What a Year: a Look at IAPD’s 2021
by Susan Avery, CAE

he past few years have certainly been disruptive to the industry. IAPD members went from trying to keep up with demand for clear sheet and other materials to prevent the spread of COVID, then there were hurricanes and the deep freeze in the Gulf Coast, driver shortages and the supply chain disruptions we hear about so frequently. Legislatively, the industry is facing anti-plastics sentiments that manifest themselves in draft legislation that crops up daily.

Looking back at 2021
With all these challenges as a backdrop, thanks to you we, collectively, had a momentous year. The accomplishments that we were able to make together says a lot about the resiliency of IAPD member companies, the dedication of IAPD volunteers and performance of the industry.

IAPD members have never been more engaged in the association than now. In fact, more than 130+ individuals from IAPD member companies volunteer their time to serve on IAPD’s Board of Directors, committees, common interest groups (CIGs), councils and task forces.

Together, along with staff, they create:

  • Association and industry strategy
  • Technical content
  • Distribution, fabrication and manufacturing best practices
  • Guidelines to comply with regulations
  • In person and virtual educational events
  • Online courses and certificate programs
  • Industry marketing
2021 Year In Review
They meet with federal legislators and agency staff to pursue policy that ensures the viability of the performance plastics industry and fight against anti-plastic regulations and legislation. They prognosticate about the future of the industry and how to remain competitive in the changing economy and markets.

This 2021 Year in Review highlights the major accomplishments of IAPD this past year.

Take a moment to review and reflect all that it means to be part of this association. Thank an IAPD board member or committee volunteer. Join a task force or committee. Present a webinar. Author an article for this magazine. Attend a meeting with legislator or host one at your facility.

Thank you for being part of IAPD. Together, we make a difference.