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 now will have access to additional technical support. In turn, they also will be able to share industry guidelines and standards with a larger, more global audience. ISBT also will benefit by additional members with valuable 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 rationale for this move is ISBT’s ongoing participation in closure initiatives. For example, 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.