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


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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December 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

November/December 2018

IPANA NEWS At the IPANA Annual Conference in Houston, Mr. Brian Minnich of Schuetz Container Systems was elected Chairman of the Plastic Drum Institute (PDI). Mr. Kevin Kling of Greif will serve as Vice-Chairman of PDI. Mr. Chris Pajak of NOVA Chemicals was appointed to represent the associate members of…

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October 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

September/October 2018

IPANA NEWS Plan ahead for the Spring 2019 IPANA Conference in Napa Valley, California. 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 agreed to deliver…

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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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