The Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America (IPANA) is the primary association representing the interests of manufacturers of new industrial packaging and their suppliers in North America. Its goals include raising the visibility of industrial packaging and emphasizing its importance in the safe and reliable transport of goods throughout North America and the world. Its formation is a leap forward for manufacturers and suppliers interested in establishing a formidable resource to advance the industrial packaging industry, promote technological developments that improve product safety and reliability, and assure that domestic and international regulations are reasonable and necessary.

About Us

The Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America (IPANA) was formed in 2003 through a partnership of the organizations representing the nation’s industrial packaging manufacturers.

The industrial packaging groups that formed and make up IPANA are:

  • International Fiber Drum Institute (IFDI);
  • Plastic Drum Institute (PDI);
  • Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Association (RIBCA); and,
  • Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI).

Together, these groups represent the core of industrial packaging in North America and the manufacturing companies that belong to these groups comprise a significant proportion of the industrial packaging capacity on the continent.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to be the leading membership organization for manufacturers of new industrial packaging in North America. To do this, we will:

  • Effectively represent the industrial packaging industry before domestic and international regulatory bodies;
  • Develop and maintain effective, ongoing alliances with organizations comprised of companies that utilize industrial packaging for the safe transport of their products;
  • Promote the critical role the industrial packaging industry plays in the safe, efficient, and reliable shipment of a broad range of goods within North America and throughout the world;
  • Foster vital technical advances in industrial packaging through research and testing to safely and efficiently expand market opportunities; and,
  • Encourage dialogue with allied industries and supply chain partners.



2018 IPANA Annual Conference
October 23-25, 2018
The Houstonian
Houston, Texas
Click here to register!

2019 IPANA Spring Technical Conference
April 29-May 1, 2019
The Meritage Resort and Spa
Napa, California


September 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

2018 IPANA Annual Conference

Once again it is time to register for IPANA’s Annual Conference co-located with the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association. This event will be held at The Houstonian in Houston, Texas on October 23-25, 2018. Click here for preliminary conference information as well as registration materials, including instructions for making your preferred hotel…

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July 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

July/August 2018

IPANA NEWS The Spring 2019 IPANA conference dates have been set. The meeting will be held April 29 – May 1 in the legendary Napa Valley, California. The Meritage Resort and Spa will be the location and Roland Strassberger, CEO of Schuetz Container has already agreed to deliver the keynote…

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June 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

May/June 2018

IPANA NEWS At the recent IPANA meeting, the keynote speaker, Jim Spigener of Dekra Consulting, discussed what it takes to create a world class safety organization.  While numbers such as OSHA statistics reflect an organization’s progress, excellent safety leadership is based on 4 key pillars according to Dekra, a leading safety…

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Help us to help you promote and advance industrial packaging – a vital logistics resource.
If you or your company are interested in joining, please contact Susan Nauman.

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