The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is hosting its 2024 Mid-Year Meeting, a members-only event that serves as an opportunity for Industry leaders to discuss core legislative, regulatory, international, sustainability and outreach issues in the cleaning products arena. The ACI 2024 Mid-Year Meeting will take place June 10-12 in Arlington, VA. 

“ACI’s 2024 Mid-Year Meeting will provide members with an enhanced opportunity to network at committee meetings and through general sessions highlighting topics such as carbon sequestration, packaging and the 2024 Presidential Election,” said Melissa Hockstad, ACI President & CEO. 

The meeting’s general sessions include: 

  • Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage: An Overview of Available Technologies, Regulation and Transactional Considerations – presented by Arnold & Porter
  • Perspectives from Industry: Navigating Packaging Policy at Home and Abroad – presented by Consumer Brands Association, AMERIPEN 
  • State of the Association and Five Months Away: U.S. Election Year Update – presented by Melissa Hockstad, President & CEO, ACI 
  • Navigating the Rulemaking Landscape: Key Insights and Strategies
  • Beyond the Bottle: Insights on the Consumers Journey Towards Sustainable Products – ACI Future Leaders 

On Thursday, June 12, ACI will host an annual Congressional Fly-In event that brings members face-to-face with representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss Industry hot topics, including TSCA implementation and product packaging. 

This in-person program is open to ACI members. To learn more and register, visit ACI’s website

The Comité Français des Aérosols (French Aerosol Committee or CFA) has announced the website launch for Le Comité Technique du Recyclage de l’Emballage Métallique (Technical Committee for the Recycling of Rigid Metal Packaging or COTREM).

According to the CFA, COTREM is the equivalent for metal packaging of COTREP for plastic packaging recycling.

The CFA is a founding member of COTREM, which was founded in 2020 along with other partners. CFA noted that its experience enabled it to provide expertise to guide the optimization of packaging design for recycling in France.

For more info or to discover eco-design elements, click HERE

On May 15, the Eastern Aerosol Association (EAA) held its
Education & Networking Event at the Somerset Patriots
Stadium, TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater, NJ. The theme was RFID in Packaging.

Speakers Justin Patton (left) and Jonathan Yu.

Speakers included Justin Patton, Director, RFID Lab, Auburn University; Jonathan Yu, Director of Market Development, RFID General Merchandise, Avery Dennison; and Bob Hoheisal, Senior Manager, Walmart RFID Operations.

Erik Bednarski of American Spraytech throws out the first pitch…

EAA President Dennis Smith (Pacific Bridge)

The event also included breakfast, buffet lunch, networking with colleagues, life-sized aerosol can race and an exciting baseball game between New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate Somerset Patriots and the Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.


During the New York Society of Cosmetics Chemists (NYSCC) Awards Night, held in conjunction with NYSCC Supplier’s Day on May 1, Disruptive Materials was honored with the Ingredient Maverick Award for its Upsalite material.

A mesoporous magnesium carbonate, Upsalite is a multifunctional ingredient. Due to its narrow pore size distribution, Upsalite has a high surface area, enabling absorption of lipophilic and hydrophillic substances (sebum and sweat) simultaneously. 

Pictured: Mary Sundborg, VP of Sales & Marketing (right), and Erik Bamford, Director of R&D, accepted the Maverick Award on behalf of Disruptive Materials team.

Mauser Packaging Solutions is planning to shut down its aerosol can business in Cincinnati, OH and Sturtevant, WI, this summer. According to a May 9 letter sent to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in accordance with the Wisconsin Business Closing & Mass Layoff Law, “ongoing economic difficulties” was listed as the reason.

Despite the anticipated closure, Mauser is considering several options—including a potential sale, merger or other transaction—to keep operations open at the Sturtevant facility, “although no definite plans in this regard have emerged,” according to the letter.

If no alternative is found, the company intends to shutter its aerosol can operations on July 27, 2024, with layoffs affecting all 42 employees at the site.

According to a May 9 letter to customers, the firm also intend to cease the manufacturing of aerosol cans in Cincinnati, OH on or around July 27, 2024. The coil shearing area in Cincinnati, OH will continue production through August 30, 2024. 

Acquisition in Mexico

In other company news, Mauser also announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, BWAY Corp., has acquired Mexico-based Taenza, S.A. de C.V., a manufacturer of tin-plated steel aerosol, general line and sanitary cans, as well as steel pails.

“We are happy to welcome Taenza to our Mauser family,” said Mauser CEO Mark Burgess.

“Taenza’s legacy manufacturing capability and strong local presence in the Mexican markets combined with Mauser’s global network will enable us to make the Taenza business, and Mauser, more successful in the future.”

The transaction is expected to be complementary to Mauser’s existing business and provides numerous key strategic benefits, including growth opportunity in the Mexican paint, sanitary and specialty markets, and additional manufacturing locations, capacity and capabilities, said the company.


The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) will present a three-part webinar series on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Readiness.

As the first U.S. packaging EPR reporting deadlines draw closer and the concept continues to gain momentum, it is essential for companies to get acquainted with this new reality of complex and challenging regulations. Building off of the Primer on Packaging EPR webinar that HCPA hosted in April, this series of EPR Readiness education modules and associated guidance documents will include a checklist of steps for companies to take to get ready for packaging EPR and a glossary of important terms commonly used with respect to EPR.

The three webinars to be presented are:

Prepare for Packaging EPR on Tuesday, May 21, at 1 p.m. EDT. This webinar, the first in a three-part education module series on packaging EPR regulations, will cover how producers can get ready for packaging EPR implementation, including, what producers need to do to prepare for packaging EPR, what steps and processes are involved, and what support producers will need.

