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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Grupo Gondi to Construct New Packaging Converting Plant in Mexico (5/23/2016)

Grupo Gondi, Mexico, will build a new converting plant in Hunucma, Yucatan.

Corrugated Box Market to Grow at 3.94% CAGR, Reaching $76.76 Billion by 2021 (5/31/2016)

MarketsandMarkets, Pune, India, has published a new report titled Corrugated Boxes Market by Material (Linerboard, Medium), Printing Ink (Water-Based, Solvent-Based, UV-Curable, Hot Melt-Based), Printing Technology (Digital, Flexography, Lithography), Type (Slotted, Telescope) - Global Forecast to 2021.

Stora Enso to Invest EUR 70 Million in Finland for Extrusion Coating (5/20/2016)

Stora Enso, Helsinki, Finland, announced yesterday (May 18) that the company will invest approximately EUR 70 million in a new polyethylene extrusion coating plant and an automated roll warehouse at Imatra mills in Finland.

Ilim Group Expands Corrugated Packaging Capacity in Moscow Region (5/27/2016)

Ilim Group, St. Petersburg, Russia, is expanding its presence on the Russian corrugated packaging market.

CPA Cites Inaccurate Data for Corrugated Containers in IFCO Report (5/10/2016)

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA), Itasca, Ill., USA, has reviewed IFCO’s (Tampa, Fla.) recently-published Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Reusable Plastic Containers and Display- and Non-Display Ready Corrugated Containers Used for Fresh Produce Applications, which was conducted by Franklin Associates and compares the environmental impact of reusable plastic containers to corrugated containers.

IP Names Barr New Orange, Texas, Containerboard Mill Manager (5/23/2016)

International Paper (IP), Memphis, Tenn., USA, announced this past Tuesday (May 17) that Edward "Ed" Barr has been named mill manager of the company's Orange, Tex., containerboard mill.

Kotkamills to Start New Board Machine in July (5/26/2016)

Kotkamills' (Kotka, Finland) construction work on its new BM 2 has progressed to the very advanced stage, the company reports.

Stora Enso Consumer Board Machine at Beihai Mill up and Running (5/30/2016)

Stora Enso's, Sweden, consumer board machine at Beihai Mill in China successfully started production on May 26, 2016.

Cascades’ Greenpac Liner JV Successfully Refinances Debt (5/12/2016)

Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Que., Canada, a manufacturer of green packaging and tissue paper products, this week reported that the Greenpac Mill in Niagara Falls, N.Y., USA, a company created in partnership with the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec, Jamestown Container, and Containerboard Partners, has successfully refinanced its bank debt.

Pro-Gest Completes Acquisition of Ondulati Giusti, Cartonificio Fiorentino (5/13/2016)

Pro-Gest Group (Italy) has officially sealed the acquisition of Ondulati Giusti in Altopascio, Tuscany, and Cartonificio Fiorentino, based in Sesto Fiorentino, also Tuscany.

Elopak, Nippon Agree to Pure-Pak Licensing (5/19/2015

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, has entered into a license agreement with Elopak AS, Norway, for the introduction of Pure-Pak® carton shapes into the Japanese market.

IP Demonstrates Ongoing Commitment to Food Safety (5/25/2016)

International Paper, Memphis, Tenn., USA, this week further solidified its ongoing commitment to improving food safety throughout the supply chain.

U.S. Boxboard Production Declines (5/27/2016

Total U.S. boxboard production in April 2016 decreased 3.6% compared with April 2015 and decreased 6.0% from last month (March), according to the AF&PA (Washington, D.C., USA) April 2016 U.S. Paperboard Report released this week.

Global Folding Carton Market Outlook to 2021 (9/01/1016)

Folding carton is the second largest packaging type in the paper and paperboard packaging market.

Smurfit Kappa Invests in New U.K. Recycling Depot (5/27/2016)

Smurfit Kappa’s recycling operations in the U.K., one of the largest recyclers of paper and cardboard in the country, has completed a program of investment in its national depot network, designed to save energy, increase the efficiency of its operations, improve worker safety, and enhance customer experience.

KapStone to Build New Corrugated Sheet Plant in California (9/09/2016)

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp., Northbrook, Ill., USA, this week announced it is making an investment in building a new state-of-the-art sheet plant in Ontario, Calif., as well as investing as a minority partner in a sheet feeder there.

Sealed Air in Strategic Partnership with Panotec Box on Demand (5/11/2016)

Sealed Air Corp., Charlotte, N.C., USA, announced publicly on Tuesday (May 10) that the company has entered a strategic partnership with Box on Demand (Battle Creek, Mich.), a partner of Panotec (Italy), providers of 3-D equipment platforms and fanfold corrugated for on-demand, right-sized box creation.

Weyerhaeuser Completes Sale of Liquid Packaging Board Business to Nippon (9/01/2016)

Weyerhaeuser Co., Federal Way, Wash., USA, this week announced completion of the sale of its liquid packaging board business to Nippon Paper Industries Co., Japan, for $285 million in cash. Weyerhaeuser expects to use a substantial portion of the approximately $225 million of after-tax proceeds for repayment of debt.

Huhtamaki Enters Folding Carton Market with Delta Acquisition (5/24/2016)

Huhtamaki, Finland, has acquired Delta Print and Packaging Ltd., a privately held folding carton packaging manufacturer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and its affiliated Polish unit European Packaging Solutions Poland Sp. Z o.o. with a new manufacturing unit in Gliwice, Poland.

Caraustar Industries Acquires West Coast Folding Carton/Rigid Box (9/08/2016)

Caraustar Consumer Packaging, one of four business units under Caraustar Industries, Austell, GA., USA, this week announced that it has acquired Los Angeles Paper Box, a folding carton and rigid box company specializing in supplying the food industry. Los Angeles Paper Box is located in Commerce, Calif., and has been serving its customers for more than 100 years.