About Us

The Recycled Paperboard Technical Association is dedicated to the improvement and use of recycled paperboard and related products. Founded in the early 1950's as the Boxboard Research and Development Association, RPTA represents paper companies worldwide which manufacture products that contain a significant percentage of recycled fiber. RPTA provides a legal forum through which member companies can discuss shared technical issues and interests.

RPTA undertakes various projects that reflect the needs and interests of member companies. Examples of RPTA Activities include:

  • Networking among technical experts on issues relevant to recycled paperboard manufacturing

  • Training and other educational opportunities

  • Assuming a technical leadership role in addressing regulatory issues affecting the industry

  • Conducting benchmark studies on various areas of paperboard and containerboard production

  • Monitoring and participating in worldwide technology sharing

  • Establishing testing protocols to assure the quality and integrity of products

  • Establishing programs for use by members to assure conformance with FDA requirements


LATEST NEWS

Industry Benchmarking Survey
Based on membership feedback, we have decided not to conduct the Survey in 2024. We will use the temporary pause to consider ways to improve the Survey and to establish the new Survey frequency. All decisions will be communicated widely to our membership. All past Survey reports can be accessed at this member-only page.

Narrow Roll Safety Guideline
Available at this web page.

2023 RPTA Fall Roundtable
The annual member-only Fall Roundtable last year covered New Paper Mill Technology. It included presentations by Voith and Valmet and a tour of the new paper mill operations at Graphic Packaging International’s Kalamazoo Mill. Seminar slides are available at this member-only page.

2024 Winter Webinar
On January 25th, we held a webinar on Waste Reduction through Separation and Upcycling, presented by Drew Kinsel, Upcycling Product Manager at Kadant Black Clawson. Webinar slides and recording are available to RPTA members only at this web page, along with materials from other past webinars.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Production-Technical Seminar
Our next P-T Seminar will be on April 29 and 30, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, co-located with TAPPICon 2024. Session topics are:

  1. Safer Operations
  2. Process Monitoring
  3. Multiply Machine Operations
  4. New Packaging Developments

As in past years, registration is through www.TAPPICon.org

Summer Webinar
The webinar will be on in-line freeness control. Details to follow.