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

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

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

Magazine articles

TAPPI Magazines 

Cortec Introduces EcoShield Super Barrier Paper and Linerboard (11/27/2017)

Products are an environmentally friendly replacement for polycoated and waxed papers. 

Design Group, Barry-Wehmiller International Merge to Form Unified Consulting Platform (11/08/2017)

Operating as Design Group, the engineering and IT services firm employs more than 1,400 professionals. 

BOBST Launches SPEEDPACK Packer for Corrugated Packaging (11/16/2017)

This week BOBST, Switzerland, announced the launch of SPEEDPACK, an automatic packer for corrugated packaging that will allow users to realize the full potential of their BOBST folding-gluing lines. With the highest possible number of batches per hour and very short set-up times, it drastically increases productivity. 

Lucart Wins Bidding for Spain's Grupo CEL (11/29/2017)

Italy–based tissue producer Lucart plans growth in the Away from Home tissue markets in Spain and Portugal. 

Trimble Acquires Savcor Oy, Silvadata to Expand Forest Solutions (3/06/2017)

Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., USA, this week announced that it has acquired the forestry business of Savcor Oy, Finland, a global supplier of forestry solutions for performance optimization, and enterprise management. Trimble has also acquired Silvadata, Finland, a provider of cloud-based data, collaboration, and workflow automation services to small- and medium-sized forestry companies. The acquisitions expand Trimble's global reach and complement Trimble's Connected Forest solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Neenah Releases Refreshed, Expanded Digital Papers Product Line (3/06/2017)

Neenah Paper, Neenah, Wis., USA, this past week announced the largest refresh to date of its comprehensive line of Neenah Digital Papers. The expansion includes the addition of 70 new items including new colors, new textures, added sheet sizes, and basis weights. The Neenah Digital Papers portfolio now includes 22 brands, 19 unique textures, 60-plus colors, as well as multiple packaging and label options.  

Huhtamaki to Erect New Paper Cup Plant in Ukraine (3/09/2017)

Huhtamaki, Finland, will set up a greenfield paper cup manufacturing unit in Kiev, Ukraine. With local manufacturing, Huhtamaki will be able to better serve both its local and global customers, and help them grow.

UPM, Uruguay Government Planning to Build One of World’s Largest Market Pulp Mills (11/08/2017)

Approximate EUR 2 billion pulp mill will produce some 2 million metric tpy of eucalyptus market pulp. New operation in central Uruguay would employ 8,000 additional people in its full value chain. 

Hengan Paper Brings New Toscotec Tissue Machine Online in China (11/28/2017)

Toscotec supplied two new MODULO-PLUS ES tissue lines to the Chinese producer.

Michelman to Launch New UV Inkjet Primer (9/19/2017)

Michelman will introduce its JetPrime UV 100 primer at LabelExpo Europe later this month.

Expert Panel Addresses State of the Industry Session at TAPPI PEERS (11/08/2017)

Panel this past Tuesday evening (Nov. 7, 2017) featured five expert panelists discussing “Collaborating to Advance Manufacturing Technology.”

Graphic Packaging Agrees to Acquire Seydaco Packaging and its Affiliates (11/17/2017)

Seydaco is a folding carton producer with a leading position in Canada focused on the foodservice, food, personal care, and household goods markets.

Latest SKF Online Catalog Simplifies Bearings Selection (11/27/2017)

SKF's latest Rolling Bearings Catalog is packed with new features to help customers choose the optimum bearing arrangement for their project.

Wood Resources Quarterly: The Global Forest Industry in the 2Q/2015 (9/08/2017)

Excerpts from the second quarter 2017 issue of WRQ provides insight into global wood trends and developments in the global forest sector.    

Folding Carton Market Players Resort to Partnerships to Tap Opportunities (11/17/2017)

Global demand for folding cartons will increment at a CAGR of 4.7% during 2017 to 2025. Opportunities in the folding cartons market will be worth $57,692.1 million in 2017.

U.S. Boxboard Output Rises in October (11/28/2017

Total production in October 2017 increased 3.5% compared with October 2016.