The 2023 British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) Awards Dinner & Ceremony was recently held at Carden Park, Cheshire, UK. The event attracted a record number of attendees and a larger-than-ever number of entries. The winners were:

Andy Dawson, Hydrochem (left) took home the Special Recognition Award. Photo by
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Winner: Grundon, Asthma inhaler cartridges recycling

Runner Up: Precision, Stylish 52 actuator

Highly Commended: Salvalco/ Mentholatum, Deep Freeze-Deep Heat

Aerosol Packaging

Winner: Coster Aerosols, Digitally printed actuator

 New Aerosol of the Year

Winner: KDC/ONE Swallowfield, Mousse-to-Oil moisturizer

Runner Up: Volcke Aerosol UK, Dry Foam Shampoo for Dogs

Highly Commended: Church & Dwight, Batiste Leave-in Dry Conditioner

Process Safety & Training

Winner: Massilly UK, “The Coal Face” program, a project focused on creating a seamless flow between the client’s needs and the supplier’s delivery.

Raquel Miranda, Head of Sustainability at event sponsor Colep Packaging, welcomed the audience and handed out the awards. Photo by
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Special Recognition

BAMA’s award for a special contribution to the aerosol industry went to Andy Dawson, Technical Director at Hydrokem.


Winner:  Volke’s “Aerosol shine being applied to green leaves.” The image will be featured on the front cover of the 2024 BAMA Annual Report; the photographer, Jochen Mahieu, received a year’s membership to the Guild of Photographers.

Paris Packaging Week 2023—featuring the Aerosol & Dispensing Forum and Packaging of Perfume, Cosmetics & Design and Packaging of Premium & Luxury Drinks Paris (ADF&PCD and PLD Paris)—officially opened on Jan. 25 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France. The event will wrap up on January 26.

From the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA):

Last year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received a petition from the NGO Families United Against Inhalant Abuse (FUAIA) to initiate a rulemaking for aerosol duster products containing HFC-152a.  This summer, the CPSC Commission deferred the petition as CPSC staff was against the requirement of a bitterant agent and the proposed labeling by FUAIA but wanted to explore potential options that could mitigate risk of misuse and abuse of these products. 

CPSC has asked ASTM to explore potentially creating a new standard for aerosol duster products.  ASTM has been contacting potential parties that would have interest in such activity, including HCPA.  Other parties include FUAIA, academics, and behavioral scientists.  As CPSC staff has rejected the initial petition ideas, I would not anticipate these as potential items for ASTM to work on; however, ASTM will be soliciting other potential ways they can create a standard.

ASTM will conduct an exploratory meeting on January 25 at 2pm Eastern to discuss whether a new standard can be created.  If there is not interest from stakeholders to create a new standard, or it appears that parties cannot work together on a new standard, ASTM will advise CPSC that they will not proceed forward.  It is critical that industry participate in this meeting (I plan to be in attendance) to share our perspective as ASTM will proceed based on the feedback received during this call.  You do not need to be an ASTM member to attend and participate. 

For more info or to get the link to join the meeting, contact

The Western Aerosol Information Bureau (WAIB) announced its 2022–2023 Board of Directors:

  • President: Lorne Lucree, Voyant Beauty
  • VP: Steve Sanchez, Aeropres
  • Treasurer: Mike Thaete, Aptar Beauty & Home
  • Secretary: Ellen Melnitzke, Rackow Polymers

WAIB Board of Directors members included (L to R) Jeff Kronforst, Catherine Nkoutche and Bill Wood.


  • Gina Bucciarelli, DS Containers
  • Ian Fishman, 220 Laboratories/PLZ Corp.
  • Ben Heimann, kdc-one
  • Jeff Kronforst, WD-40 Co.
  • Catherine Nkoutche, Power Container
  • Charlie Ortmann, Diversified CPC Intl.
  • Doug Raymond, Raymond Regulatory Resources
  • Bill Wood, PLZ Corp.

