media release

Date: January 26, 2017
Contact: Liz Novak, Director of Marketing and Communications, +913.345.1005


Overland Park, KS — The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), the international trade association comprised of companies engaged in the distribution and manufacture of performance plastics, has declared 2017 as the Year of Education. IAPD provides numerous free and cost-effective education and training options for companies of all types and sizes. With the launch of a Learning Management System (LMS) in the second quarter, the year will focus on the educational offerings and benefits IAPD provides to professionals in the performance plastics industry.

IAPD University™ encompasses IAPD's training and educational materials such as certificate programs, technical resources and e-training webinars. Many of these offerings are free online learning opportunities, giving participants the convenience to expand their plastics knowledge anywhere, anytime at no cost.

Technical resources are also available for industry professionals to expand their performance plastics knowledge as well as end users, including engineers, designers, specifiers, OEMs and MROs, looking for more information about industrial plastics and the most common markets for plastics. IAPD's plastics technical resources come in various forms such as articles, informational charts, one-page documents and online e-training presentations and courses.

IAPD Certificate Programs

  • Performance Plastics Level I and II
  • Excellence in Sales Level I and II
  • Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF)


Plastics Technical Resources

  • Introduction to Plastics, 12th Edition
  • Performance Plastics Magazine
  • Top 26 Markets for Plastics
  • IAPD Material Property Tables
  • IAPD Thermoplastics Rectangle

“If one is not continuously self-improving and moving forward, then they are losing ground to others who are,” said Mark Steele, IAPD Education Committee Chair. “IAPD offers fantastic resources for one to keep a competitive edge.”

“I encourage everyone in the performance plastics industry – whether you are a current or future IAPD member – to explore the training resources available through IAPD,” said IAPD CEO Susan Avery, CAE. “There’s something for everyone, from the newest employee in your organization to the most seasoned. There’s no better, more affordable way to train your staff on performance plastics and sales excellence.”

IAPD is committed to educating its members, plastics professionals and end users about plastics through targeted training programs. To learn more about IAPD’s education offerings and the Year of Education, visit

About IAPD

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together performance plastics 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. 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 performance 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.