Business Impacts of Packaging EPR on Tuesday, June 4, at 1 p.m. EDT.  The second in a three-part education module series on packaging EPR regulations, this course will cover financial aspects of packaging EPR, including what costs are associated with preparing for packaging EPR, what is known about fee obligations, and when costs will hit budgets.

Packaging EPR Up Close on Tuesday, June 18, at 1 p.m. EDT. The final part of the series on packaging EPR regulations will feature a discussion between HCPA members and other stakeholders engaged in the Producer Working Group at Circular Action Alliance and/or in State regulatory processes about strategic engagement, including issues of concern to Industry, how these issues are playing out in context, and what HCPA members need to consider in responding to issues of concern.

The rate to attend an individual webinar is $100 for HCPA members and $150 for non-members. A three-part bundle rate is also available at $250 for members and $400 for non-members. For additional information and to register, visit


WASHINGTON, DC: May 9, 2024

As part of HCPA’s annual mid-year meetings at the Mayflower Hotel, the association is holding the inaugural Aerosol Education Session for regulators.

Andy Franckhauser (right) & Nicholas Georges introduce the inaugural HCPA Aerosol Education Session for legislators in Washington, DC.

More information to come on and in coming issues of SPRAY.



In a new collaboration with American Hiking Society (AHS), Zevo On-Body, from Procter & Gamble, will provide its On-Body Mosquito + Tick Repellent pump spray at select trail sites on June 1 for AHS’s 32nd Annual National Trails Day to provide 8-hour odorless, non-sticky, feel-good protection.

While grassy and wooded areas can be peaceful places to hike, they are also one of the places that bugs love most. Zevo On-Body helps outdoor lovers prepare for inevitable itchy and annoying bug bites that come with the territory. Zevo’s active ingredient, IR3535, is inspired by a naturally occurring amino acid, which effectively blocks mosquito and tick receptors.

“Zevo was drawn to AHS and their desire for a world where everyone has access to the great outdoors, feeling a sense of belonging within the hiking community,” said Chetan Parekh, VP & General Manager of Zevo.

“We believe that bugs shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying the things they love and we’re inspired by the outdoor enthusiasts’ passion for giving back. That’s why we are so glad to help them prepare for this important day with Zevo,” Parekh added.

National Trails Day is a celebration where thousands of hiking and outdoor enthusiasts across the nation gather in their communities to serve and protect the natural spaces around them.

“AHS is proud to have Zevo support our hikers this year for our nationwide day of service,” said Heather Klein Olson, the organization’s Executive Director.

“National Trails Day participants are fueled by a common appreciation for hiking and the outdoors, and now they can rest assured their experience on the trails will be comfortable with Zevo on-hand as a strong defense against mosquitoes and ticks.”

For more information on Zevo visit To learn about AHS and register for National Trails Day events in your community, visit or

Suzanne Carroll, Senior VP of Home & Personal Care at Nouryon, is the newly elected Vice Chair of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) Board of Directors. She is joined by Sean Moriarty, VP & General Manager, Surfactants, at Stepan Company, as ACI Board Treasurer.


The Board elected its new officers and five new Directors at its latest meeting. The executives from across the cleaning product supply who joined the Board include:

  • Rene Garza, Senior VP, Planetary Health Biosolutions, Novonesis
  • Christian MacIver, President & COO, Pilot Chemical Co.
  • Easwar Ranganathan, General Manager, Marketing, Shell Chemicals, LP
  • Martina Spinatsch, Senior VP, Research & Development, Henkel Consumer Brands, North America
  • Charlie Zimmer, Senior Global Business Director, Industrial Solutions, Dow Inc.

New members of the Board’s Executive Committee include:

  • Rene Garza, Senior VP, Planetary Health Biosolutions, Novonesis
  • Sean Moriarty, VP & General Manager, Surfactants, Stepan Co.
  • Erik Roberts, Senior VP, Global Fabric & Home Care Purchasing, Procter & Gamble

The complete Board roster is available here.

The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) announced the election of David Greenberg as its new board chair. Greenberg, who has served as the CEO of L’Oréal USA and President of the North America Zone since his appointment in February 2022, has a 30-year career in the beauty and personal care industry, marked by numerous achievements and transformative strategies.


“David is a visionary industry leader whose profound understanding of the beauty landscape and his commitment to innovation has driven substantial growth in every role he has held,” said PCPC President & CEO Tom Myers.

“His transformative strategies, coupled with a strong focus on consumer-centricity and people development, have been instrumental in his leadership at L’Oréal USA,” Myers added.

“We are thrilled that in his new Board role he will help us continue to navigate the evolving market dynamics and advocate for the beauty and personal care sector.”

Greenberg has spent more than 30 years at L’Oréal in leadership roles across markets, divisions, brands and functions, including leading the L’Oréal Mexico Consumer Products Division, driving internal transformation as the Senior VP for Human Resources for L’Oréal USA, and, prior to becoming CEO of the largest subsidiary of the L’Oréal Groupe, leading and driving a major acceleration and business model transformation of the Professional Products Division in the U.S. and Canada.

“I am honored to serve as the board chair for the Personal Care Products Council, an organization that plays a vital role in the advocacy and progression of the beauty and personal care industry,” said Greenberg.

“I look forward to working alongside other industry leaders to further foster a landscape of innovation, safety and trust that meets the diverse needs of our consumers worldwide.”

Greenberg’s appointment marks a significant milestone in PCPC’s history, following his long-time Vice Chairmanship role on the Board of Directors that championed the historical passage of the Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022, and will now shift to promoting the essential role beauty plays in society as a whole. Under his leadership, PCPC will increase its advocacy efforts to promote science-based public policies and promote the industry’s commitment to innovative and sustainable cosmetics and personal care products, further enhancing consumer trust in the safety and quality of the products they use and rely on every day.