at the end of the Transition Period.

The new tariff is tailored to the needs of the UK economy. It will support the economy by making it easier and cheaper for businesses to import goods from overseas. It is a simpler, easier to use and lower tariff regime than the EU’s Common External Tariff (EU CET) and will be in pounds (£), not euros.

The Government is taking a common-sense approach to the new tariff schedule by streamlining and simplifying nearly 6,000 tariff lines, and lowering costs for businesses by reducing administrative burdens. The changes include scrapping unnecessary tariff variations, rounding tariffs down to standardised percentages, and getting rid of all “nuisance tariffs” (those below 2%).

The UKGT also expands tariff free trade by eliminating tariffs on a wide range of products. The UKGT ensures that 60% of trade will come into the UK tariff free on WTO terms or through existing preferential access from January 2021, and successful Free Trade Area negotiations will increase this.

This will lower costs for businesses, ensuring they can compete on fair terms with the rest of the world, as well as keeping prices down and increasing choice for consumers.
The Government is maintaining tariffs on a number of products backing UK industries such as agriculture, automotive and fishing. This will help to support businesses in every region and nation of the UK to thrive. Some tariffs are also being maintained to support imports from the world’s poorest countries that benefit from preferential access to the UK market.

The UKGT was designed following widespread engagement with businesses across the UK. As it will come into force on 1 January 2021, it’s important that businesses can familiarise themselves with the new tariff regime ahead of this date.

Please, access https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-tariffs-from-1-january-2021 to check:

– what the tariffs apply to
– how to check the relevant tariff
– what goods are covered by tariff-rate quota

BAMA Filling Figures 2019

NEW FIGURES ILLUSTRATE AEROSOL INDUSTRY’S RESILIENCE

Statistics announced by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) reveal 1.521 billion cans were filled in 2019, marking a small drop compared to the previous year’s record performance.
Amidst the uncertainty posed first by Brexit and now by COVID-19, the filling figures for 2019 have been welcomed by industry, reflecting the sector’s resilience and the continued popularity of the aerosol format with consumers.

As in previous years, the personal care sector accounts 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 484m anti-perspirants were manufactured in 2019, an increase of 7% on 2018 figures while haircare products also saw an increase of 3% pointing to continued innovation, particularly in dry shampoos, with products such as waterless mousses and dry conditioners gaining in popularity.

Patrick Heskins, BAMA Chief Executive, said: “The UK aerosol industry showed it’s resilience despite the uncertainty surrounding trading and political matters throughout 2019.
“In spite of the closure of one of the UK’s major filling companies, and the uncertainties created by the decision to leave the EU, aerosol filling in 2019 only showed a reduction of 1% compared to 2018.
“Looking ahead, COVID-19 presents an altogether different challenge for all of us but the figures prove that the aerosol industry is nothing if not innovative and resilient.”

Production of personal care aerosols continues to dominate UK aerosol manufacturing with more than 74% of the cans filled in this category. The on-going trend for men to sport beards however saw a drop in the production of shaving foams and gels.

Volumes in the household sector remain strong at just over 17% of the total and production of household products into spray cans, particularly air fresheners, increased in 2019. There was also continued growth in the volume of OTC medicines dispensed as aerosols.

The volume of industrial and automotive aerosols filled dropped as a result of some production moving overseas after the closure of McBride in Hull. This, in addition to the drop in shaving preps being filled, caused a shift in the proportion of tinplate and aluminium aerosol cans being used with aluminium now accounting for 57% of the market, up around 7% on last year.

Patrick added: “Aerosols will continue to provide a convenient solution for both commercial and consumer use. I have no doubt we will continue to see sustained growth in the household products and hard surface cleaners for instance, as well as personal care products. Further growth in medical and pharmaceuticals also seems very likely in the years ahead.
“In the face of unprecedented and continued market challenges as well as an uncertain political landscape, the aerosol industry has continued to perform strongly and has clearly demonstrated its significance in UK manufacturing and to the wider economy once again.”

