Issues affecting aerosols’ business

Anben PillayWorking tirelessly for its members and to promote a self-regulating industry, the Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (AMA) welcomed guests to its Gauteng regional breakfast, hosted at Emperors Palace on 18 March.

One of the hottest topics on industry’s lips at the moment is the waste management charges or taxation, as a result of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) National Pricing Strategy for Waste Management (NPSWM).  Anben Pillay, DEA director, was present at the AMA breakfast to shed light on these issues. 

‘The DEA has taken immense criticism as a result of the amendments to the Waste Management Act and subsequent pricing strategy,’ he commented. ‘However, the draft regulations and taxation proposal are based on scientific evidence. Ultimately, government’s objective is to foster a circular economy and to put an appropriate value to waste-generating items to divert them from landfill and away from public environments.’ 

Make your voice heard

Troy BarwellPillay urged members of the AMA to use the opportunity to share their thoughts with government. The document is currently up for comment on the Government Gazette, and written representations or objections must be submitted by 2 April. 

A pertinent point made by Pillay was that the waste management taxes are currently mere projections. Going forward, industry will be required to engage with government, in this particular case, on an aerosols waste management plan. 

The good news for the AMA is that recycling and the ethos of reduce, reuse and recycle have been at the heart of the association for many years now. ‘Aerosol cans are valuable, unlike other post-consumer waste, and our industry continues to be successful in its recycling efforts all levels from manufacturing to retail and post-consumer,’ said Nick Tselentis, executive director of the AMA.

Get out and network

Another interesting subject was Troy Barwell, MD of Specialised Maintenance Products’ (SMP) report back from the 2015 Aerosol and Dispensing Forum (ADF), which took place in Paris, France, on 4 and 5 February. 

Despite SMP’s focus being mainly industrial cleaning products, Barwell said the show was ‘hugely beneficial’ and ‘very interesting’ from a cosmetics industry point of view. ‘Sadly, there was very little South African representation present at the event, with SMP and a representative from Amka being the only SA-based attendees,’ added Barwell. ‘We urge AMA members to consider the 2016 event to benefit from both the technological advances on show and the networking opportunities.’  

Seize new opportunities

The Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) cosmetics sector desk representatives, Denis Chanee and Sinah Mosehla also shared some good news at the breakfast. The department is looking to establish an aerosols cluster to ensure sustainable growth within the industry. 

‘Subsequent to a feasibility study, which is likely to occur in 2016, the dti will look to cover a variety of industry elements in the cluster. These include skills development and training, setting up of quality control labs, and funding technical upgrades at aerosol manufacturers. The proposed strategy for funding is a public-private partnership whereby 80 per cent will be sourced from government and the 20 per cent from industry,’ Mosehla explained. 

She also mentioned other opportunities available to industry, including the financial assistance for international trade show exposure provided by the dti through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance scheme. This supports companies in participating and showcasing their products at international exhibitions with the aim of increasing exports of locally manufactured aerosol products.

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