The Packaging and Films Association (PAFA) is to merge with the packaging division of the British Plastics Federation (BPF) in what has been hailed as a “powerful new forum and single voice for the industry”.
The partnership will come into being on 1 January 2016 and is being headed by Barry Turner, pictured, current chief executive of PAFA.
The merger was announced by BPF president David Hall at the federation’s annual dinner in London.
He said that PAFA would be folded into the BPF Packaging Group, which represents UK manufacturers of plastic packaging including containers, bottles, trays, boxes, vending packaging and baby products.
PAFA represents 100 businesses in the UK’s £2bn industry for the manufacture of films and the conversion of lightweight flexible packing.
Hall hailed the move as “an historic strengthening of the industry platform” and a “powerful new forum and single voice for the industry”.
“We will for the first time in the UK have a single organisation representing plastics packaging, combining the wonderful heritage of the PAFA and the BPF,” he said during his address.
Turner said: “This move will create a single, more powerful point of contact with governments across the UK, and will enable us to leverage the combined expertise of both organisations. It will also ensure that communications and services to members are further enhanced.”