UK international trade

(COVID-19): Government support for UK businesses trading internationally

This guidance is issued by the UK Government and it advises UK businesses on:
– DIT support for UK business trading internationally
– financial support for business trading internationally

1. DIT support for UK businesses trading internationally
This advice is for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes:
– DIT support for UK business trading internationally
– financial support for business trading internationally

DIT can support businesses by:
– providing assistance with customs authorities to ensure smooth clearance of their products
– offering advice on intellectual property and other issues with business continuity

British businesses that may face disruption due to the spread of coronavirus can contact DIT’s dedicated business support team by emailing COVID19@trade.gov.uk.
This team will discuss the challenges faced by UK businesses that trade internationally to understand how best the department can support them.

Further guidance for employees, employers and businesses is also available online: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

1.1 Supply chains affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
If your supply chain has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), DIT can help you to find alternative suppliers. The department has relationships with a global network of businesses across the world and will be able to advise you on the options available.

If you have an advisory or professional services firm that can help UK companies to find alternative suppliers, email COVID19@trade.gov.uk with the subject line “Supply chain support”.

1.2 International support for businesses involved in overseas projects
If you are operating projects in other countries, follow local guidance and speak to your nearest UK embassy or consulate. Alternatively, you can read the general advice on Overseas Business Risk in the relevant country: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/overseas-business-risk

2. Financial support for British businesses trading internationally
The Chancellor announced (17 March 2020) an unprecedented package of government-backed and guaranteed loans to support businesses, making available an initial £330bn of guarantees – equivalent to 15% of GDP. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

This was on top of a series of measures announced at Budget 2020, where the government announced £30 billion of additional support for public services, individuals and businesses experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19.

On 20 March 2020, the Chancellor announced a further workers’ support package to protect millions of people’s jobs and incomes as part of the national effort in response to coronavirus. (SEE SPECIFIC ARTICLE ON BAMA’S BLOG)
A new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be set up to help pay people’s wages; Universal Credit and tax credits will also be increased as part of an almost £7 billion welfare boost; and to ease cash flow pressures for UK VAT registered businesses, VAT bills from now until the end of June, will be deferred until the end of the tax year.

Your business may be able to get support to lessen the cost or financial effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) through:
– the business interruption loan scheme from the British Business Bank as part of the Enable Finance Guarantee
– changes to Statutory Sick Pay
– the UK-wide Time to Pay – scheme for tax payment relief for businesses and self-employed people
– an increase in the Business Rates Retail Discount in England to 100% for a year, now expanded to the leisure and hospitality sectors
– cash support to all business in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) and funding for Local Authorities in England to support businesses that pay little or no business rates because of SBRR or Rural Rates Relief
– the temporary lowering of the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) for Universal Credit for those who have COVID-19 or are self-isolating following government advice

2.1 Financial support for exporters
UK Export Finance (UKEF) works with banks and insurance brokers to help companies of all sizes fulfil and get paid for export contracts. It provides guarantees, loans and insurance on behalf of the government that can protect UK exporters facing delayed payments or transit restrictions.
Help from UKEF:
– if your business is facing disruption due to late payments, UKEF can help ease cash flow constraints by guaranteeing bank loans through its Export Working Capital Scheme
– if you are concerned about getting paid, UKEF offers an export insurance policy that can help you recover the costs of fulfilling an order that is terminated by events outside your control

UKEF can also support finance for overseas buyers through the Direct Lending Facility scheme, so they can continue to buy your goods and services

UKEF has over £4 billion of capacity to support UK firms exporting to China, as well as significant capacity across other markets affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to help cover these risks.

To find out if UKEF covers your region, email customer.service@ukexportfinance.gov.uk

2.2 International business travel
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers the latest advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19), safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.

2.3 DIT coronavirus (COVID-19) business support contacts
If you have questions on international trade and coronavirus (COVID-19) email COVID19@trade.gov.uk

There are DIT offices around the world that can offer advice to businesses specific to your region or country. Contact your local embassy for further information.

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.

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.”

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.

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.”