ADF Conference programme


Wednesday 30 January

09:30 - 11:55

Global market trends and regulation: a 360-degree approach

Laurence Joly


Laurence Joly - Corporate Dispensing & Aerosols Packaging Expertise - L'Oréal

Alain D'Haese

09:45 - 10:15 - Legislative threats and opportunities

Alain D'Haese - Secretary General - FEA - European Aerosol Federation

It is an established tradition at the ADF that Alain provides an update of the key legislative developments. This is presented in a concise way. An interesting time, especially for those not routinely involved in legislative issues. The topics will certainly cover the Aerosol Dispensers Directive (ADD) 75/324/EEC, the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, the transport of aerosols, recycling, plastic aerosols and other issues which might pop-up prior to the presentation.


10:15 - 10:30 - The French aerosol activity in numbers 

Jean Blottière, Secretary General, CFA

A brief introduction to the weight of the aerosol industry. Filling figures and segments, consumption and recycling possibilities.

Ben Mitchell

10:30 - 10:45 - Consumer research for product and packaging innovation futures

Ben Mitchell - Research Fellow - The Retail Institute

The Retail Institute, based at Leeds Beckett University in the UK, delivers applied research and a unique membership scheme to companies in the FMCG supply chain. Specialising in consumer behaviour and retail insights, the Institute uses our academic expertise to help our clients identify solutions to product and packaging development challenges. The presentation will consider some current themes in enhancing the consumer experience through packaging, including aerosols. This will include case studies of the Institute’s work relating to sensory marketing, packaging sustainability and the use of Futures and Foresight for product and retail strategies.

Antal Gyorgy Almásy - AeroService

10:45 - 11:05 - Growth prospects for the Brazilian aerosol market, and innovation and tendencies for Latin America

Antal Gyorgy Almásy - RDI Director of AeroService Ltd and Vice President of ABAS

We present the distribution of the Brazilian Aerosol market that currently has the highest consumption in Latin America, with 1.2 Billion units per year and growth projection until 2027. Its trends for the future and some ideas of how we are dealing in a sustainable way with the theme of reverse logistics in post-consumer packaging will also be presented.

Steve Caldeira

11:05 - 11:35 - U.S. and retaliatory tariffs and their impact on the global aerosol industry

Steve Caldeira - President & CEO - Household & Commercial Products Association

In the immediate wake of a U.S. mid-term election in November of 2017, HCPA President & CEO Steve Caldeira will provide a timely legislative and regulatory update on all the public policy issues currently impacting the global aerosol industry, including U.S. sanctioned tariffs by President Trump on many of its closest allies and largest trading partners.

Mary Frash

11:35 - 11:55 - Mist: Understood (Make MoreMagic) campaign update

Mary Frash – Marketing Manager - Ball Aerocan

In an effort to improve consumers’ perception of aerosol products to increase purchase intent and usage, CAPCO has spearheaded a campaign, Mist: Understood, that speaks to millennial consumers.  Through a strategic mix of storytelling, promotion, and education, Mist : Understood will open hearts and minds to the power of aerosol products.

Ball Aerocan

1:45 - 3:30

Aerosol technologies, technical advances and innovations



Jean Blottière, Secretary General, CFA



Nathalie Thys - HSE Manager - GlaxoSmithKline


2:00 - 2:15 - Fast dimensional quality control of spray nozzles with SOLEX Air Flow Comparators

Nathalie Nardone - Metrology Business Development Manager - KEP Technologies

Solex flowmeters are used to measure the size of parts that have openings for which there are very strict size tolerances or of parts that have complex geometry. For many years it has been used in industrial sectors such as cosmetics (sprays) and pharmaceuticals (dosing pumps) in which its robustness, its reliability and its high measurement accuracy are recognized.

It has been completely redesigned and also equipped with a new electronic module to provide even more features. The dedicated µCati-4 software brings operational facilitation and intuitive functioning together : a step-by-step guide to the monitoring methodology to be followed, reports with statistics for better follow up of the production process.


2:15 - 2:30 - The use of a Quantitative Quantum Cascade Laser Leak analyser in product development, process control and aerosol leakage investigation

Peter Watmough - Global Detection Products Manager - Emerson

Peter Watmough will describe how implementation of a QCL laser system can be used to better understand the leak kinetic of aerosol products, help in root cause analysis of leakage and drive continuous improvement. He will describe the use of both inline detectors and offline leak analysers.


2:30 - 2:45 - Increased throughput using advanced technology

Marco Rosati – Sales Manager Europe - Vasantha

Continuous emphasis on part quality by the ever-evolving market has pushed mould makers to explore new technologies. Using “conformal cooling” channels in mould inserts is one such game-changer. Conformal cooling enables us to bring the coolant much closer to the part contour than ever before. This has significant effects on thermal-related issues, such as sink marks, warpage, etc. Due to the uniform temperature that is achieved, the quality of the part is much better. Apart from the quality, conformal cooling also gives a significant advantage in cycle times. Reduction of up to 30% in the cycle times have been observed. One thing to remember is that not all parts see this kind of advantages by using conformal cooling. Some of the parts that are commonly moulded using conformal cooling inserts are actuators, over caps, etc.

