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Closure and Container Manufacturers Association to become part of the International Society of Beverage Technologists

On April 1, 2013, the Closure and Container Manufacturers Association (CCMA) will become part of the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT); a group will be formed with representatives from both organizations to facilitate the transition.

“The CCMA board has decided that the time is right to tap into the resources of a larger organization with which we already share several common interests and initiatives.  We now look forward to using our collective efforts to tackle key industry issues together,” said Roy Robinson, chairman, CCMA and vice president of business development for Portola Packaging.

By joining ISBT, CCMA members will have access to additional technical support.  They also will share industry guidelines and standards with a larger, more global audience. ISBT will benefit from the addition of members with operations and processing knowledge from the manufacturers’ perspective.

“We are pleased to welcome CCMA members to ISBT.  With their long history of packaging component knowledge and issue-based advocacy, their participation will make ISBT an even stronger industry organization,” said Larry Hobbs, executive director, ISBT.

Further supporting the integration is ISBT’s ongoing participation in closure initiatives--the society has had subcommittees working on finish/closure standards for many years. A number of CCMA efforts are already coordinated with ISBT, such as the Threadspecs committee which works on finish standards.

“CCMA members also will be able contribute to the ISBT’s university program which offers students basic training on beverage ingredients, quality, processing and packaging,” Hobbs said.

The CCMA consists of member companies, while the ISBT is comprised of individual members.  Going forward, CCMA member company representatives will be invited to join ISBT as individual members.  Key initiatives previously supported by CCMA—including sustainability and recycling—will be integrated into ISBT committees.

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