Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and European Metal Packaging (Empac) have merged to form Metal Packaging Europe.
Based in Brussels, Belgium, Metal Packaging Europe will combine the best of both associations, creating what is claimed to be a more efficient and powerful organisation, representing the interests of members from over 450 manufacturing sites.
Together, the two companies produce about 85 billion units every year for the beverage, food, health and beauty, household and industrial markets.
Metal Packaging Europe chairman Martin Reynolds said: “This is an historical moment for our industry.
“Bringing all activity under one roof is an ambitious move that will allow the industry to develop and promote the multiple advantages of rigid metal packaging in an even more focused manner, particularly on unique benefits such as the permanent materials concept.”
The newly merged company will also host industry commissions working on several common topics in the sectors of communications, food contact, packaging legislation, and sustainability.
Metal Packaging Europe CEO Gordon Shade said: “With the creation of one dedicated organisation, we will punch our industry weight more effectively and ensure the one voice of rigid metal packaging producers is heard across Europe.”
Th new company will also host specific market focused commissions, led by its member companies, for aerosol, beverage, food and general line.
BCME managing director Ellen Wauters said that it will continue to promote metal packaging to make it the first choice for consumer and industrial packaging through joint marketing, environmental and technical initiatives.