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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Even as Pulpwood Supply Outpaces Paper Demand, Costs Stay High for Some (6/20/2017)

Markets are being challenged by dislocations of paper demand growth and wood fiber supplies. 

Suzano and Fibra Merge, Creating Global Pulp Giant (3/19/2018)

Combined company will have 37,000 employees and contractors. Its 11 industrial units will produce annually 11 million metric tons of market pulp and 1.4 million metric tons of paper, with annual exports of around BRL 18 billion and investments planned for 2018 of about BRL 6.4 billion.

New Report Examines Key Trends in Global Pulp Market (3/02/2018

Revenues from worldwide sales of pulp are estimated to exceed $60,000 Million by 2026.

Andritz, PulpEye Enter into Cooperation Agreement (6/21/2017)

Companies will cooperatively promote, market, and sell PulpEye analyzer technology.

Weyerhaeuser to Sell Uruguay Timberlands, Manufacturing Business (6/07/2017)

Timberlands will be sold to a consortium led by BTG Pactual's Timberland Investment Group for $402.5 million in cash. 

Emerson’s New Magnetic Flow Meter Transmitter Simplifies Installation, Maintenance, Operation (3/16/2018)

Rosemount 8712EM wall mount transmitter provides easy navigation in the field and additional protocols for increased measurement confidence.

BillerudKorsnäs Impacted by Pulpwood Shortage Due to Wet, Mild Winter (1/10/2018)

Wet and mild weather in the fall and early winter has led to a shortage of pulpwood in late 2017 and early 2018.

Södra Cell, Valmet Sign Mill-Wide Learning Agreement (6/15/2017)

Three-year agreement is for web-based training via the Valmet Online Learning portal.

Fiftieth PulpEye Bought by Ahlstrom-Munksjö Aspa Bruk (6/27/2017)

Unit contains modules for determination and measuring of kappa number, brightness, dots, and pH.

Stora Enso Starts up First Ever Valmet Flash Dryer for Purely Fiber at Hylte Mill (3/26/2018)

Stora Enso decided to invest in full-scale production after seeing strong customer demand for higher volumes of pulp pellets production, to be used as a renewable replacement for plastics.

Navigator Installs Valmet Large Volume Chip Storing System at Mill in Portugal (1/11/2018)

The first GentleStore type chip storing that Valmet has delivered to Portugal, the new system replaced an existing, high energy consumption, pneumatic conveying system.

Sodra Cell Raising NBSK Pulp Prices (3/26/2018)

New prices for Europe to become effective April 1, 2018.

Fortress Global Commissions Fifth Digester at Dissolving Pulp Mill (3/29/2018)

New digester at FSC mill in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, has been completed, on time and on budget. 

Rottneros Appoints Berggren Mill Manager of Vallvik Mill (6/29/2017)

Michael Berggren, most recently chief of production at Aspa Bruk, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, will take office no later than Sept. 21, 2017.

Fibria Increasing N.A./Europe Pulp Prices by $20/Metric Ton (6/30/2017)

Price increases to $1,060 per metric ton in North America and $880 per metric ton in Europe. 

Millar Western Acquires Spruceland Millworks (1/02/2018)

Spruceland Millworks is a value-added manufacturer and international distributor of high quality SPF wood products.

Fibria Starts Construction of itermodal Terminal (2/15/2017)

Fibria, Brazil, a global eucalyptus pulp producer, has started construction on an intermodal terminal located in Aparecida do Taboado, Mato Grosso do Sul, which will ship pulp produced at its new mill in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul to the Macuco Terminal at the Port of Santos in São Paulo, from where it will be exported to clients in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

Andritz MeWa to Supply Pulper Rag Processing Line to Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel (2/08/2017)

Andritz MeWa, part of international technology Group Andritz, Graz, Austria, has received an order from Papier- und Kartonfabrik Varel, based in Varel, Germany, to supply a processing line for pulper rags. Pulper rags are a very tightly entangled mechanical compound of metallic and non-metallic components formed during pulping of recovered paper or pulp in the vortex center of a pulper.

Andritz to Upgrade Fiberline at Altri Celbi, Portugal (2/14/2017)

Anditz, Graz, Austria, has been selected to upgrade the brown stock washing process in the fiberline at the Altri Group’s Celbi mill in Portugal. Startup is scheduled for autumn 2017.

VTT Develops Reactive Lignin from Pulping Side Steams (2/15/2017)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed technology known as “CatLignin” to produce reactive lignin from pulp industry side streams to be used as a replacement for toxic phenol compounds in wood adhesives that are widely used in wood products and furniture.