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Welcome to The IPA

The Industrial Packaging Association was formed in May 2004 from the merger of The Association of Drum Manufacturers, (ADM) The Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Association (RIBCA) and members of the Federation of Drum Reconditioners (FCDR).

The IPA is the leading UK trade organisation for Industrial Packaging and is directly involved with numerous UK Government Agencies and key National, European and International Working Groups (inc; BSI, CEN, ISO & United Nations) focusing on the essential Design, Safety and Environmental aspects of Industrial Packaging - to ensure the highest standards are maintained across the whole industry.

The IPA is a pro-active body, ensuring the UK’s Industrial Packaging Industry is promoted, recognised and respected both within the UK and Internationally.

During the COVID-19 crisis, IPA members are working hard to ensure continuity of supply to manufacturers of key products - such as Foodstuffs, Pharmaceuticals, Specialty Chemicals (inc; disinfectants and cleansing products) and many more of the raw materials that the UK and Europe need to keep our supply-chain working. We appreciate their contribution to ensure the products we all need remain available. 

The IPA would like to join the rest of the UK in saying a very special "Thank You!" to all those on the front-line - inc; NHS Staff, Emergency Services and all involved in the wider Care Sector, for looking after us all during these unprecidented times...

Customers of IPA Member Companies can be assured of the very highest standards of manufacturing, testing, quality control, life-cycle services and environmental care when purchasing packaging that needs to perform in the toughest environments.

Please take your time to have a look through our website and review our member companies and their extensive range of Industrial Packaging products & services – feel free to contact us at any time for additional information.

Code of Practice

Standards, Regulations & Codes of Practice

The IPA work directly with the key Government Agencies to ensure the regulation, enforcement and standards applied to our industry remain fair, workable and equally applied. We are currently closely involved with various agencies, including the following: Department for Transport:  specific focus on Dangerous Goods packaging and transport regulations and development of the UN model regulations. VCA...

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