BAMA praises ‘excellent, wide-ranging entries’ in 2021 awards

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The British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) has praised the ‘excellent and wide-ranging entries’ to this year’s BAMA Awards.

Having had to postpone and eventually cancel all its planned events for around 15 months, the organisation was “thrilled” to be able to host its annual Forum & Awards on 13 & 14 October.

World Aerosols’ editor Dawn Stephens-Borg had the honour of being invited to judge this year’s awards, alongside Paul Jenkins, managing director and founder of ThePackHub, and Grace Abamba, product safety and quality assurance consultant, cosmetic scientist, and educator.

“This year the judges were presented with entries that were so well thought out and designed, many were entered for more than one category,” said BAMA.

“After a whole day of reading, watching and handling the various entries, and discussing animatedly the qualities of each, an agreement was finally reached, and the secret well kept until Patrick Heskins, BAMA’s chief executive, was able to announce the results during the awards night, kindly sponsored this year by Aztec Aerosols.”

The final winner of the Aerosols in Action – Photography Award was decided by a vote of the attendees at the BAMA Forum, after being whittled down by the judges. Pritchard Spray Technology won for the second year in a row with a poignant image of VirusEnd. The winning image will feature on the cover of the BAMA Annual Report 2022.

First place in Aerosol of the Year was also Pritchard Spray Technology’s VirusEnd, with LINDAL Group as the runner-up with its bag-and-bag (BAB) technology, used in Hemascrub - an antiseptic foaming product. The judges found that VirusEnd was the most ‘innovative and pertinent’ new launch of the last year, developed in record time and backed by a very reputable body. The judges noted that LINDAL’s BAB system had big scope and potential for several applications.

The entries for Process Safety & Training were so different and commendable for different reasons, that the judges struggled to make a decision. Eventually, Coster was chosen as the winner for its ‘Coster’s Got Talent’ apprentice programme. Cascade’s multi-propellant leak detector was selected as the runner-up, while Alloway’s Stem Lean Vision System was highly commended.

In the sustainability category, Plastipak took first place with its innovative Stay Safe 5-in-1 fire extinguisher. The judges were impressed by the product’s low carbon footprint, compared with standard products, and the fact that the PET container made it fully recyclable. KDC/ONE Swallowfield’s Beauty Bio Healthy Scalp Dry Shampoo was the runner-up in this category, with LINDAL’s Mini Engine highly commended.

Ball’s Dove Men + Care Lions limited edition aerosol was chosen as the winner of the Aerosol Packaging category, with LINDAL’s 3D aerosol configurator chosen as the runner-up. The configurator software facilitates and speeds-up the product design process, helping users to match the most suitable components together.

For a full review of the BAMA Forum & Awards 2021, don’t miss our November/December edition, coming soon.

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