The Can Makers has merged its operations with the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA) to form the Can Makers Committee.

The committee will continue to operate under the parent organisation of MPE.

As part of the merger, beverage can makers will join forces with the rest of the metal packaging industry. Can Makers will continue to represent metal beverage packaging manufacturers within the association.

MPMA CEO William Boyd said: “This merger is great news for the metal packaging industry and its members as together we will be able to better coordinate and share our resources to promote metal as the most sustainable pack format. We look forward to achieving bigger and better things in 2019.”

The merger will see unchanged operations externally but will focus on streamlining processes and establish communicative relations between the industry and the key stakeholders.

The newly formed committee will focus more on sustainability across the industry’s activities.

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“We can provide an even stronger voice for our members and demonstrate why cans are a viable sustainable option.”

Can Makers Committee chairman Marcel Arsand said: “Drinks cans are the most recycled drinks container on the planet and provide a great foundation to achieve a circular economy.

“By working more closely with the wider metal packaging industry, we can provide an even stronger voice for our members and demonstrate why cans are a viable sustainable option for drinks makers, retailers and consumers alike more effectively.”

The Can Makers Committee and its members will focus on establishing positive relations between the industry and its customers.