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Colep’s Francisco Rodrigues to lead new Trade Association; Metal Packaging Europe

Colep, a leading global player in the consumer goods packaging and contract manufacturing industries, and major supplier of tinplate cans, is pleased to announce that Colep Managing Director, Packaging Division, Francisco Rodrigues has been appointed joint Vice Chairman of the newly formed Trade Association, Metal Packaging Europe.

Metal Packaging Europe represents the merger of Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and European Metal Packaging (EMPAC). Together, their members produce around 85 billion units every year for the beverage, food, health and beauty, household and industrial markets.

The new structure will combine the best of both former associations, creating a more efficient and powerful organisation. Based in Brussels, Metal Packaging Europe will fully represent the interests of all members in the most positive and progressive manner. The membership covers more than 450 manufacturing sites, employing over 65,000 people.

“This is an historical moment for our industry,” said Martin Reynolds, VP External & Regulatory Affairs – CROWN Europe, and Chairman of Metal Packaging Europe. “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.”

Francisco Rodrigues has served on the Board of EMPAC for 9 years and he commented on the newly-merged organisation: “I am delighted and privileged to be part of this new association as we work together as a stronger force within the industry, representing ‘one voice’ of rigid metal packaging producers across Europe.”

Francisco Rodrigues will work alongside Colin Gillis (Ball Beverage Packaging Europe) as Joint Vice-Chairmen of the Board, with other corporate members Ardagh Group, ASA Group, Blechwarenfabrilk Limburg, Glud & Marstrand, HUBER Packaging Group, Massilly Holding, Sarten, Silgan Metal Packaging and APEAL, the association of European producers of steel for packaging.

Metal Packaging Europe will host industry commissions working on topics common to all sectors, including communications, food contact, packaging legislation, and sustainability.

There will also be specific market focused commissions, led by member companies, for aerosol, beverage, food and general line.

“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”, commented Gordon Shade, CEO of Empac and now of the new structure.

“Through joint marketing, environmental and technical initiatives, we will continue to promote metal packaging to make it the first choice for consumer and industrial packaging,”  added  Ellen Wauters, Managing Director of BCME, who will be playing a leading role in both the beverage and communications activities of Metal Packaging Europe.


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