Georges Bouille

2:45 - 3:00 - Innovative fine mist technology for compressed air: EMT by Lindal

Georges Bouille – Consultant - Lindal Group

Compressed air has found its path in today dispensing technologies. Latest aerosol regulation in favor of compressed air are giving a clear and positive signal for air as a propellant. This do accelerate new opportunities for inventive generations of water-based formulations which are known to be more demanding in terms of sprays quality and dry effect. To better answer this new trend, Lindal introduces it new nozzle technology called EMT “Enhanced Mist Technology” as a totally new and gentle fine mist for an unprecedented consumer experience.

Lindal Group

3:00 - 3:15 - Aeroflex™ – A Reflex product

Michael Preston - Project and Technical Manager - Reflex Labels

This presentation will be about a Reflex innovation and product whereby we can over-label cans by shrinking the label over existing designs printed on the cans. This product is aimed at the obsolete can market but also ideal for short runs and testing the market.

Reflex Labels
Jonas Auerswald

3:15 - 3:30 - Practical experience with the world’s first complete can inspection solution at the outlet conveyor: CIM-12

Jonas Auerswald - Sales Manager Vision Systems - Mühlbauer Group

The worldwide new and unique Can Inspection Machine CIM-12 has successfully been in use in monobloc aerosol can production for several months now.

The operating place at the end of the production line has some big advantages. The compact design of the machine enables the integration of independently functioning optical inspection systems there, which ensure a de facto 100% detection performance. The three vision systems normally installed use different technologies. Number one is a special can top inspection which can both look behind the curl and on hidden areas of the shoulder. Number two is a classic print inspection and number three is the brand-new shape control. The latter is used to check the dimensions of the vessels and the integrity of the surface. All this is performed at a machine cycle of 180 / min. The total detection performance is many times higher than provided by pure conveyor solutions currently available on the market.

Jonas Auerswald will share practical experiences and illustrate what this new technology will mean for automation in aerosol can production.


3:35 - 4:15

Eco-design and sustainable developments

Peter Lamboy


Peter Lamboy – Consultant - LPC


3:45 - 4:00 - Steel solutions for lighter and greener aerosols

Pascal Amelot - Commercial Director - Packaging – ArcelorMittal Europe

ArcelorMittal will present its latest steel grades development for aerosol applications, allowing further light-weighting and higher environmental performance.

ArcelorMittal logo

4:00 - 4:15 - Eco-innovation and the sustainability of aerosols

Sérgio Pereira - Life Cycle Assessment Practitioner - Colep

Sérgio’s presentation will discuss the need for an industry-wide response to sustainable development challenges and the importance of embedding Life Cycle thinking into Innovation & Development to improve the environmental performance of aerosols.


4:15 - 4:30 - Aluminium aerosols – Sustainability at its best - Gregor Spengler

Gregor Spengler - Head of Packaging - Aerobal

Mr. Spengler will speak about the main sustainability credentials of aluminium as packaging material. Based on the demanding requirements of the revised EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, he will highlight latest innovations in the can industry to reduce the carbon footprint of aluminium aerosols and underline the challenge of further increasing the material recycling performance in Europe. In addition, he will address the hot topic of recycled material content and present the aluminium industry’s position on this matter.


Thursday 31 January

10:00 - 12:00

The future of the global aerosol industry



Bernhard Felten - Global Packaging – Technology Innovation - Beiersdorf AG

Anne Mechteld Mosman

10:15 - 10:30 - Innovative Medspray fine mist nozzle. Status quo and outlook to the future

Anne Mechteld Mosman - Product Marketing Manager - Medspray

Medspray develops, manufactures and supplies nano tech Spray Nozzle Units (SNU’s) with added value for the end user. The Medspray nozzle enables a long lasting soft moving cloud, with a long spray duration. The mist feels dry, with or without alcohol in the formulation, even without propellants. By changing different parameters of the high tech SNU, the spray can be tailored.

Rayleigh spray principle and X-jet technology, what is our status quo?
And what new innovative features of the nozzle are there to come?

Alexander Hinterkopf

10:30 - 10:45 - Breakthrough of digital printing for round hollow bodies – Digital Printer D240.2

Alexander Hinterkopf - Managing Director - Hinterkopf GmbH

In recent years, Hinterkopf has commissioned three machines of the first generation D240. All of these machines are in around-the-clock operation at Ritter company in Schwabmünchen (Germany). Together they have produced in excess of 130 million cartridges.

In Paris, the new generation D240.2 launches with several important upgrades. The new generation D240.2 machines have been sold already six times. Three of them started up this year successfully. The new D240.2 is more precise, comes with more speed and is more compact in size, compared to its predecessor. In addition, the upgrade puts even more emphasis in more intense colors with lower ink usage.


10:45 - 11:00 - Digitally printed metal packaging – Opportunities and technologies

Damian Pollok - Product Manager - Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint GmbH

The benefits and advantages of digitally printed packaging are well known in the industry. With the
latest development of Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint, the MetalDecoJET, digital printing is now available as a full commercial press for the digital decoration of metal sheets. Learn more on the digital printing technologies and new market opportunities for digital printed metal packaging.

