The Flexible Packaging Association is the U.S. trade association of the manufacturers of flexible packaging and material and equipment suppliers to the industry. Flexible packaging is produced from paper, plastic, film, aluminum foil, or any combination of these materials and includes bags, pouches, labels, liners, wraps, rollstock, and other flexible products.
The Flexible Packaging Association performs an important role protecting and advancing the flexible packaging industry, and provides members with information and opportunities that help them succeed. FPA has served as “the voice” of the industry since 1950 – and today FPA is more important than ever.
Membership benefits include:
- Promoting the advantages and benefits of flexible packaging
- Advocating to protect against potential barriers to growth, regulatory burdens, and to build relationships with diverse stakeholders
- Ensuring sustainability advantages of flexible packaging are communicated and understood
- Providing industry data to the membership and investment community
- Creating networking and education opportunities to connect the membership
- Communication to keep members and stakeholders informed and engaged
Flexible packaging has a great story to tell. As the voice of the industry, FPA works very hard to support this story with research and industry data, and uses every method of outreach possible to connect with policy makers, media, and consumers. FPA also provides data and tools to help members run their businesses smarter and communicate more persuasively with their stakeholders.
FPA is engaged in a long-term public affairs and marketing strategy to prevent negative precedents and potential barriers to growth of the flexible packaging industry. Our lobbying firms promote the benefits and sustainability of flexible packaging to legislators and policy makers at the federal and state level. FPA’s Advocacy priorities include solid waste management, material composition transparency, sustainability, the role of packaging in reducing food waste, food safety, and e-commerce.
FPA leads an industry effort to better understand all aspects of packaging sustainability, end-of-packaging-life programs, and resource recovery alternatives. FPA commissioned several in-depth studies and supports ongoing research to help tell the positive story of how flexible packaging uses less material and energy, and generates fewer emissions throughout its life cycle.
FPA’s benchmarking reports provide insightful industry data that helps our members make informed business decisions. FPA staff, based on member surveys, government statistics, and other third party data, develop these reports. The annual State of the Flexible Packaging Industry Report is a definitive source of industry data for converters, suppliers, investors, and analysts. Additional benchmarking reports include invaluable data on earnings, operating costs/ratios, industry compensation, and more.
Every spring, FPA holds its Annual Meeting. The three-day conference offers education on industry specific issues, recognizes outstanding member innovation through the Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Program, and provides networking opportunities for industry leaders and senior management. In the fall, a one-day Executive Conference provides insights into current trends and challenges facing the industry.
Membership gives you online access to all of FPA’s resources, from legislative updates, market reports, to the membership directory. Members receive a weekly emailed Industry News Bulletin, the monthly FPA NOW®, and the Flexible Packaging Magazine. FPA has a significant Twitter following to help lead the conversation about flexible packaging and provides unique tools such as eBooks, infographics, and white papers to help communicate complex issues. Follow FPA on Twitter @FlexPackOrg.
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