BAMA Forum with program!

October 16-17, 2019 in Oulton Hall, Leeds, UK

In his opening speech at the members’ forum of the British Aerosol Association BAMA, Tony Brealey, Chairman of the association, briefly mentioned the highlights of the lecture program that was presented to the members across two days. The participants in this year’s members’ meeting came in force and in a good mood to Leeds, more precisely to Oulton Hall, in order to meet on October 16-17. Keynote speakers, trade professionals from the national and international aerosol industry, and of course company representatives from BAMA’s member companies were in attendance. Patrick Heskins, Chief Executive of the association, presented program details and the annual report. With pride, Heskins announced current production figures, which increased again, to a record of more than 1.5 billion filled aerosol cans. Furthermore, the past year was also very successful in other areas of association activity. In particular, the association’s “Innovation Day,” was very well-received. The third event of this type is planned for April 2020. Some workshops and aerosol trainings were conducted this year and last, many committees met, and the discussion evenings were also successful. The new website was also received with enthusiasm, as was the online training area that is planned for next year. Furthermore, Heskins mentioned the newsletter, which developed well. In 2018, the association’s work was terrific, said Heskins in his talk, but the association has plans to keep it up and do even more for the national aerosol industry in the coming years. In the future, there is also a plan to summarize essential topics and make these available to the industry in one-hour webinars. The topic of BREXIT was another focal point of his talk, and here too, he maintained that BAMA is in close contact with the important offices that consider the industry’s concerns in the BREXIT negotiations. Heskins also briefly detailed the lecture program, which looked like this:


Welcome Tony Brealey, Chairman, BAMA

Introduction and BAMA update Patrick Heskins, Chief Executive, BAMA

Ready for real recycling? Tony Waite, President, The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL)

Dry shampoos: evolution, revolution and regulation Andrew Robertson, Technical Service Chemist, Nouryon

Spotting, riding and shaping the flux Tom Podkolinksi, CEO, uMist Technologies LtdAdvice on no-deal preparation Lee Vousden, Policy Manager, Chemicals, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Blockchain and the supply chain Wen Chen, Director, CLAP Associates


Creating that “Icing on the cake” moment Hardip Pabla, Founder and Managing Director, Perfect Little Cakes

Driving systems change in turbulent times Hannah Pathak, Director, Forum for the Future

Membership, professional development and collaboration for chemists in industry

Jessica Evans, Membership Recruitment Executive and Jenny Lovell, Program

Manager, Innovation, Royal Society of Chemistry

The latest on US activities that affect the aerosol industry Nicholas Georges, Senior Director, Scientific & International Affairs, Household & Commercial Products Association

Innovation in the FMCG sector Satty Sahota, Key Account Manager for FMCG Sector,Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

UK Regulatory Update Paul Jackson, Technical Director, BAMA

Closing remarks

Tony Brealey, Chairman, BAMA

A gala dinner in the Oulton Hall Hotel, the event location, concluded the first day of the forum with intensive conversations, great food, and good entertainment. The lecture program continued the next morning and offered participants another opportunity at the lunch buffet to network and exchange ideas.

The 2019 BAMA Awards – Results Announced 

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.

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


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.

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