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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Tembec Orders Valmet QCS for Tartas SAS in France (9/21/2016)

Tembec's (Canada) specialty dissolving pulp mill in Tartas, France, has ordered a Valmet IQ quality control system (QCS) and an expansion of its existing Valmet DNA distributed control system (DCS) for its pulp dryer. By complementing its current control system with this investment, the mill is targeting to improve process stability and reduce lost time during transition phases such as startups, breaks, and speed changes. Startup of the new QCS is scheduled for October 2016. Typically the order value of this kind of automation system deliveries is below EUR 1 million, according to Valmet.

Twin Rivers Paper Achieves PEFC Chain of Custody Certification (9/29/2016)

Company adds PEFC chain of custody certification, a third-party standard focused on sustainable fiber sourcing.

PT OKI Selects BTG Lignin Management, Inline Sensors for New Fiberline (9/19/2016)

PT OKI is installing BTG (U.K.) inline sensors and analyzers at its world-class new fiberline in Indonesia.

Volga to Install Andritz ATMP System at Pulp Mill in Russia (9/21/2016)

Andritz, Graz, Austria, has received an order from JSC Volga in Balakhna, Nizhegorodskaya oblast, Russia, to deliver a complete state-of-the-art ATMP (Advanced Thermo-mechanical Pulp) line, which will process 100% spruce for the production of softwood pulp. Startup of the new line, which will be combined with existing equipment, is scheduled for 2019.

FPInnovations and Auburn University Sign Technology MOU (9/27/2016)

FPInnovations, Canada, and Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA, through its Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering (AC-PABE), this week announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a partnership to introduce and implement FPInnovations’ Near-Neutral Brightening (NNB) technology and other technical services to the forest products industry in Alabama, and over time to the broader U.S. Southeast.

N.A. Wood Fiber Prices Continue Downward Trend (11/17/2016)

North American wood fiber prices have trended downward for most of 2015 and 2016 with prices in the 3Q/16 being at their lowest levels in more than two years, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR), Seattle, Wash., USA.

Andritz to Upgrade Bleaching System for Cartulinas CMPC (11/29/2016)

Andritz has received an order from Cartulinas CMPC S.A in Maule, Chile, to upgrade the complete bleaching system at its mill in, Maule, Chile, which processes 100% radiata pine for the production of softwood BTMP (bleached thermo-mechanical pulp). Start-p of the upgraded bleaching system is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Fitnir to Supply Recovery, Recausticizing Systems to Södra Cell Mönsterås (11/07/2016)

FITNIR Analyzers, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, will supply its state-of-the-art online analyzer system for measuring green and white liquor properties to Södra Cell Mönsterås, Sweden. 

Södra Breaks Ground for Mörrum Expansion (9/13/2016)

This week ground was officially broken for the new evaporator and brown stock washing system at Södra’s pulp mill at Mörrum, Sweden. The investment decision was made in February 2016 and will have several positive effects.

Hardwood Chip Prices at Record Low, Softwood Prices Highest in Seven Months (8/03/2016)

Global trade of hardwood chips have trended upward for six years and totaled almost 24 million tons in 2015. By far, the two largest wood chip-importing markets are Japan and China, both countries with limited forest resources to supply the pulp industry with sufficient wood fiber.

Fortress to Make Major Investment in Birch Project at Dissolving Pulp Mill (11/15/2016)

Fortress Paper Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, this week announced a major investment to advance its strategic project of utilizing birch to manufacture dissolving pulp at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill located in Thurso, Qué. Birch trees grow abundantly across Canada and are considered an underutilized species of tree. The project will ensure a better use of the mixed forest in the local region, increase economic activity, and result in other ancillary economic benefits.

Neucel Considering Restart of Port Alice Dissolving Pulp Mill (11/29/2016)

Unifor Local 514 has voted overwhelmingly in favor of entering into discussions with the Neucel specialty cellulose (dissolving pulp) mill (shut down since March 2015) in Port Alice, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. Neucel has recently been looking at ways to cut financial costs during the pulp mill's production curtailment, and it made a request to the 514 union to reopen the five-year collective agreement that was signed back in 2013, according to an article this past week in the North Island Gazette.

Metsä Fibre Sells Metsä-Botnia Metsät to Dasos Capital Forestry Fund (8/18/2016)

Metsä Fibre Oy, part of Metsä Group, Finland, has sold the entire share capital of Metsä-Botnia Metsät Oy to a fund managed by Dasos Capital Oy, Finland. Metsä-Botnia Metsät owns land and water areas of about 34,000 hectares.

Lee & Man’s Vietnamese P&P Mill Faces Implementation Ban (8/02/2016)

According to a report by VietNamNet (Bà Triệu, Vietnam), a large pulp mill project planned for the country is experiencing regulatory frustration prior to starting up. In 2007, the Hau Giang People’s Committee licensed Lee & Man Group (Hong Kong, China) to develop a $348 million pulp mill with an annual capacity of 330,000 metric tpy and a $280 million paper manufacturing factory with an annual capacity of 420,000 metric tpy.

Tronox Increases Soda Ash Prices (8/01/2016)

Tronox (Stamford, Conn., USA) announced today (August 1) that effective immediately, or as contract terms permit, Tronox Alkali will increase soda ash prices by $10.00 per short ton for all grades of soda ash. The increase applies to both bulk and packaged products.

Export Value of N.A. Logs Continues to Decline (8/30/2016)

Exportation of wood products from the North American west coast to Asia was fairly uneventful until 2010 when shipment of particularly logs from the U.S. and lumber from British Columbia took off to levels not seen for almost 20 years.

U.S. Energy Department Funds Agenda 2020-Sponsored Project to Increase Fiber Yield (8/31/2016)

An Agenda 2020 (Washington, D.C., USA)-sponsored effort to improve pulping is among 13 projects designated for $3.8 million total funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through a program designed to spur the use of high-performance supercomputers to increase U.S. industrial energy efficiency and reduce environmental impacts.

Greenland Resources to Build 1.5 Million Metric TPY Pulp Mill in Nigeria (8/29/2016)

According to a report this past week by The Tide (Port Harcourt, Nigeria), a Swedish firm, Greenland Resources, says it will establish a pulp mill that would generate employment for more than 14,000 Nigerians in Cross River.

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.

Rottneros Starts up Valmet High Consistency Bleaching System (10/25/2016)

Rottneros, Sweden, has started up a new high consistency bleaching system according to plan at one of its two pulp mills in Sweden. The startup was smooth and the 48 hr. test run was approved.