The Power of TAPPI Membership
In 1915, thirty enterprising papermakers gathered together determined to form a new technical arm of the American Paper & Pulp Association (APPA). Their idea was to gather and disseminate information concerning matters which have to do with production. This forward thinking group wanted to create a forum where information could be channeled and ideas could be exchanged.
In less than a year, TAPPI was born and almost 98 years later, their formula for success continues to work.
Our Roots Run Deep (No Pun Intended)
We are a not for profit, volunteer-led association that is built around a community comprised of thousands of member engineers, managers, scientists, academics, suppliers and others from around the world.
Our headquarters is located right outside of Atlanta, Georgia USA. Members love to tour the building and see historic items like early TAPPI Standards, issues of TAPPI publications dating back to the early 1920’s or just see a unique collection of papermaking heirlooms. If you stop by, take a tour of our library and don’t forget to walk out on the deck to see the legendary TAPPI totem pole, donated by our Pacific Local Section. Take a short walk down the halls and meet the TAPPI Team and hear first-hand about some of the great things our members and volunteers are doing to support the TAPPI community.
Our focus has always been on emerging technologies and driving innovation for the paper and packaging industry. Yet, we are so much more. Our growing international membership ranks include rising stars in bioenergy and biofuels, renewable chemicals, sustainability, and nanotechnology areas.
Providing Quality Education
We provide premier educational resources to support the day-to-day duties of industry professionals, as well as research and academic pursuits. We do so by offering over 30 international conferences, symposia, and courses each year, and our IACET-approved status ensures quality, and continuous improvement, in all our event programs.
We Set the Standard – Literally
As an ANSI-Certified Standards development organization, TAPPI’s peer-reviewed Standards ensure that products meet industry recognized best practices. Our Standards not only demonstrate how to maximize performance, they provide new ideas and operational methods to improve production. Our members and volunteers drive the development of the Standards and TIPs that are used around the world.
Fit to Print – Naturally!
When our members look for leading-edge news in the industry, they turn to us as the go-to resource. That’s because our targeted publications serve up the knowledge and news they need – tailored specifically to their areas of interest. There are ten publications and specialty newsletters that are free with membership, including Paper360º – our flagship publication – and TAPPI Journal, a peer-reviewed, scientific periodical covering key research and technology developments.
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*These are endowed awards that vary in value each year.