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;
  • Encourage dialogue with allied industries and supply chain partners; and,
  • Promote the use of industrial packaging that is designed to be effective and safe throughout its lifecycle while meeting the market requirements for performance and cost. Once used, the packaging is recycled or reconditioned for reuse, reducing its environmental impact and promoting a circular economy.



2020 IPANA Fall Annual Conference
October 6-8, 2020
Now Virtual

2021 IPANA Spring Technical Conference
April 19-21, 2021
Lansdowne Resort & Spa
Leesburg, Virginia


June 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

May/June 2020

IPANA members have been making significant contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to manufacture their “essential” packaging for various critical materials.  Thank you for your contribution!  Also, members should keep an eye on their inbox this summer for scheduled ZOOM  “coffee breaks” where we will discuss important matters such…

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February 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

January/February 2020

IPANA NEWS IPANA welcomed two new members in 2020. Geo Plastics has joined the Plastic Drum Institute. Geo Plastics is based in Los Angeles, California and manufactures plastic drums. Mr. Michael Morris is the point of contact at Geo Plastics. O’Bryan Barrel Company has joined the Industrial Steel Drum Institute. …

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December 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

November/December 2019

IPANA NEWS In November, the Plastic Drum Institute (PDI) unveiled Plastic Drums 101, a technical webinar that provides viewers with a high-level understanding of this critical industrial packaging option.  The 45-slide presentation discusses the unique components of plastic drums, including the difference between open-head and a tight-head drums, as well…

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If you or your company are interested in joining, please contact Susan Nauman.

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