media release

Date: October 15, 2015
Contact: Carly Rodgers, Marketing and Education Manager, +913.345.1005


IAPD Releases 12th Edition of Introduction to Plastics Training Manual

Overland Park, KS — The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), the international trade association comprised of companies engaged in the distribution and manufacture of plastic stock shapes and pipe, valves and fittings, has released a new edition of Introduction to Plastics, the association's popular training manual for performance plastics personnel, students/faculty and end users of performance plastics.

Introduction to Plastics, 12th Edition features several enhancements, including:

  • Colorful redesign
  • Updated IAPD Thermoplastics Rectangle
  • Color-coded materials chapter and property tables for quick reference
  • Top 26 market one-page information sheets with a listing of IAPD members who serve each market
  • Restructured table of contents to help readers better understand and learn the information presented
  • Pop quiz questions to help reinforce content

For more than 30 years, IAPD has offered Introduction to Plastics as a training manual for industry newcomers and seasoned veterans. Produced by industry experts and long-time IAPD members, the IAPD Education Committee, this must-have technical resource is an effective training tool and guide to performance plastics information. The new design of the 12th edition makes navigation easier with updated content, a new color coded layout based on the IAPD Thermoplastics Rectangle and a listing of top 26 markets for performance plastics and the IAPD members who serve those markets.

"IAPD members, plastics professionals and end users of performance plastics have used Introduction to Plastics as a go-to resource for plastics materials, techniques and applications for many years," said IAPD Education Committee Chair Mark Steele. "With the new 12th edition, not only will readers have access to updated plastics information to help them in their every-day jobs, the manual has been redesigned for visual appeal with bright colors and images as well as as a strategic purpose. The materials chapter and material property tables are color-coded to the IAPD Thermoplastics Rectangle as a quick and easy way to reference the various amorphous and semi-crystalline materials to their properties and characteristics."

With an enhanced design and updated content, readers can purchase Introduction to Plastics, 12th Edition at the same price as the previous edition - US$49 for IAPD members and US$65 for nonmembers. Click here to order your copy today.

Companies may customize the cover of Introduction to Plastics with their logo and contact information for added exposure. Contact Dave Blackhurst, IAPD sales manager, for more details.

About IAPD

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together distributors, fabricators, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, recyclers and service providers in an environment which encourages a free flow of ideas and information that help members build their businesses. Every program and service we provide is designed with the simple goal of helping our members increase profitability. Membership in IAPD is an affordable business investment. IAPD provides training, connections with customers and suppliers and information about developments that impact the industry. What makes IAPD unique is a commitment to educating customers and other key end-users about plastics. In other words, IAPD works with members to build the demand for plastics. Central to this effort is the reinforcement of the value of distribution.

This release and more are available in IAPD’s Press Room.