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Change is in the air

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The aerosol industry will be judged in the future by its decisions and actions today, writes Mike MacKay, managing director of DeSpray Environmental.

How we adapt to change as an industry will determine our future success and long term viability. With new extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies being introduced as we speak, the aerosol industry is facing both government and public scrutiny. That said, the aerosol industry is no stranger to change.

History confirms that the aerosol industry has continuously adapted to extreme consumer and environmental pressures that have pushed the edge of science and engineering including directly facing and conquering the ozone depletion crisis of the 1970s and 1980s. Since the very first aerosol patent was granted to Erik Rotheim of Norway in 1927, aerosols have grown from a completely unknown product to what is considered today a staple product in almost every household and business in the world. Global aerosol manufacturing and distribution is currently pushing the 16 billion cans per year mark.

Since its general public acceptance, continuous technical...

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