ABOUT THE PIA:
Advancing the Industry
Through Education and Research
The Plastics Institute of America, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization that serves industry, individuals, academia, and government, among others. Its primary objective is to help advance the growth and progress of the plastics industry through education and research.
Founded in 1961, the Institute today provides a wide range of educational training programs, including courses for new and experienced workers, research grants and undergraduate Scholarships for students preparing for a career in plastics, and seminars and short courses for industry professionals.
The Institute also serves as an informal resource and "hot line," providing knowledge and advice on plastics materials and processing, research funding, grants, consultants and specialized services.
Equally important, the organization also identifies researchers and puts them
in contact with industry professionals who are in need of research in specific
In all of its initiatives, PIA seeks to complement — not compete with — other nationally known plastics associations and societies.
PIA is supported by all facets of the industry. Its members represent suppliers
of materials and additives, equipment manufacturers, large and small producers
and consumers of plastics products, converters, trade publications, educators,
and government officials. Major organizations that support the Institute --
and that have representation on its board of directors -- include the Society
of the Plastics Industry (SPI), the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Plastics Pioneers Association,
National Plastics Center & Museum (NPCM),
the American Plastics Council (APC), leading industry magazine/publishers and
editors, the U.S. Government, consultants and representatives at top levels
from leading plastics
“To Advance the Growth and Progress of the Plastics Industry Through Education and Research”