WAIB also announced that the next WAIB/National Aerosol Association (NAA) Conference is set for Oct 9–11, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino, Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, NV. It will include a paddle wheel riverboat casino night aboard the Delta King.

The Household & Consumer Product Association (HCPA) will be hosting a free webinar on November 2, 2022 at 11:00am – 12:00pm PACIFIC. 
Shannon Downey, Manager of Consumer Products Enforcement at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), will discuss how CARB handles enforcement while Doug Raymond, Raymond Regulatory Resources, will provide industry perspective.


All are welcome to join, listen, and ask questions.
For further questions, email Nicholas Georges:

A little over five years ago, I stopped working in the aerosol industry and started working for the industry. I had big shoes to fill, replacing Doug Fratz at the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), now the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA). I was no longer helping put products in the hands of customers for one company. Instead, I became a representative for the entire supply chain, helping to communicate how aerosol products are safe and beneficial to consumers and workers. One way I do this is by sharing timely and relevant information with you, the readers of SPRAY Technology & Marketing.

When I joined the industry, I kept hearing that we were constantly reacting to legislative and regulatory issues. As I’m sure you’ll agree, there’s been plenty to react to in the last five years, such as the California Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017, legislative limits on 1,4-dioxane in products, the American Innovation & Manufacturing (AIM) Act, the 2021 California Air Resources Board (CARB) amendments and Extended Producer Responsibility.

These changes seem to be coming at us faster than before, but change is something businesses need to accept—whether it’s due to new legislation, updated regulations or changes in consumer behavior. Failure to adapt and innovate could cause businesses to be left behind.

There’s even more on the horizon that we, as an industry, need to prepare for. In the next five years, there will be changes to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, updates to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Green Guides, different labeling requirements for Proposition 65, additional activity by CARB on the next round of amendments to the volatile organic compound (VOC) regulation for consumer products, risk management actions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and a changing landscape on how we dispose of products and manage sustainability efforts. Since I started writing this column in August 2017, it’s been my goal to provide HCPA members and SPRAY readers with as much time as possible to prepare for and react to these changes.

Another goal of mine working for the industry is being proactive, which can take considerable time and resources to achieve. One activity HCPA has undertaken is a 20+ year effort to develop the data and information needed to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to add aerosol containers to universal waste programs. So far, 32 States have modified their hazardous waste regulations to include aerosol containers, and HCPA will continue to advocate in the remaining 18 States and the District of Columbia.

More recently, HCPA and the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) launched the Aerosol Recycling Initiative, which aims to increase recycling and onpack recyclability messaging. The initiative’s goals are to achieve at least an 85% recycling access rate for all aerosol containers by 2030, which means that households have the ability to recycle their empty cans in their local recycling programs and label at least 90% of aerosol containers as recyclable with messaging about how to properly do so.

Working with a team of consultants (Gersham, Brickner & Bratton [GBB], Eunomia Research & Consulting and Jensen Hughes), the Initiative will:

• Develop data on the perceived risks of recycling aerosol products.
• Conduct an economic and environmental assessment to demonstrate the benefits of recycling aerosol products.
• Consult with material recovery facilities (MRFs) regarding their operations related to the handling of aerosol containers.
• Establish best practices to communicate with consumers how to recycle aerosol products when they are finished.

While it’s difficult to be proactive when there are so many issues that require our immediate attention, we must always be thinking about ways to grow and sustain the aerosol industry, such as streamlining shipping requirements, looking more closely at inhalation toxicity or continuing to showcase the sustainability of the aerosol delivery form.

One of the strongest predictive tools—and something I write about regularly for SPRAY—is the Aerosol Pressurized Products Survey. The Survey reports on the unit production of aerosol products, valves and containers in the U.S. to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the aerosol industry. This helps identify potential opportunities within product categories, reassess sales strategies and plan for future production and investments. It is also beneficial information to have when communicating with external stakeholders, such as legislators and regulators. That’s why I always make such a strong push for participation in the Survey. Without your input, we can’t generate accurate results, and that is detrimental to the aerosol industry.

