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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Bray Receives ASPI Excellence in Leadership Award (2/08/2017)

Jack Bray, VP, manufacturing operations at Domtar Corp., Montreal, Que., Canada, has been selected to receive ASPI’s 2017 Excellence in Leadership Award.

GPI Develops Packages for Young’s N.A. Seafood Expansion (3/02/2018)

Graphic Packaging International’s packages are designed specifically for U.K.-based Young’s North American market expansion.

UNICEF Honors Kimberly-Clark with 2018 Children First Award (3/05/2018)

Award recognizes K-C's long-time partnership with UNICEF to improve the lives of children around the world. Through its Toilets Change Lives program, K-C is teaming with UNICEF to help communities in Angola to build their own clean, safe toilets. Since its inception, the program has given more than 240,000 Angolans access to basic sanitation facilities.

PMP Starts up New Tissue Mill for Universal Paper Manufacturers, South Africa (2/28/2017)

In December 2014, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer), Jelenia Góra, Poland, signed a contract with Universal Paper Manufacturers (UPM), part of the Universal Paper group, for a turn-key, green field tissue mill based on the Intelli-Tissue® Advanced 1600 tissue making line. PMP this week announced that on Feb. 19, 2017, at 11:20 a.m. local time, TM 5 successfully started up at UPM’s Ga-Rankuwa mill in South Africa.

Alas Dorada Contracts Valmet to Rebuild Tissue Machine in El Salvador (6/06/2017)

Rebuild will raise production capacity by increasing press dryness, and enable improved paper quality as a second stage.

Peltonen Named Head of Iggesund Paperboard Business Area (2/20/2017)

Daniel Peltonen has been appointed the new head of Holmen’s (Sweden) business area Iggesund Paperboard. He will take up the post on April 1, 2017.

WestRock Completes Acquisition of Multi Packaging Solutions (6/06/2017)

"I am excited about our acquisition of MPS, which is an important step in the continuing development of WestRock," said Steve Voorhees, CEO of WestRock.  

Sappi Releases True or False Guide about Coated and Uncoated Paper (3/01/2018)

New educational resource challenges preconceived notions about paper. 

Kotkamills to Make Pre-Feasibility Study for New Saturating Base Kraft PM (3/07/2018)

New paper machine (PM 3) investment would increase production of laminating papers at Kotka, Finland.

Voith Paper under New Management (6/06/2017)

Andreas Endters appointed new chairman of the board of Group Division Voith Paper.

Plastic-Free Blister Packs Made with Iggesund Paperboard’s Invercoat (6/01/2017)

Major benefits of being made from 100% paperboard include reduced environmental impact, and less consumer rage and self-injury.

West Linn, Port Hawkesbury Paper Hike Prices (6/05/2017)

Increase applies to all coated and SC grade basis weights and finishes, plus all related private label grades and associated band extensions. 

Rengo Makes Asahi Shiko a Wholly-Owned Corrugated Subsidiary (2/10/2017)

Rengo Co. (Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan) Chairman, President, and CEO Kiyoshi Otsubo announced that the company has acquired all of Nippon Paper Industries’ shares of Rengo consolidated subsidiary Asahi Shiko Co. (Konosu-shi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan). The investment ration prior to the acquisition was Rengo 60%, Nippon Paper Industries 40%. Asahi Shiko is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rengo.

U.S. Daily Newspaper Circulation down 8% in 2016 (6/06/2017)

Pew Research Center study shows the decline tool weekday circulation down to 35 million and Sunday circulation to 38 million. 

Suzano Becomes Brazil’s Third Largest Sanitary Paper Producer (3/06/2018)

After completing the acquisition of Facepa this week, Suzano’s annual installed capacity of its four mills is some 170,000 metric tons of sanitary paper.

Andritz to Acquire Paperchine USA (6/07/2017)

Paperchine is a global supplier of highly engineered equipment and services to the paper industry.

Sappi Maastricht Orders Valmet Machine Rebuild to Board Production (2/27/2017)

Valmet, Finland, will rebuild a paper machine for Sappi Maastricht in the Netherlands. With the rebuilt PM 6, Sappi will be able to improve the existing graphical board products and move into producing high quality solid bleached board (SBB) and folding box board (FBB) grades. Today PM 6 is producing coated woodfree (CWF) paper grades. Startup of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for early 2018. The value of the order was not disclosed.

Nekoosa Acquires Catalina Graphic Films (3/08/2018) flexible

Acquisition expands capability and product portfolio.

U.S. Boxboard Output in February a Mixed Bag (3/19/2018)

Production in February 2018 increased 2.4% compared with February 2017, but decreased 4.8% from last month (January 2018).

Sonoco Announces Supplier Sustainability Award Recipients (6/16/2017)

2017 award recipients are: Bristol Global Mobility, Pro Label Inc., Superior Group, Mondi Group, and CARLSON WAGONLIT.