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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National Museum of Industrial History Restoring Rare Fourdrinier Machine

Eighteen-foot-long, 84-year-old model (built in 1933) is mechanically sound, but will require several months of cleaning, troubleshooting, and minor repairs, plus connections to utilities and a supply of pulp.  

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For more than 100 years, TAPPI membership has included the best and brightest in the pulp, paper, packaging and converting industry.  Such as member Josh Reich.

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USW, Four American Paper Producers Win Illegal Trade Practices Case (2/09/2016)

This week’s unanimous affirmative vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on the petitions brought at both the ITC and the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) on Jan. 21, 2015, by the United Steelworkers (USW) and four U.S. paper manufacturers brings much needed relief to the industry.

Metsä Board Starts up New Folding Boxboard Line at Husum Mill (2/11/2016)

Valmet (Finland)-supplied coated board production line for Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started up at the company's Husum mill in Sweden.

Synergo Acquires Stake in Toscotec (2/19/2016)

Sinergia II, a closed-end fund managed by Synergo SGR, Italy, has acquired a minority stake in Italy-based Toscotec S.p.A.

P&P Output in Finland Increased by 0.2% in 2015 (2/11/2016)

The Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF) reported earlier this week that pulp and paper industry production grew 0.2% in 2015.

KapStone and Union Reached Impasse in Good Faith NLRB Confirms (2/12/2016)

According to a report this past week by The Daily News, Longview, Wash., USA, KapStone (Northbrook, Ill.) has won a key legal victory in its ongoing dispute with the pulp and paper union, and it will not be forced to return to the bargaining table, at least for now.

WestRock Announces Shan Cooper as Chief Supply Chain and Technology Officer (2/12/2016)

WestRock, Richmond, Va., USA, on Tuesday (February 9) announced that Shan Cooper will be named the chief supply chain and technology officer of WestRock.

Södra to Increase Mörrum Dissolving Pulp Mill Capacity by 45,000 Metric TPY (2/18/2016)

Earlier this week, the Södra (Sweden) Board of Directors decided to invest SEK 1 billion in its pulp mill at Mörrum.

Rewinder Updgades Boost Performance at Indevco Tissue Mills in North Africa (2/10/2016)

A.Celli Paper, Italy, reports that its upgrade projects at International Indevco Group’s North African tissue mills have been completed.

WestRock Announces Cooper as Chief Supply Chain and Technology Officer (2/19/2016)

WestRock Co/.cross, Ga., USA, this week announced that Shan Cooper will be named the chief supply chain and technology officer of WestRock.

Gilligan to Keynote Paper Hall of Fame 22nd Annual Induction Ceremony (2/17/2016)

The Board of Directors of the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, Inc. (PIIHF), Appleton, Wis., USA, this week announced that Kevin M. Gilligan, CEO of Appvion Inc., based in Appleton, will be the keynote speaker at the 22nd annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 6, 2016.

Lucaret Unwinder Upgrade Boosts Production at Avigliano Tissue Mill (2/10/2016)

In June 2015, A.Celli Paper, Lucca, Italy, concluded negotiations with Lucart Group to upgrade an unwinding unit on the rewinder installed at the company’s Avigliano airlaid tissue mill.

Verso Launches Sterling Premium. Paper, Elevated Promotion (2/05/2016)

Verso Corp., Memphis, Tenn., USA, this week announced a new printed promotion for its premium coated paper, Sterling® Premium, titled Sterling® Premium. Paper, Elevated.

Madison Paper Production Schedule Could Change Weekly (2/10/2016)

According to a report published this week by the Portland Press Herald, Portland, Me., USA, the president and CEO of Madison Paper Industries (Madison, Me.) said Tuesday (February 9) that he can’t confirm the details of a potential months-long curtailment at the paper mill, saying only that while production at the mill is down, the situation is changing on a weekly basis and layoffs have been avoided.

Suzano to Install New Tissue Machines at Mucuri, Imperatriz Mills in Brazil (2/09/2016)

Suzano Pulp and Paper, Brazil, has ordered two new tissue machines (total value of $58 million) to be installed at the company’s Mucuri and Imperatriz mills in northeast Brazil.

G-P Cellulose Makes Headlines with Community Investments (2/29/2016)

According to a report this past Saturday (February 27) by Florida Trend, St. Petersburg, Fla., USA, the company may officially be called Georgia-Pacific (Atlanta, Ga.), but a fair share of its output is actually Florida specific.

Global Nonwovens Market to Reach $50.8 Billion in 2020 (2/15/2016)

Smithers Pira, U.K., has launched a line of market reports that will provide detailed information regarding the nonwoven fabrics industry.