The British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA), which represents UK companies involved in the aerosol supply chain, has entered into a reciprocal agreement with the Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa (AMA).
Patrick Heskins, Chief Executive of BAMA, recently visited South Africa, and delivered a keynote presentation at the AMA’s annual Gauteng Breakfast hosted on 7 September at the Protea Hotel OR Tambo.
BAMA’s new five year strategy has made it clear that, especially in the light of Britain’s planned withdrawal from membership of the EU, the UK is open to working even more closely with overseas organisations both within and outside of Europe.
Comparable activities and focus
Speaking to delegates at the breakfast, Heskins says: ‘In the UK the association has five aims. BAMA unites the industry. It provides information on all aspects of the industry. We represent and influence opinion formers in the UK and Europe. The association provides insight into the sector and acts as a vehicle for the development of technical and environmental best practice. Finally, we promote the industry and its products.’
BAMA’s members operate in a global commercial structure and the association sees it as important, particularly post-Brexit, to involve itself in the wider world. It also already has close working links with its equivalent organisations in France and Germany.
‘The UK is the third largest filler of aerosols globally and so already is well-established,’ he adds. ‘As BAMA and the UK move into the next phase, it is important that we seek to forge new and exciting opportunities for our members. The standards BAMA sets are internationally admired and if we can share best practice with other countries through their respective associations, it will benefit everyone.’
An invaluable partnership
At the signing of the reciprocal agreement, Nick Tselentis, executive director of the AMA, comments: ‘The South African aerosol industry is delighted to re-engage and renew its ties with BAMA. The association was very helpful over 50 years ago at the launch of the South African aerosol industry association, and since then has always been available to informally discuss matters such as the codes of practice, training programmes, environmental issues and waste initiatives.’
These days, with the fast-paced developments and the pressures exerted on industry, true technical partnerships are invaluable. ‘We also believe that both associations will learn and benefit from substantive exchanges on the impact of Consumer Protection laws, on the development of each association’s Code of Practice and consumer assurance programmes,’ Tselentis adds.