Related Associations

Learn more about the many associations and organizations in the pulp, paper, and converting industry that TAPPI works with around the globe.


AAmerican Association of Textile Chemists and ColoristsATCC- American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals. AATCC provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for thousands of members in 60 countries throughout the world.


ABPO – Associação Brasileira do Papelão Ondulado


ABTCP - Associação Brasileira Técnica de Celulose e Papel, Associação Brasileira Técnica de Celulose e Papelwas created in 1967 to meet the demand for technology and growth of the pulp and paper industry in Brazil. The perspectives at time were optimistic, there fore some technicians created an institution capable of training the industry's human resources. Since that time, ABTCP has helped to transform the Brazilian pulp and paper industry in one of the most competitive in the world. ABTCP has opened new fronts for exchanging technology between domestic and foreign producers and associations through the development, improvement and disclosure of production technologies, research and information.


ACCCSA - Asociación de Corrugadores del Caribe, Centro y Sur America - mission is to contribute with the development and growth of the Latin American corrugated industry, by means of the qualification, education and update of the human resource in charge of the production, the quality and the maintenance of the corrugated plants of Latin America.


ACIMGA - ACIMGA, founded in 1947, represents Italian manufacturers of machinery for the graphic, converting and paper industry.  Italy's production of machinery for the graphic, converting and paper industry accounts for 10% of the European total and covers 7% of the industry business worldwide. ACIMGA's associates - currently 40 - account for 60% of the total income generated by the industry and 70% of the income generated by exports.


ACOTEPAC - Asociación Colombiana de Técnicos de la Industria de Pulpa, Papel y Cartón  began on June 11, 1987 with the assistance of 93 technical personnel of the sector. ACOTEPAC is organized as an institution without spirit of profit submitted to the laws that exist in the Republic of Colombia, for this type of Association. ACOTEPAC unites technical personnel, engineers, managers of the producing industry, suppliers, supervisors, workmen of plant, universities and retired personnel. To support and increase the application of the science, the engineering and the technology in the Industry of the Pulp, Paper and Board, ACOTEPAC promotes its International Congress, ACOTEPAC Magazine and Technical courses.


AICC- Association of Independent Corrugated Converters represents a majority of the independent corrugated packaging manufacturers and their suppliers. We are dedicated to strengthening the independent's position in the marketplace through programs and publications that empower our members to compete successfully in a rapidly changing industry and an increasingly competitive and global business environment.


AF&PA - American Forest & Paper Association is a national trade association of the forest, pulp, paper, paperboard and wood products industry, representing member companies engaged in growing, harvesting and processing wood and wood fiber, manufacturing pulp, paper and paperboard products from both virgin and recycled fiber, and producing engineered and traditional wood products.


APPITA - Australian Pulp & Paper Industry Technical Association  facilitates the pulp and paper industry technical network involving all stakeholders to advance the technical capability and expertise of the Australian and New Zealand pulp and paper industry.


ASPI—the Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry —is a unique network of companies that supply products and or services to the pulp, paper and board industry. Membership is comprised primarily of CEOs, owners, and senior management executives from companies that supply systems, capital equipment, parts, components, consumables and professional services to the pulp, paper and panel board industry. ASPI’s unique value proposition is a combination of compelling program content and an influential business network.


ATCP - Asociación Técnica de La Celulosa y Papel participants consist of executives, professionals, technicians and suppliers of the industry. There are around 350 members who are divided into 5 general types of membership: assets, affiliated, adherents, collaborative and honorary. Membership status is acquired by signing the constitution of the corporation or by the acceptance by the board of directors of the application sponsored by a member, in which complete agreement with the aims of the institution is expressed and the applicant commits himself to faithfully accept and follow the statutes and regulations.


ATICELCA - The Technical Association of the Italian Pulp and Paper Industry- Ever since its foundation in 1967 ATICELCA has offered members a high profile service providing information, cultural initiatives, and promotion of training programmes and opportunities for members to share their experiences.


