About Plastics

It can be strong, lightweight, flexible, durable, sheer and environmentally friendly. Consider the variety of advantages plastics offer:

• Ability to withstand chemicals and corrosion, or be fully biodegradable.
• Low weight-to-strength ratio saves you money on transportation and fuel.
• Low coefficient of friction means less lubrication and less wear on other parts.
• Long life and reparability means fewer replacements and less downtime.

On the IAPD website you will find information about plastics properties, applications, benefits and trade names. IAPD also shares its membership directory which includes top manufacturers and distributors of plastic stock shapes, see-throughs and pipe, valves and fittings. Find an IAPD Member

Essential Plastics Resources

Visit our Resource Center for a full list of IAPD educational offerings

The Ultimate Guide to Plastics

IAPD’s Introduction to Plastics provides a solid reference for plastics industry professionals, inexperienced and experienced alike.

This training manual contains more than 50 plastic materials commonly used today in applications such as mechanical and engineering, signs and displays and architecture, including:

• Their comparative properties
• How they’re made
• Appropriate applications
• Processing and fabrication techniques

Order your copy today!


Plastics Certificate Program

The IAPD Plastics Certificate Program was developed by the IAPD Education Committee to train and evaluate sales professionals in the plastics distribution industry. Thousands of plastics professionals have taken advantage of this cost-effective program. Catch up and start your plastics certification today.


IAPD conducts monthly webinars that are a convenient, quick, cost-effective choice for education. Replay past presentations or click here to see what topic will be presented next.


Meetings and Events

Each year, IAPD hosts an annual convention and plastics expo and/or showcase for its members, nonmembers and end-user audience. We also offer regional golf tournaments and a Plastics Industry Fly-In that takes participants to Capital Hill.

Click here to see all upcoming IAPD events