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.



2019 IPANA Fall Annual Conference
October 1-3, 2019
Naples Grand Beach Resort
Naples, Florida

2020 IPANA Spring Technical Conference
Date and Location TBD


April 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

IPANA Announces Addition to Mission Statement

The Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America (IPANA), the leading organization for the manufacturers of new industrial packaging and their suppliers in North America, announced an addition to its mission statement. The update aims to better characterize the commitment of its member companies to developing sustainable products. “Sustainability is as…

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April 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

March/April 2019

IPANA NEWS IPANA welcomes two new members! IPANA is pleased to welcome another new manufacturing member Elkhart Plastics based in South Bend, Indiana.  Elkhart Plastics will be affiliated with the Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Association.  Mr. Cullen Jones is the point of contact for Elkhart Plastics. IPANA’s newest associate member…

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February 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

January/February 2019

IPANA NEWS Once again it is time to register for IPANA’s Spring Conference.  This event will be held at The Meritage Resort and Spa “Compound” that includes: Meritage Resort and Spa, Vino Bella Resort and Vista Collina Resort on April 29 – May 1, 2019. Featured speakers at this event include…

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