Koenig & Bauer
Florence Roullet

11:00 - 11:15 - Skin Protect: A revolutionary barrier dispensing solution for sensitive formulas

Florence Roullet - Formulations and Materials Director - Aptar

SKIN PROTECT is a revolutionary dispensing solution barrier especially developed for the most sensitive formulas offering absolute protection against any contaminations during all the period of use.
The speakers will share the internal method rolled-out to validate the concept  both from laboratory performance as  from consumers expectations’ points of vue.



Marie Jacquemin - Consumer Insights Manager - Aptar


11:15 - 11:30 - Brexit – where are we?

Patrick Heskins - Chief Executive - BAMA

On 29 March 2019, it is planned that the UK will be leaving the European Union.  Despite the UK serving notice of leaving the EU in 2017 it is not yet known what settlement will be agreed between the EU and the UK.  What might any agreement mean for countries in the EU using UK suppliers?  What might any agreement mean for EU countries exporting to the UK? What will the regulatory landscape be when trading across this “new” European border?  By the end of 2018 it is hoped that there will be some resolution to the negotiations and Patrick will try and explain what the new trading arrangements will be.


11:30 - 11:45 - Save the bees: selective organic insecticides and repellents with biogenetic research

Aldo Villagrossi - Area Manager - COSMAR

The bee is the fundamental insect for the pollination of all plants on the planet. Without the bee, simply, plants do not reproduce.

The bee population is threatened by the presence of non-selective insecticides that indiscriminately kill all insects including bees.

The research carried out in the laboratory of the University of Potenza, Italy, has given a unique result in the world: creating a completely natural substance to preserve the life of the bees and at the same time eliminate those insects that are harmful to a specific environment.

Our research is centred around a study that has looked for the natural elements of our land in order to create a natural condition to be able to select an effect that does not have any chemical element (and that can, consequently, be persistent in the environment) , and that it cannot be combined and transformed with other elements, both synthetic and natural, thus creating dangerous sub-synthesis.

The natural elements that make up this complex formulation are drawn from what is the complex system of biodiversity in the Italian territory. Italy is, as is known, the country with the largest biodiversity system in the world.

To obtain the maximum result from each individual plant used to have a specific effect, an even more complex level was performed to obtain an amplification of the effect: genetic selection.

Genetic selection (which has nothing to do with genetic modification) makes it possible to obtain an effect multiplied by X times relative to a certain selection of plants.

The same flower, taken from a different plant, may have marked characteristics compared to the same flower taken from another plant. This difference is selected by identifying the genetic profile of the flower and the plant that generated it, and in this way,  we obtain a synthesis with the desired values, amplifying the potential already intrinsic in the plant.

If a plant or a flower has the characteristic of being natural repellents for insects, there are some specimens of the same plant that have a tenfold effect compared to all the others of the same species. This is how the laboratory of the University of Potenza was able to count on the enormous variety of plants offered by the Italian territory to select those that, genetically, offered the greatest potential to achieve a certain purpose.

What has been obtained is both a selective insecticide, which does not kill bees, nor does it disorient them as in the case of neonicotinoids, but that does not affect their health and behaviour in any way.

Cosmar Italy


Prof. Giuseppe Martelli - Chief of the Biotechnologies Department - University of Potenza

Ofer Nir

11:45 - 12:00 - Mass Production Digital Decoration - Breaking Conventions Through Practical Examples 

Ofer Nir - Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Velox Digital

Velox's digital direct-to-shape decoration solution is the first to expand digital packaging beyond short runs to offer a compelling replacement for mass-production analog decoration. Using practical examples, we will demonstrate how digital decoration at full production speed and with a dramatic value leap opens a new world of operational and marketing opportunities for converters and brand owners.

Velox Digital

12:00 - 12:15 - The future of UV printing

Eduardo Alegria - Global Metal Deco Inks Sales Director - Sun Chemical

The recent UV product-related regulatory changes and the tendency that we are seeing in the coming years give us the opportunity to view the future of UV printing with a neutral and wide perspective. The latest news about product reclassification might be changing the standpoint of some decision makers. Is UV a technology for the future?

Sun Chemical

2:00 - 3:00

Beyond personal care: what are the challenges of the Industrial and Automotive sectors?

Detlev Melcher


Detlev Melcher, Editor, Aerosol Europe

Aerosol Europe

Sepp Juch - Managing Director - Euscher GmbH & Co. KG


Tom Podkolinski - CEO - uMist Technologies

uMist Technologies

Andy Claughton - Project Management Consultant - Andy Claughton Facilitates


2:15 - 4:30

ADF&PCD Award Ceremony

Winners of the ADF&PCD awards will be revealed in one single ceremony in the PCD conference room from 2:15pm. Join us to celebrate this year's coveted awards!

Michel Guten


Michel Guten - Former President of Cartier, former President of Lancel and founder of the Institut Supérieur de Luxe