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 

Wingate Partners Sells Dunn Paper (8/29/2016)

Wingate Partners, Dallas, Texas, USA, a private equity firm, has completed the sale of its portfolio company, Dunn Paper Inc. to Arbor Investments, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Dunn is a producer of made-to-order specialty papers and tissues for food packaging and consumer product markets.

Pritzker Group to Acquire Flexible Packaging Manufacturer ProAmpac (10/26/2016)

Pritzker Group Private Capital, Chicago, Ill., USA, this week announced it will acquire ProAmpac, Cincinnati, Ohio, a leading global flexible packaging company, from Wellspring Capital Management, New York, N.Y.

WestRock to Move Operation from Milwaukee to Germantown (8/12/2016)

According to a report this past month by BizTimes Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wis., USA), WestRock (Richmond, Va.,) has leased what could become a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility in Germantown and plans to use it to replace a warehouse in Milwaukee.

G-P Brewton Mill Completes $388 Million Energy Improvement Project (5/23/2017)

Company is investing an additional $50 million for upgrades to its paperboard machine, to begin this summer. 

Stora Enso, Poland, to Install New Andritz FRX Shredder (1/04/2018)

Shredder will process rejects from pulping processes of two existing board production lines at Stora Enso’s Ostrołęka, Poland, mill.

China Continues to Dominate Global Polyamide Supply Chain (10/28/2016)

For the past decade, China has been the epicenter of the global PA6 / PA66 industry, underpinning much of the increase in global polyamide demand, and its needs have been a significant factor in setting prices for polyamide-based materials throughout the world, according to Quentin de Carvalho, Head of Nylon at PCI Wood Mackenzie.

Grand Forks Straw Pulp Plant Construction Could Start in 2017 (8/25/2016)

According to a report this morning by the Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, N.D., USA, construction of a new straw pulp plant in north Grand Forks could start next year. Hua Sun, COO of North American Green Pulp, said his group is working on financing the project. He hopes to be operational after the 2017 harvest season.

Bag-in-Box Container Market Worth $4.80 Billion by 2025 (10/31/2017)

CAGR of 6.3% expected for the next eight years, according to new report by Grand View Research.  

Kotkamills Oy Announces Organizational Changes in Consumer Boards Business (10/20/2017)

Member of the Board of Kotkamills Oy, Niilo Pöyhönen, has been appointed SVP, Consumer Boards, being responsible for the Consumer Boards business, effective from October 10. Pöyhönen reports to CEO of Kotkamills Oy, Markku Hämäläinen.

Print and Paper Packs a Punch in a Digital World (10/3/2017)

The results of an international survey released Tuesday (October 3) by Two Sides (Chicago, Ill., USA) provides unique insight into how print and paper is viewed, preferred, and trusted by consumers around the globe.

Thiele Names Colquitt Latin American Sales Director (10/13/2016)

Thiele Technologies Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., USA, a Barry-Wehmiller company, has announced Anthony Colquitt as Latin American sales director. While the company has historically done business in this region, Thiele created the new position in response to the growing global demand for packaging automation and its expanding footprint in Latin America. Additional support throughout the region will ensure an increased focus and presence for both new and existing customers.

Final Rule on National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Kraft Mills (10/4/2017)

AF&PA issues statement on final rule on National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Kraft pulp mills, issued under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Residual Risk and Technology Review process. 

BPM Paper Achieves Wisconsin Green Professional for Third Consecutive Year (10/18/2017)

Peshtigo, Wis.-based mill recognized based on sustainability performance in a variety of categories.

Pixton Appointed Kemira’s New CTO (1/03/2018)

Dr. Matthew R. Pixton has extensive experience in the specialty chemical and polymer industries with global and regional leadership roles in R&D and product and process development as well as technology.

Bonomi N.A. Introduces API 608 Flanged Ball Valves for Severe Service (10/25/2017)

The new two-piece bolted-body valves conform to the design requirements of API 608 with temperature and pressure range meeting ASME B16.34 specifications. 

Precision Global Names Three to Sales Team (10/14/2016)

Precision Global, Rye Brook, Ill., USA, a global manufacturer of valves, actuators, and other dispensing solutions serving a variety of end markets, this week announced that it has made three key appointments in its sales organization.