Developing TAPPI Standards

Standards are of the utmost importance in the pulp, paper and converting industries as they have a serious impact on business and trade. As a member, you are eligible to get involved in the process of developing new Standards for the industry.

How to Propose new Standards

Are you interested in proposing a new Standard? We encourage members to consult our complete list of subject categories for Standards below, or view the PDF list.

If you have a general idea for a Standard, you can complete the New Idea Submission Form. We will review your idea and identify the right committee or group to work on your suggestion.

If you already further along, you can send an initial draft to A Standards manager will then work with you to develop a Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG) for the new Standard. This will set in motion the development and review process, which is described in the Standards Guidelines.

TAPPI Standards Guidelines

If you are at the writing stage, or if you are the chairperson of a Standards working group, you can download a copy of our Regulations and Style Guidelines.

In this manual, you will find:

  • How to write a Standard Test Method using proper terminology and format
  • How to write TAPPI Standard Specifications, Glossaries and Guidelines using proper terminology and format
  • What requirements exist for precision statements in Official and Provisional Test Methods
  • A checklist to make sure all required sections have been included in a Standard draft
  • How working group chairperson, working groups and Standard-Specific Interest Groups (SSIGs) fit into the process of preparing a Standard
  • How the balloting process works
  • How to resolve comments and negative votes

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Journal articles
Climate Change and its Possible Effects on the US Paper Indu

Climate Change and its Possible Effects on the US Paper Industry, Paper360º July/August 2016

Journal articles
RISI's Top 50 Power List, Paper360º July/August 2016

RISI's Top 50 Power List, Paper360º July/August 2016

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TAPPI Magazines 

Fortress Global Commissions Fifth Digester at Dissolving Pulp Mill (3/29/2018)

New digester at FSC mill in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, has been completed, on time and on budget. 

Sonoco Names Guillemot to Board of Directors (7/21/2017)

Philippe Guillemot was COO of Alcatel-Lucent SA, Boulogne-Billancourt, France, prior to its acquisition by Nokia Oyj in 2016.

U.S. Boxboard Output a Mixed Bag in March (4/24/2018)

Boxboard production decreased 1.9% when compared with March 2017, but increased 5.2% from last month. 

Vinda Paper Starts up Two More Toscotec Tissue Machines in China (7/18/2017)

Vinda Zhejiang’s new mill currently has four Toscotec’s tissue machines—two AHEAD-1.5M started up in 2014, and the two new AHEAD-2.0M units.

U.S. Fiber Costs Decline During 2016 - Early 2017 (7/18/2017)

Wood fiber costs for pulp mills throughout the U.S. fell during 2016 and early 2017, with the price discrepancy between the Northwest and the Southern states narrowing, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review.

Stora Enso Packaging to Install Valmet Warp Control at Mill in Poland (3/30/2018)

System will reduce warp of the final product and improve overall performance at the corrugated board plant in Ostroleka, Poland.

Voith Infinity FineLine: Seam Felts for Sensitive Paper Grades (4/23/2018)

New felt, which features minimized seam loops at consistently good closability, is highly durable when combined with twisted yarn and is energy efficient through low grammage.

U.S. Boxboard Production Declines (6/20/2017)

Boxboard output dropped 2.9% in May 2017 compared with May 2016.

Ace Ethanol to Install D3MAX Technology at Stanley, Wis., Facility (4/25/2018)

Adoption of both D3MAX and Whitefox Technologies will result in making the Stanley ethanol plant one of the most efficient ethanol facilities in the world. 

Graphic Packaging Completes Acquisition of Carton Craft Corp. (7/11/2017)

Company has concluded the acquisition of New Albany, Ind. USA-based Carton Craft and its affiliate Lithocraft Inc.

AWPPW Issues Ponderay Newsprint Labor Dispute Alert (7/26/2017)

Union says it has given Ponderay the 10 days written notice of termination of the Labor Agreement.

Unboxing: 2018 Theme for International Packaging Design Competition (PIDA) (4/18/2018)

Unboxing, the moment when packaging is opened for the first time, is not only the consumer's first encounter with a product, but also increasingly critical for a brand's ability to make a first personal, and through social media, global impression.

Smurfit Kappa Piteå Mill Upgrades to SKF IMx-8 Monitoring System (3/27/2018)

Mill gains increased level of control over machines from vibrations to pressure and temperatures with SKF’s next generation IMx-8 monitoring system.

U.S. Demand for Paper Industry Machinery to Reach $3.6 Billion in 2022 (4/20/2018)

Increasing paper and paperboard production expected to drive demand.

European Hardwood Pulp Producers Have World’s Highest Fiber Costs (4/23/2018)

Wood fiber costs for European hardwood pulp producers started to move upward in late 2017 after having trended downward for over six years. Despite the long-term price decline for hardwood pulpwood, the continent's pulp mills still have some of the highest wood costs in the world. 

UPM Launches New, Economical Solution for Thin Print Market (6/26/2017)

EcoLite, has been specially designed to meet the needs of customers printing pharmaceutical leaflets and religious literature as well as user manuals and instructions.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö to Acquire Caieiras Specialty Paper Mill in Brazil (4/25/2018)

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Sweden, will acquire MD Papéis’ Caieiras specialty paper mill in Brazil of the Formitex Group.