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
Over the Wire: AROUND the industry 14SEPPA10

Over the Wire, Paper360º September/October 2014

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

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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TAPPI Magazines 

Hallsta Paper Mill Nominated for Sustainability Award (8/14/2017)

Investments have made it possible to run the mill without any CO2 emissions from the production process. The energy used is partly recovered as heat in the drying process.

A.Celli Paper to Supply New Rewinder to Sonoco Alcore (7/13/2016)

Sonoco Alcore, a major player in the production of paperboard tubes and cores, has confirmed the supply of a new paper rewinder from A.Celli Paper, Italy. Sonoco Alcore is part of the international group Sonoco.

Kadant to Acquire NII FPG Company’s Forest Products Business (6/08/2017)

Forest products business of NII FPG Company includes two primary manufacturing facilities and approximately 275 employees worldwide, with reported revenue of approximately $81 million.

Glatfelter Cost Reduction to Include Shutdown of PM 24 at Chillicothe (8/01/2017)

Shutdown of PM 24 at Ohio, USA, mill will remove 80,000 tpy of capacity from company’s Specialty Papers Business Unit, eliminate 50 hourly positions, and reduce 70 salaried positions. 

Pro-Gest Has Andritz Deliver Recycled Paper Plant in Italy (7/28/2016)

Andritz (Graz, Austria) announced on Tuesday (July 26) that the company has received an order from the Italian Pro-Gest Group to deliver the complete waste paper processing plant and approach system for its new paper machine in Mantova, Italy.

BASF Employees Volunteer to Create Positive Community Change (8/08/2017)

Company volunteers work together with Life Remodled non-profit to create positive change in Detroit’s Durfee community.

Voith Accelerates Digital Transformation (7/04/2016)

Voith, Heidenheim, Germany, is accelerating its transformation under its digital agenda.

New Zealand Log Export Volumes, Prices Rise (7/20/2016)

New Zealand continues to be the world’s leading exporter of softwood logs followed by Russia and the U.S. These three countries accounted for almost 50% of globally traded logs in 2015, with a majority being destined for the Chinese market, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), Seattle, Wash., USA.

Pöyry Awarded Engineering Services for BillerudKorsnäs PM Relocation, Rebuild (7/15/2016)

Pöyry will provide engineering services assignments by BillerudKorsnäs for a paper machine relocation and rebuild

Stora Enso to Divest Holding in Bulleh Shah Packaging, Pakistan (8/02/2017)

Stora Enso will carry on with the Public Private Partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO) to promote decent work and to combat child labor in the Punjab Province of Pakistan until the end of 2018.

Port Townsend Paper Presented 2016 Environmental Excellence Award (7/27/2016)

The Northwest Pulp & Paper Association (NWPPA) recently presented its 2016 Environmental Excellence Award to Port Townsend Paper, Port Townsend, Wash., USA.

Argentina, Uruguay Gear up for Political Battle over 2 Million TPY UPM Mill (7/27/2016)

Old tensions are set to reignite between Argentina and Uruguay as the Tabaré Vázquez administration is eager to move forward with the construction of the third pulp mill in the country, raising concerns of environmental groups on both sides of the Uruguay River over its impact.

Sinkhole Halts Domsjö Fabriker Dissoving Pulp Mill in Sweden (8/07/2017)

Huge hole did not damage the mill, but operations temporarily had to be halted to carry out repair work.

U.S. Containerboard Inventory Drops Significantly in June (7/22/2016)

According to a report Tuesday (July 19) by Midland Paper's (Wheeling, Ill., USA) News Service, citing both RISI (Boston, Mass.) and the AF&PA (Washington, D.C.), U.S. containerboard inventories in June showed their biggest drop for the month in more than a decade, plunging 152,000 tons on stronger than expected box shipments and still high linerboard exports, according to the latest Fibre Box Association (FBA) and American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) statistics.

Unilux Names Herold VP of Sales, Americas (7/21/2016)

As VP of sales for the Americas, Herold will lead initiatives to serve customers and transition from Xenon to LED.

UPM Raflatac Completes Acquisition of Labelcote Assets (7/18/2016)

UPM Raflatac, Finland, a global supplier of self-adhesive label stock, has completed its acquisition of selected assets of the South African label stock distributor Labelcote, part of TIGER Packaging. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The closing of the acquisition has been subject to South African regulatory approvals, which were obtained on July 12, 2016.