Membership Criteria

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Criteria

Pursuant to IAPD Bylaws, Article IV — Membership

There are three categories of membership, full members (Full); associated products, services and other members (APS) and honorary members (Honorary). Each full member will be required to designate the category of membership in which they qualify for in sections 1A through 1F.

Sec. 1. Full Membership (Full): Any individual, partnership, corporation, or a division, subsidiary or department of a company who is engaged in distribution, processing, master distribution, plastic manufacturing, resin manufacturing or manufacturers' representation are eligible for full membership. The European Plastics Distribution Association (EPDA), by nature of the agreement between the IAPD and EPDA, qualifi es as a full member of the association as long as the agreement remains in force. Full members must also meet the criteria set forth in the specifi c sections below defi ning the sub-categories and qualifi cations of full members.

Sec. 1A. Distributor Membership. Any partnership, corporation, or a division, subsidiary or department of a company who is engaged in the stocking and wholesale distribution of plastics (e.g., sheet, rod, tube, fi lm, resin, pipe, fi ttings and valves). Distributor members must subscribe to IAPD's Code of Ethics and meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

a. Derives at least 50 percent of the company's gross plastics sales from wholesale distribution or has at least $5 million dollars in revenues from such sales; and

b. Holds at least $100,000 in raw plastic material inventory at all times; and

c. Performs for three or more plastics manufacturers the normally accepted functions of warehousing, selling and invoicing plastics supplies and accessories to customers; and

d. Has been engaged in plastics distribution for one or more years; and

e. Provides three reference letters from manufacturers attesting to the commitment of the organization to the plastics distribution channel, qualification of IAPD membership and verification that the applicant warehouses, sells and invoices plastics supplies and accessories to customers for the manufacturer.

Sec. 1B. Fabricator Membership. Any partnership, corporation, or a division, subsidiary or department of a company who is engaged in downstream fabrication of plastic sheet, rod, tube, fi lm, pipe, valves and fi ttings. Eligible fabricators include companies that bend, machine, weld or bond stock plastic; or are engaged in fi lm conversion. Companies that would be eligible for membership are fabricators, machine shops and fi lm converters. Fabricator members must subscribe to IAPD's Code of Ethics, and meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

a. Derives at least 25 percent of revenues from valueadded services (excluding cutting), such as bending, gluing, welding, routing, assembly, forming, milling, turning, slitting, sheeting, laminating, etc. on plastics materials; and

b. Purchases at least 50 percent or $1 million of its plastic materials through plastics distribution or plastics manufacturing; and

c. Has been engaged in plastics fabrication for one or more years; and

d. Provides three reference letters from plastics distributors, manufacturers or associated products and services companies attesting to the commitment of the organization to the plastics distribution channel, qualification of IAPD membership and verification that the applicant purchases plastic sheet, rod, tube, fi lm or pipe, valves and fi ttings through plastics distributors or plastics manufacturers.

Sec. 1C. Manufacturer/Supplier Membership. Any partnership, corporation, or a division, subsidiary or department of a company who is engaged in the manufacture or supply of plastics (e.g., sheet, rod, tube, fi lm or pipe, valves and fi ttings). Manufacturer members must subscribe to the IAPD's Code of Ethics, and meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

a. Distributes products through three or more plastics distributors; and

b. Has been engaged in the business of plastics manufacturing or plastics redistribution for one or more years; and

c. Derives revenue from the extrusion, casting, etc. and sale of plastic sheet, rod, tube, fi lm or pipe, valves and fi ttings products directly to plastics distributors or the redistribution of and sale of plastic sheet, rod, tube, fi lm, resin, pipe, valves, or fi ttings products directly to plastics distributors; and

d. Derives at least 25 percent of revenues from sales through distribution or have total sales through distribution over $10 million U.S. dollars; and

e. Provides three reference letters from plastics distributors attesting to the commitment of the organization to the plastics distribution channel, qualification for IAPD membership and verification that the applicant's products are purchased through distribution.

Sec. 1D. Resin Manufacturers and Distributors Membership. Any partnership, corporation, or a division, subsidiary or department of a company who is engaged in the manufacturing or distribution of plastics resins that are consumed by manufacturers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film or pipe, valves and fi ttings. Resin manufacturer and distributor members must subscribe to the IAPD's Code of Ethics, and meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

a. Has been engaged in the business of plastics resins manufacturing or distribution for one or more years; and

b. Provides three reference letters from plastics manufacturers attesting to the commitment of the organization to the plastics distribution channel, qualification for IAPD membership and verification that the applicant is engaged in the manufacturing or distribution of plastic resins that are consumed by manufacturers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, fi lm or pipe, valves and fittings.

Sec. 1E. Manufacturers' Representative Membership. Any individual, partnership or corporation, not owned or controlled either directly or indirectly by a manufacturer who is actively engaged as a manufacturers' representative in the sale of plastics (e.g., sheet, rod, tube, film, resin, pipe, valves and fi ttings). Manufacturers' representative members must subscribe to the IAPD's Code of Ethics, and meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

a. Has an active sales organization representing one or more manufacturer members of IAPD; and

b. Has been engaged in the business of manufacturers' representation for one or more years; and

c. Provides three reference letters from a minimum of one plastics manufacturer and two plastics distributors attesting to the commitment of the organization to the plastics distribution channel, qualification for IAPD membership and verification that the applicant has an active sales organization representing one or more manufacturers.

Sec 1F. Recycler Membership. Any individual, partnership, corporation or a division, subsidiary or department of a company who is engaged in the recycling/reuse of plastics. Recycler members must subscribe to the IAPD's Code of Ethics and meet the following eligibility requirements:

a. Has engaged in the business of recycling/reuse of plastics for three or more years; and

b. Recycles 5 million pounds or more per year of plastic scrap; and

c. Provides reference letters from at least three existing customers in the plastics business, including two plastics distributors, attesting to the qualification for IAPD membership and verification that the applicant is engaged in the plastics recycling business.

Sec. 2. Associated Products, Services (APS) and Other Member: Any individual, partnership, corporation, or a division, subsidiary or department of a company engaged in the manufacture or distribution of associated products, machinery and services (items used and useful in the manufacture, storage, processing or distribution of plastics or services used by or useful to companies that manufacture, store, process or distribute plastics); or who sells such items to plastics distributors or manufacturers for their own use. APS membership may include those who consult, manufacture or distribute equipment, or provide service to the plastics industry. Additionally, trade media and allied associations qualify for APS membership.

Sec. 2A. Associated Products and Services. Any individual, partnership, corporation, or a division, subsidiary or department of a company engaged in the manufacture or distribution of associated products, machinery and services (items used and useful in the manufacture, storage, processing or distribution of plastics or services used by or useful to companies that manufacture, store, process or distribute plastics); who sells such items to plastics distributors or manufacturers for their own use; who subscribes to the IAPD's Code of Ethics; and whose business activity is not detrimental to the welfare and interests of the Association.

 

Exceptions to any of the foregoing requirements for any category of membership may be made by the Board of Directors upon its determination that the particular circumstances will not be to the detriment of the association or the applicant.