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.



2017 IPANA Annual Conference
October 10-12
Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes
Orlando, Florida

2018 Spring Technical Conference
April 16-18, 2018
The Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Alexandria, VA

IPANA 2018 Annual Conference
Details coming soon


June 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

May/Jun 2017

IPANA NEWS IPANA Members Attend Interpack After the IPANA meeting, several IPANA members traveled to Dusseldorf to participate in Interpack 2017 and the International Confederation of Plastic Packaging Manufacturers (ICPP) Meeting.  Interpack is only held every three years and draws visitors and exhibitors from around the world.  This event occupies the…

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May 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

Mar/Apr 2017

IPANA Newsletter Volume 15, Issue 2, March/April 2017 Welcome to the new IPANA newsletter! We are launching a new fresh format with this issue and I hope you like the new style. Don’t forget to register for the upcoming Spring meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina. I hope to see you there!…

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February 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Jan/Feb 2017

IPANA NEWS IPANA Spring Meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina In the midst of winter, IPANA is looking forward to Spring as we locate our Spring meeting at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Grandover Resort and Conference Center is nestled among 1500 acres of oak, pine and dogwood covered hills….

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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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