ATIP - France


The BLRBAC  is a “Trade Association” that exists for the purpose of generating safety procedures and guidelines that govern the operation of Black Liquor Recovery Boilers.


CTAPI - China Technical Association of Paper Industry Founded in June 1964, China Technical Association of Paper Industry (CTAPI) is China's largest state-owned agency servicing China's paper industry. CTAPI is directly under the supervision of China Association of Science and Technology and China National Light Industry Council. Historically, no one in China could take the place of CTAPI in serving China's paper industry so closely. Even today, CTAPI remains as a main body to promote technical exchanges for China's paper industry.


Fibre Box Association (FBA)  is a non-profit organization representing and serving the corrugated industry. It brings together, in a lawful manner, the industry’s North American manufacturers to improve the overall well-being of the industry and to provide an array of services that enable member companies to conduct their business more effectively, responsibly and efficiently.


FEFCO - European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers  was established in 1952 and represents the interests of the European Corrugated Board Manufacturers. With headquarters in Brussels, the Federation is an International Association governed by Belgian Law.


The International Molded Fiber Association (IMFA), founded in 1996, is a not-for-profit association of manufacturers, organizations and individuals involved in the packaging and molded fiber industries. Its mission is promoting the use of natural and recycled fibers, worldwide. IMFA acts as a resource for information on the technology, manufacturing and marketing of molded fiber products, and is supported from contributions by its worldwide membership. IMFA also produces annual educational seminars devoted, exclusively, to the molded fiber industry, and provides updated information on their web site  .


The International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking  is a not-for-profit international trade association serving diecutters, diemakers, and industry suppliers worldwide. The IADD provides conferences, educational and training programs, networking opportunities, a monthly magazine, technical articles, regional chapter meetings, publications and training manuals, recommended specifications, videos and surveys.


The International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA) was established in 1982 as an organization for professionals within global forest products logistics and related industries. The Association provides a networking framework that encourages communication and innovation across all roles and participants in the forest products supply chain. The IFPTA produces a monthly newsletter (IFPTA Insider), a quarterly publication (IFPTA Journal), regional seminars and co-organizes the biennial PPI Transport Symposium in conjunction with RISI. For more information, visit  www.ifpta.org.


INDA - Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry is a trade association representing the nonwoven fabrics industry since 1968. We are an organization committed to energetic action on behalf of the nonwovens industry. Throughout the year, our conferences and action-oriented committees bring industry professionals together to explore the most pressing trends and issues in the areas of government relations, technology, marketing and international commerce. INDA then marshals the resources of member companies to make a coordinated response that is prompt, cost-effective and industry-wide.


IPE - The Technical Association of the Spanish Paper Industry is a nationwide, non-profit-making, private Innovation and Technology aimed at increasing the technological and innovative capacity of companies and professionals from the Paper sector by providing them with consulting, training and information services. It comprises 49 manufacturers from the paper sector, as corporate members, as well as 60 companies related with the sector. Founded in 1963 as the Research Association of the Spanish Paper Industry, it has been highly active throughout its nearly 40-year-long history.


IPPTA - Indian Pulp and Paper Technical Association is an association of preofessionals engaged in pulp, paper, newsprint and allied industries in India.


Japan TAPPI - Japan Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry is the organization composed of pulp and paper scientists, engineers, and managers in industries, governmental institutions and academia. JAPAN TAPPI was established for the purpose to contribute to the development of the paper industry in Japan and the world as well.


KTAPPI - Korea Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry - is the independent, professionally organized technical association committed for the development of the Korea pulp, paper, and related industries. KTAPPI also serves as an international forum to share knowledge and promote research of educational and research institutions devoted for the technical developments of pulp, paper and related industries.


The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) has been the only national trade association for the printing ink industry since its founding in 1916. The overall purpose is to promote the general development and improvement of member companies by fostering greater understanding and knowledge of the printing ink industry as well as representing the industry as a whole on a national basis. In addition, NAPIM provides seminars, conferences, publications, bulletins and consultation services to its member companies on an ongoing basis.


