About the Flexible Packaging Association
The Voice of the Industry
Representing Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers
The Flexible Packaging Association is the U.S. association of the manufacturers of flexible packaging; and, material or equipment suppliers to the industry. Flexible packaging is produced from paper, plastic, film, aluminum foil, or any combination of those materials, and includes bags, pouches, labels, liners, wraps, rollstock, and other flexible products.
A Growing Industry
Established in 1951, the Flexible Packaging Association has seen the industry grow from $400 Million in the early 1950s to $31 Billion today. Members include small, medium and large converters and suppliers representing seventy percent of the “value added” Flexible Packaging industry. FPA is the leading advocate and voice for the U.S. flexible packaging industry. FPA provides valuable benefits, programs, and services that support the success, growth, and advancement of the competitive business climate of our members.
An Overview of FPA
The Report to the Members provides an overview of the many initiatives and activities FPA conducts on behalf of its members. As the voice of the flexible packaging industry for over 60 years, FPA provides a wealth of significant benefits that support the success of FPA members and the advancement of the flexible packaging industry. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A COPY.
A Focused Team
FPA's team is comprised of experts who work hard to advance the flexible packaging industry. They ensure the industry is educated on an array of topics, from recent trends in the industry to changes in government relations, and provide a variety of media to advocate for the flexible packaging industry. SEE FPA'S TEAM
American Chemistry CouncilFPA and ACC are working on recovery solutions for flexible packaging. Others involved in this collaborative effort include Amcor Flexibles Americas, Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), The Dow Chemical Company, Nestle, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, SC Johnson, Sealed Air Corporation, and SPI - Society of the Plastics Industry. Another joint focus is legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
American National Standards InstituteFPA is a contributory member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group; it is responsible for developing the U.S. position on Global Health and Safety Standard, ISO 45001.
AMERIPENFPA is on AMERIPEN’s Technical Advisory Group. AMERIPEN focuses on environmental issues and advocacy and includes other associations, packaging suppliers and package users.
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation®AAMI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967 and is a diverse community of more than 8,000 professionals united by one important mission—the development, management, and use of safe and effective health technology. Technical Committee members of FPA’s Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) are actively engaged in the organization’s Working Group on Packaging Terminally Sterilized Medical Devices.
ASTM InternationalASTM develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. A technical representative from each member of FPA's Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) is a member of ASTM International, and many are active participants on various ASTM subcommittees, including the Primary Barrier Packaging Committee.
Hefty® EnergyBag® ProgramFPA is a sponsor of this program which is a groundbreaking initiative that collects hard to recycle plastics - like the candy wrappers and juice pouches you've always thrown away - at curbside and converts them into useful resources.The program is a significant step towards achieving positive long-term environmental and economic advantages, including new alternative energy resources and fewer tons of plastics ending up in landfills.
Materials Recovery for the FutureFPA is a partner in an industry sponsored, multiyear research project, Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF). The focus of the program is to examine whether flexible packaging that is not recyclable can be auto sorted at Material Recovery Facilities (MRF), from single stream recycling collection. The overarching goal is to find the most cost-effective pathway to separate at scale and create a flexible packaging commodity bale for reprocessing or conversion to fuel or energy feedstock.
National Association of ManufacturersFPA is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. FPA partners with NAM on issues of importance to the flexible packaging industry at the federal and state levels.
Plastics Industry AssociationThe focus of the partnership is on food safety issues including an effort to have Congress fund FDA’s work in approving food contact substances without user fees. Another issue is implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.
Recycling Leadership Council
Recycling Leadership CouncilThe Consumer Brands Association’s Recycling Leadership Council unites a diverse group of stakeholders from consumer-facing industries, packaging companies and the recycling ecosystem to build a public policy framework to fundamentally reimagine the U.S. recycling system.
Small Business Administration Advocacy GroupFPA participates in the SBA Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel to contribute to the development of Process Safety Management regulations and enforcement.
Sustainable Packaging CoalitionThe Sustainable Packaging Coalition is the leading voice on sustainable packaging with a membership that encompasses the entire supply chain. FPA and SPC are collaborating on resource recovery of flexible packaging.
U.S. Chamber of CommerceFPA is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. FPA partners with the Chamber for advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C.