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IMPA was formed in 1978 by a group of senior purchasing executives who wanted to create an industry 'voice' to represent the interests of the purchasing profession within shipping and promote close co-operation and understanding between buyer and supplier.
Over the past 39 years the association has grown significantly and now represents over 850 members from across the world; ship owners, operators and managers' account for Purchaser members and manufacturers and ship suppliers make up Supplier members.
The Association is run by a council of eight individuals comprising five from the purchasing profession and three from the supply side, the council are responsible for directing the duties of the Secretariat and formulating the strategy for the association.