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BAMA Awards review: “another spectacular evening”

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The British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association's (BAMA) 2022 Awards took place in October, and the organisation has been pleased with the success of the event.
"Another spectacular evening in the beautiful Cheshire countryside, for the 2022 BAMA Awards dinner and ceremony. We had several familiar faces amongst the diners, people who have been actively involved with our Association for several years, but we also had some who came for the first time: companies that joined us recently and new staff at existing Member firms. We hope they felt welcome and had a good experience," BAMA said.
"For this year edition of the Awards we had secured a stand up comedian, who thought well of breaking his ankle a week before the date. Panic and fibrillation ensued among the BAMA staff.
"Fortunately, a last minute, worthy replacement was found and Neil Delamare entertained us with his humorous remarks and an aerosol quiz.
"Once the crowd had been wined and dined, Peter Watmough took to the stage to announce the Awards results: it was meant to be Patrick Heskins, BAMA Chief Executive, but he had dropped out at the very last minute, victim of Covid.
"We have immortalised the winners’ smiles and captured some of the Judges’ comments below.
Process Safety and Training
"The uncontested winner was Massilly UK with ‘Needs & Expectations’, the largest, most complex file our judges ever had to get their teeth in. This entry didn’t won for size, though: Massilly produced evidence of how they used the Manufacturing module of the BAMA Standard to inform the workflow and the performance monitoring on their production site.
"Comments: ‘A very organised, staged, accountable system’ ‘Pretty comprehensive. They clearly take pride in their process.’ ‘It shows commitment to safety’ ‘...not just a tick-box exercise.’
Sustainability
"Entries in this categories are always fascinating, more than ever this year, with all entrants showing real effort to reduce the environmental impact of their products.
"One product was unanimously singled out as the winner: JAGOPro’s environmental friendly spray cap made of organic, compostable material.
"Comments: ‘Potentially the biggest impact on consumer’s behaviour’ ‘Consumers won’t get confused, it is clearly compostable’ ‘The most sustainable product we have looked at’
"The Runner Up was Coster’s Vortex technology, which, applied to a spray cap, overcomes the recycling complication created by the insert.
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Comments: ‘Good use of technology: normally the insert is overseen.’ ‘Not so obvious, not for consumers, but it will impact the recycling process if consistency of material will be required in the UK.’
Aerosol Packaging
"Another clear winner for the Packaging category: the judges placed DigiGrip Can from Massilly & Tinmasters atop, closely followed by the eCap by JagoPro. Two drastically different products, both with tangible in the actual meaning of the word differences from the mainstream ones.
"Comments on the DigiGrip Can: ‘Useful and more cost-effective than embossing’ ‘It extends the application of digital printing’ ‘It shows how printing technology can go beyond the aesthetic.’ Comments on JagoPro eCap: ‘Less energy-intensive than plastic.’ ‘Really innovative.’ ‘Can be re-used as pot for seeds.’ ‘You can have it in any colour you like.’
New Aerosol of the Year
"For this category, there was some struggle to identify a winner between widely different entries. Eventually, the judges were each asked to give their ranking for the entries individually: it felt like the scores at an ice-skating competition, but it worked.
"On top came CosterEco: technology applied to the dispensing system to close the gap between the spray performance given by LPG and that given by compressed air.
"Comments: Two strong arguments for the environment: the absence of LPG and the single-material plastic.’ ‘They are hitting the middle-ground between the LPG and Compressed-Air products by delivering the performance.’
"The Runner Up was Church & Dwight newly formulated range of dry shampoo, Batiste Naturally, which had initially been looked at with a shade of scepticism!
"Comments: ‘It feels different from the previous version: definitely improved.’ ‘The product is pretty impressive, it leaves no visible residue.’ ‘The scent is quite good too.’
Special Recognition
"BAMA’s award for a special contribution to the aerosol industry went this year to Malcolm Large, Technical Manager at Lindal Valve. Malcolm has dispensed his technical knowledge to the world for 27 years, and he has done that with a constant smile on his face.
"This is what Patrick Heskins had to say about him: Malcom Large is one of those “ever present” people in the aerosol industry. He knows how to do it right and he knows how to do it wrong (just spend an evening with him and ask him about his early years in the industry). His depth of knowledge in so many different areas is almost without peer, and he has been a wonderful supporter of BAMA, attending events, sitting on and chairing committees, and using his broad knowledge to great effect at many of our training sessions.
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When his name was proposed for BAMA Special Recognition Award there was almost a “well why haven’t we given it to him before?” moment. Congratulations Malcom, from everyone at BAMA, there can be few more deserving.
Photography
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The theme for this category is ‘Aerosol in Action’ and the subject can cover any of the aspects of aerosol design, production, promotion and use. The Awards judges shortlist four images that are then voted by the delegates during the first day of the Forum.
"This year’s winner is an image taken by Pauline Ssenabulya, junior chemist at Church & Dwight, and it will feature on the cover of next year’s BAMA Annual report.
"Well done to Pauline, who has also won a yearly membership to The Guild of Photographers, including a subscription to their monthly magazine: keep shooting!"




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