NCASI - National Council for Air & Steam Improvement Inc. is an independent, non-profit research institute that focuses on environmental topics of interest to the forest products industry. NCASI was established in 1943 by the pulp and paper industry to provide technical assistance for the industry's goal of lowering the ecological impact of its spent pulping liquors. In the years since, NCASI has developed technical expertise spanning the spectrum of environmental challenges facing the forest products industry, and is today recognized as the leading source of reliable data on environmental issues affecting this industry.

OZEPA - Austrian Association of Pulp & Paper Chemists and Technicians is a non profit organization for the advancement of science in pulp and paper technology. OEZEPA, seated in Vienna, responsible for the communication of scientific and technical affairs between its members as well as the co-operation with relevant foreign associations.

PAPTAC - The Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC) is a Canadian-based non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the technical and professional capabilities of its members worldwide, and to the advancement of the pulp and paper industry.


PI - Finnish Paper Engineer's Association - The Finnish Paper Engineers Association was founded in 1914. PI is a joint forum for professionals working in the Finnish forest cluster. The Association promotes the industry as a profession and acts as a bond between those in the industry both nationally and internationally.


PITA - Paper Industry Technical AssociationPITA - The Paper Industry Technical Association in the U.K. is an independent, professionally managed organisation which produces the journal Paper Technology. It provides a forum for the exchange of information and technology to the benefit of its members in the pulp, paper, converting and allied trades.


PTF - The Technical Association of the Norwegian Pulp and Paper Industry


The Pulp & Paper Safety Association is a non-profit, non-political, international organization, devoted to the continuous improvement of safety throughout all aspects of the paper industry.


The Recycled Paperboard Technical Association is a non-profit association that brings together the expertise of paper mills worldwide that manufacture products from at least 90 percent recovered fiber. RPTA is dedicated to the improvement of the recycled paperboard industry.


SPCI - The Swedish Association of Pulp and Paper Engineers  was founded in 1908 as an independent association for engineers in the forest industry. Today, the Association is a forum for professionals working in the Swedith forest cluster providing a platform for networking, education and industry issues, SPCI manages conferences, exhibitions and publishesSvensk Papperstidning and The Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal.


SPP - Association of the Polish Papermakers  - is an organization of scientific, technical and managerial qualities with individual and corporate members whose activities are connected with the paper and paper converting industries.


TAPPIP - Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry of the Philippines  - The pulp and paper industry of the Philippines has been existing for 69 years with the Bais Paper Mill as the oldest paper company. However, even as the pulp and paper mills had grown in number, until 1990 these mills were individually coping with the daily technical problems in their operations. On July 31, 1992 TAPPI Philippines was officially organized.


TAPPSA - Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry of Southern Africa TAPPSA is an internationally respected association which covers the whole process chain from forest to converted product in Southern Africa. It organizes conferences, workshops and discussion groups, produces a bimonthly technical magazine and maintains its own web site. Tappsa was founded in 1985 and currently has 420 members who are involved in the paper industry in and around Southern Africa.


TECNICELPA - Portugal Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry - Portuguese Association for the Technicians of Pulp and Paper Industries - a non-profitable professional association, was born under the sign of the old paper makers. It has adopted, as the symbol of its flag, the shield of the "Corporation of the Artists" from the old Holland, as well as the old water mark with the ox head, common in this specific art of the papermakers, symbolizing the strength of word and the creative art on a blue background which represents the non-dispensable water for the manufacture of pulp and paper.This association was formed in 1980 and has presently approximately 400 individual members (technicians) and 100 collective members (companies).


TTAPPI - Taiwan Forestry Research Institute

Western India Corrugated Box Manufacturers Associationis an association of corrugated box manufacturers in Western India, which in short is called WICMA. It was established in the year 1967. It has at present about 460 members spread over Western India in places like Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik, Jalna, Daman, Goa, Aurangabad, Nagpur etc.

Zellcheming - German Pulp and Paper Chemists & EngineersAssociation - The Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure (ZELLCHEMING) was founded in 1905 and is thus the oldest technical/scientific association of its industry worldwide.

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