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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 areas.

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, the 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 companies worldwide.


“To Advance the Growth and Progress of the Plastics Industry Through Education and Research”

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