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.

IAPD.org will aid your search for information on plastics properties, applications, benefits and trade names. IAPD also provides access to its members, which include top manufacturers and distributors of plastic stock shapes, see-throughs and pipes, valves and fittings. Search for an IAPD member.

Essential Plastics Resources

The Ultimate Guide to Plastics

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

It's everything you need to know about 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

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Plastics Certificate Program

The IAPD 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 already taken advantage of this cost-effective program. Catch up and start your plastics certification today.


IAPD web seminars are a convenient, quick, cost-effective choice for education. Download past webinars, or watch the IAPD home page to see what's coming up next.


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Meetings and Events

The 2012 IAPD Convention & Plastics Expo is the only event of its kind. The Convention & Plastics Expo presents you with an opportunity to find new business leads, learn about new technologies and applications, discuss legislative and business trends, create new demand and build your network.


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