February 2014 Spray 39 International News The Mangalore, India-based Primacy Industries Ltd, manufacturer and exporter of scented candles, has now diversified into the production of aerosol room fresheners and deodorant sprays. The company has set up an aerosol manufacturing facility in Mangalore and the unit has two production lines that can produce 2.5 million cans a month. At present, 90 people are working in that unit. Gautham Pai, Chairman of Primacy Industries, said aerosol production at Mangalore plant is for the markets in the U.S., Europe and India. Grundon Waste Management is set to advance the UK’s aerosol recycling market after a major investment in a state-of-theart recycling facility. Capable of processing around 9,000 aerosols an hour—more than 10 times the capacity of the current unit—the Hazpak 6000 is one of the world’s most advanced closed loop aerosol recycling system, according to the company. The new unit will be installed at its Hazardous Waste Transfer Station at Ewelme in Oxfordshire. Due to begin operations in March and expected to be fully operational by the end of April, the closed loop system operated by the Hazpak 6000 means every single component is recycled. The metal from the cans will be sent for recycling, while liquids (such as hairspray, paint or deodorant) will be separated for recovery or recycling; and the propellants (such as butane or LPG) are collected and used by Grundon to fuel in-house operations and/or generate electricity. Compared to the current Hazpak, which processes around four cubic meters (6,000 aerosols) a day, the new operation will be able to handle six cubic meters an hour—approximately 72,000 aerosols a day on an average eight hour shift. Aerosol regulations and labeling are changing, the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) told the annual meeting of its Retail Liaison Group, which consists of technical representatives from many of the UK’s major retailers. This year’s meeting highlighted counterfeiting, Aerosol Dispenser Directive (ADD), The European Regulation on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) including labeling changes plus guidance on warehousing & handling requirements. The Group heard in particular how the Aerosol Dispenser Directive 2013/10/ EU amends Directive 75/324/ EEC to align with CLP. It will come into force gradually with the first stage in the process beginning in March 2014 for a phased scheme ending in June 2017. Retailers were also advised that new CLP guidance has been published to help companies manage the transition to the new CLP labeling system. Procter &Gamble (P&G) will merge its Western European unit with its Eastern and Central European units to create one group for the continent. The Indian business unit will also combine with the Middle East and African groups. P&G currently has five geographic units in North America, Latin America, Asia, Western Europe and CEEMEA (Central & Eastern Europe, the Middle East & Africa). A.G. Lafley, P&G’s CEO, said the reorganization is part of its plan to reduce expenses. It has been reported that some jobs in Europe may be cut, as a result of the changes. More will be announced later in 2014.
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