Division Overview and History

About Us

Our community of innovators drives development from the beginning of consumer product life, by sourcing the right materials and equipment – to the end of product life, by creating packaging that is sustainable and differentiated on shelves. 

Within our Division, you’ll find scientists, engineers, senior R&D directors, machinery experts, production managers, marketing directors, CEOs and more who are contributing to the advancement of flexible packaging, so our tides rise together as an industry. Our members truly reflect the entire spectrum, from suppliers to converters to brand owners.

Using technical expertise as our foundation and consumer data as our fuel, we transfer best business practices, growth opportunities, and technology innovations to all our members so you can work better across the value chain and better anticipate current and future needs of consumers.

With knowledge and partnerships gained from the International Flexible Packaging & Extrusion Division, members like yourself can produce flexible packaging differently so products look great, function better, last longer, and are more recyclable. Become a Member.

Our Mission

The TAPPI International Flexible Packaging & Extrusion Division continuously strives to provide highly-valued education, innovations and technical advancements to the Flexible Films & Laminates industry. We provide forums for presentation and discussion of relevant and leading-edge topics, in addition to networking opportunities and mentoring programs, to ensure best practices and technology transfer across our industry’s entire supply chain.

Our Name and Our History

TAPPI’s International Flexible Packaging & Extrusion Division has roots that date back several decades – and as technological advancements and market changes occur over time, our Division remains as flexible as the industry it represents by rebranding, which results in enriched value to our members.

The most recent rebrand launched in 2016, when our Division changed our name from PLACE (Polymers, Laminations, Adhesives, Coatings, and Extrusions) to one that is broader and more inclusive. More than just a name, this change reflects our expansion of resources, programs, and services to meet the diverse and evolving needs of our industry’s entire supply chain.

With this expansion of value, we include the consumer voice in our offerings and examine how their demands drive packaging modernizations that result in extended shelf life, better ingredient and dietary lifestyle labeling, functionality, and more.