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BAMA’s World renowned Aerosol Technology Course is having a make-over!

Packed into two days is information on aerosol regulations, formulations and filling, as well as advice on the choice of propellants, valves, containers – bought to you by industry experts.

And the new format Day 2 will now incorporate a practical workshop in the UK aerosol laboratory of the Lindal Valve company. Here you will learn more about valves, the basics of sealing the valve to the can and get to fill different formulations. You will also be able to carry out lab tests on aerosols that measure the discharge rate, the particle size distribution and the flammability of the aerosols.

This course will help those in all functions across the industry, from R&D to procurement, from line operatives to senior managers. It distils all aspects of aerosol technology in to an easily digestible format, showing how each part of the aerosol package interacts to create the final consumer product, that is unlike any other packaging format.

The course cost now includes overnight accommodation and an evening meal, where you can spend time networking with the course tutors and the other delegates and, if you want, learn a little more about the history of the industry in an informal environment. Spaces will be limited due the number of people we can safely fit in to the lab and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The new Technology Course will be taking place on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th March 2020 at The Woburn Hotel, Woburn, Milton Keynes. For more information and to take advantage of this exciting development contact Sallytilbury@bama.co.uk.

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.

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 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.

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.