I’d like to close by saying Thank You for letting me represent the aerosol industry. It’s been an amazing five years and I look forward to the next five, working on your behalf. For more information or to get involved, please contact me at SPRAY

Claude-Bernard Michelot (Technima), President of the French Aerosol Committee (CFA), has announced his retirement for the start of 2022. He is succeeded by Nathalie Thys (GSK) as President of the CFA. Laurent Flond (L’Oréal) has assumed the role of VP and Nicholas Deprez (Trivium Packaging) will remain as Treasurer.

Aptar has unveiled Inune, a collection of four new sprays with dosage ranges from 70–130μL. The range includes Classic: a precise, rapid and short spray; HDS: a high-definition spray with a large angle and a breezy, broad, light feel; Precious: a light, continuous mist that sprays three times longer than Classic; and Silk: a technology that creates a silky veil that sprays up to 10 times longer than Classic. Silk can also be controlled by the consumer and has an ultra-quiet cartridge and microtechnology. Inune was developed to be sustainable with a screw top, recyclability and a 10% lighter, POM-free spray.

The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) has awarded seven individual member company executives with Volunteer Recognition Awards honoring their outstanding work in one of HCPA’s seven product divisions. The awards were presented during the opening session held at XPAND 2021, HCPA’s Annual Meeting held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

• Aerosol Products Division – Bill Wood, PLZ Aeroscience

• Air Care Products Division – Steve Horenziak, The Procter & Gamble Company

• Antimicrobial Products Division – Amanda Burwell, Stepan Company

• Cleaning Products Division – Dolores Shaw, IFF

• Floor Care Products Division – Julie Vaughn, Lanxess Corporation

• Industrial & Automotive Products Division – Allison Yoon, CRC Industries

• Pest Management Products Division – Lisa Dreilinger, Reckitt

Postponement from January due to latest COVID-19 developments will bring aerosol packaging, beauty and premium drinks community together for a summer edition next year…

Global event organizer Easyfairs announced on Dec. 7 that ADF&PCD and PLD Paris 2022, global event for packaging innovators in the beauty, premium drinks, aerosols and dispensing systems markets, will be postponed from its current January 2022 dates to new dates of June 29–30, 2022.

For the past few months, the Easyfairs team had been working with the event’s partners, exhibitors and the community as a whole to plan the upcoming edition of ADF&PCD and PLD Paris in January 2022, said Easyfairs.

However, following the latest developments in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and after consultation with many of the key stakeholders in the event, it has become clear that it will be impossible to run a successful event in January, Easyfairs said.

Many countries are currently re-imposing restrictions as a result of the current wave of cases, while new cross-border travel restrictions are being implemented since the emergence of the Omicron variant in recent weeks. In addition, the French government has recently announced the requirement for a third dose of the vaccine for all adults to maintain their Covid passport (or Pass Sanitaire), with the new requirement coming into force on Jan. 15, 2022, just days before the planned January dates of the event.

With around 50% of exhibitors and more than 30% of visitors to ADF&PCD and PLD Paris coming from outside of France, this combination of circumstances represents a force majeure situation with regards to the successful organization of the event.

Easyfairs is confident that moving the dates to June is the best way to ensure a successful event that will continue to connect and inspire the full international community of packaging developers, designers and suppliers that it serves. The event will be held at the same venue as originally planned, Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

Renan Joel, Divisional Director for Easyfairs’ packaging events in the UK and France, commented, “I would like to thank all the stakeholders in our event – exhibitors, associations, media and visitors – for their support for the change in dates. We can’t wait to bring them all together in June and help them drive their innovations for the year to come.”

For further information:

Josh Brooks
Event Director, ADF&PCD et PLD Paris
+33 (0)6 62 98 83 52