Empac gains new members

European Metal Packaging (Empac), the association which brings together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, has announced the addition of two new associate members.

KBA-MetalPrint and Sidermec/Indumet will both support Empac in its mission to defend and promote the rigid metal packaging industry in Europe by conveying its many unique advantages.

The two new members take the number of associates up to six, as a growing number of companies recognise the importance of the Empac mission.

This year Empac hosted the Metal Packaging Forum at the leading packaging trade show, Interpack in Düsseldorf. Members were featured at the stand through the product innovation gallery which highlighted the strengths of metal packaging, centring around its permanency underpinned by the material to material loop and its leading statistics in recycling.

“We are particularly pleased to welcome KBA-MetalPrint and Sidermec/Indumet to our organisation. This represents another important step as we continue to partner with strong players from the metal packaging sector and speak in a unified voice for our industry to raise awareness on the overall strengths of our products,” says Gordon Shade (pictured), CEO of Empac.

Located in Stuttgart, Germany, KBA-MetalPrint is the worldwide leading supplier of multicolour metal print and coating lines, as well as drying and air purification systems. “We are pleased to join Empac, a forward looking organisation which is actively promoting the advantages of metal packaging. We are eager to participate in current and future initiatives to ensure our business remains competitive and sustainable,” says Jens Junker, CEO of KBAMetalPrint.

Sidermec, based in Italy, and its sister company Indumet, based in Belgium, are service centres for the purchase and processing of tinplate, tin-free steel and black plate for over 30 years. The group’s production plants cover over 10,000 square metres in Italy and 7,000 square metres in Belgium and processes monthly an average of 12,000 tons, between material sold and material processed for third parties.

Alessandro Buda, Sidermec managing director, said: “Joining Empac is a must for us in order to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the sector. As our aim is to provide the best possible customer service throughout Europe, it is essential we give our support to the association.”

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