The International Association of Plastics Distribution represents companies throughout the industrial plastics supply chain who are dedicated to distribution as the way to market. The association is your source for
plastics distribution networking, training tools, education, information
and insight. IAPD provides resources to help you empower your staff, market your materials and provide a unified voice for the industry.
Being a member adds prestige to your company. It
shows you have made a commitment to the association, with distribution as the way to market. You are knowledgeable about the materials. You do business in an ethical, respectful manner. IAPD provides the opportunity for you to expand your business via trusted partnerships. All IAPD members pledge to abide by the IAPD Code of Ethics .
About Our Members
IAPD members are the leaders in the plastics distribution industry. They represent the entire distribution channel and uphold the highest standards in the industry. IAPD members range from large, multinational corporations to small, local businesses. They all have one thing in common: They have made a commitment to the association and the industry that they will perform business in an ethical, respectful manner so that everyone — buyers and suppliers — will benefit. IAPD members represent the distribution channel, which in the plastics industry is unique.
IAPD members include the following member company categories:
- Resin Manufacturer
- Manufacturers' Representative
- Associated Products and Services
The Plastics Supply Chain
The resin manufacturer supplies the manufacturer with the raw material, plastic resin. Manufacturers take that resin and convert it into shapes, sheets or pipes, valves and fittings.
The distributors are the lifeblood of the channel. They purchase materials from manufacturers and offer them to fabricators and end users at a moment's notice. Customers are able to get what they need when they need it; there's no need to wait for the manufacturer to ship it. Distributors provide essential services to their suppliers and customers.
Distributors give manufacturers' products additional visibility. They serve as selling agents for suppliers in geographically defined markets. They share technical knowledge with the end user. This benefits the manufacturer, who does not have to have a large staff to answer technical questions, and the customer because distributors' knowledge on a wide range of materials means customers will get the best plastic for their application and their budget. It also means the customer has a personal expert to contact with questions.
Distributors can customize products to their buyers' needs, so customers receive exactly what they need. Distributors provide service and support after the sale. They even serve as banks, by helping to finance projects.
Fabricators provide value-added services such as cutting, welding, gluing, forming, routing and polishing. Associated Products and Services companies offer other members services and products to make their businesses better, such as machinery, tools, software and more. Manufacturers' Representatives serve as an outside sales force for manufacturers. Recyclers purchase unwanted materials, then clean, sort and grind them into ready-to-use resins.