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

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

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

Drenik Orders New Recard Tissue Machine (11/28/2017)

PM 3 is a complete turnkey plant with a production capacity of 120 metric tpd of tissue. 

Voith OceanCoat Roll Cover Provides Cost Savings, Improved Efficiency (11/2 7/2017)

With OceanCoat, Voith (Germany) is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers that needs less regrinding and therefor reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.

ICT to Expand Polish Tissue Operations (4/06/2017)

Italy-based Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) is planning to complete its investment of about PLN 301 million (EUR 72 million) in its Polish tissue mill and create about 50 new jobs by the end of 2017, according to a report this week by

G-P to Cease Fine Paper, Pulp Production at Camas, Wash., Mill (11/28/2017)

Company will lay off up to 300 employees at the Camas paper mill in the second quarter of 2018.

SCA to Decide Split into Hygiene, Forest Products at Annual General Meeting (3/01/2017)

SCA, Sweden, earlier announced that it would propose to the company’s 2017 annual general meeting to decide on a split of the SCA Group into two listed companies; one to operate the hygiene business and one to operate the forest products business.

I.D. Images Hires Denmeade as Continuous Improvement Specialist (11/10/2017)

Joshua Denmeade will help the company improve its systems and processes with its customers.

Supremex Acquires Durabox Paper (11/28/2016)

Supremex Inc., Montreal, Que., Canada, a manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of stock and custom envelopes and a growing provider of packaging and specialty products, this week announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Quebec -based Durabox Paper Inc., a manufacturer of specialty corrugated paper boxes.

Sappi Ngodwana Mill to Install New Valmet Evaporation Line (3/06/2017)

Valmet, Finland, will supply an evaporation line to Sappi Southern Africa Ltd. to be built at the company's pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa. The new evaporation line 3 will replace the existing line 1, and will meet the future needs of the mill's ongoing pulp production capacity expansion, together with existing evaporation line 2 that was upgraded by Valmet in 2013. The overall steam economy of the mill will also improve with this investment.

Caraustar Hikes Prices of all Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Grades (3/17/2017)

Caraustar Industries Inc., Austell, Ga., USA, has announced a price increase of $75 per ton on all uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) grades effective starting with shipments on April 3, 2017. The increase is in response to the additional increased raw materials and other costs in 2017 to date, including the various grades of recycled fiber used in producing uncoated recycled paperboard.

Stora Enso to Divest Baienfurt Sheeting Center (11/30/2017)

This divestment supports Stora Enso’s growth strategy for its consumer board business, where the focus is to generate value to customers by being the global benchmark in high quality virgin fiber carton board.

Resolute Announces Indefinite Idling of Thorold Newsprint Mill (3/13/2017)

Resolute Forest Products Inc., Montreal, Que., Canada, this week announced the indefinite idling of its paper mill in Thorold, Ont., Canada. The facility, which employed more than 100 workers, has an annual production capacity of approximately 197,000 metric tons of newsprint on one machine using 100% recycled furnish.

Xerium Ships First Forming Fabric from Kunshan, China, Plant (3/29/2017)

Xerium Technologies Inc., Youngsville, N.C., USA, a global provider of industrial consumable products and services, this week announced the shipment of its first forming fabric from the company’s Kunshan, China, machine clothing plant.

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. 

Skövde Inaugurates Valmet Delivered Biomass Power Plant in Sweden (3/29/2017)

The inauguration of Skövde Värmeverk’s (Sweden) new Valmet (Finland)-delivered biomass based power plant was held this past week. The inauguration speech was delivered by Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan. Other speakers in the inauguration were Sammy Tanhua, CEO of Skövde Värmeverk, Chairman of the Board Philip Segell, and Municipal Counsellor Leif Walterum. The official inauguration was followed by a tour at the power plant.

AkzoNobel Expands in China to Meet Growing Demand for Specialty Chemicals (11/02/2016)

AkzoNobel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has inaugurated two new specialty chemicals plants at its multi-site in Ningbo, China, that together represent a combined investment of EUR 80 million. The company has also announced that a further EUR 90 million is to be invested in building a new specialty chemicals plant in Tianjin.

James Cropper Names Bracewell New Marketing Director (11/16/2017)

Richard Bracewell brings a wealth of senior experience to the speciality paper manufacturer, having held a variety of marketing leadership positions at Shell International during a 20-year career.

IP Named World’s Most Ethical Company for Eleventh Straight Year (3/14/2017)

Recognition honors companies who lead with integrity and align principle with action.