CIPAD represents 64 plastics Association Directors acting in 49 countries from five continents and strives to maintain permanent ties and to establish an effective conference and communication network among plastics Associations Directors throughout the world. Because of an increasingly global business, the coordination of the work of plastics Associations around the world on issues and programs of international interest is of eminent value to the future of plastics.
CIPAD held its first meeting on June 21, 1969 in London, UK. Originally called the Permanent Conference of Plastics Association Directors, the name was later changed to IPAD (International Plastics Associations Directors) on November 25, 1980 in Torremolinos, Spain.
During a meeting on June 22, 1998 in Berlin, Germany, IPAD would become known as CIPAD (Council of International Plastics Associations Directors) in which a coordinating committee was formed and the meeting extended to two days.
CIPAD has established the following objectives to execute its mission: