The Closure and Container Manufacturers Association (CCMA) is set to merge with the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT).
The merger will be effective on April 1, 2013.
To facilitate transition, a group will be formed with representatives from both organizations.
According to a statement from ISBT, the move is designed to allow CCMA members to share industry guidelines and standards with a larger, more global audience. A number of CCMA efforts are already coordinated with ISBT, such as the Threadspecs committee which works on finish standards.
ISBT executive director Larry Hobbs said that with their packaging component knowledge and issue-based advocacy, CCMA will strengthen ISBT. "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," he added.
Founded in Washington DC in 1953, the Dallas-based ISBT consists of over 1,000 members worldwide and focuses on the technical and scientific aspects of soft drinks and beverages. According to the Barrington, Ill.,-based CCMA, its member companies represent the majority of North American closure manufacturers and a large segment of North American container manufactures.