Organization

Mission

The Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA) is dedicated to the improvement and use of recycled paperboard and related products. RPTA supports training, scientific research, product stewardship, materials investigations, benchmarking and survey work. These efforts enable our members to improve the conservation and utilization of raw materials and energy which, in turn, enables them to improve product and manufacturing quality.

History

RPTA member companies have been recycling recovered paper since the turn of the 20th century. This heritage of responsible resource management has forged a tradition of innovation and ingenuity that is unmatched in the paper-making industry.

Serving the needs of companies engaged in producing recycled paperboard since 1953, we are dedicated to the improvement of the industry through product stewardship, benchmarking, materials investigations, and education.

The Boxboard Research and Development Association (BRDA) — the original organization representing the recycled paperboard industry — was formed in late 1953. It brought together members of the boxboard industry to engage primarily in scientific research and development to improve boxboard, related materials, and boxboard products and the methods and processes by which they were produced. The organization was made up of members who made products using recycled fiber as their primary raw materials.BRDA sponsored a wide variety of research programs, held seminars and training programs and provided opportunity for the exchange of information among members and suppliers to the industry.

Through the years, many changes have occurred — to the industry as a whole, individual members, and even the name of the Association. In 1991, we became the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association to better reflect the various grades of paper produced by our members and the expanded activities of the association beyond just research and development. Today, RPTA represents most of the companies in North America making paperboard, containerboard, corrugating medium, linerboard, boxboard, folding carton, gypsum, tube and core, chip and specialty grades from at least 50 percent recycled fiber.

RPTA's continued focus is to provide a legal means for members to exchange information and sponsor activities that are mutually beneficial to the industry. Product stewardship, benchmarking, materials investigations, and education are integral to the work of the Association.


LATEST NEWS

RPTA Announces Recipients of
2022 Scholarships

Click here for details.

2022 Industry Profile Study
The 2022 Industry Profile Study Report was distributed to members on September 1, 2022 and is available for members only at this link. This year the report was supplemented with custom Excel workbooks for each member company, so members can analyze and graph the data in the manner best for their needs. Members can also access reports from prior years at this member-only page.

2022 P-T Seminar
Presentations from the May Production-Technical Seminar, are available at this member-only page.

Summer 2022 Webinar
On July 13th we held a webinar on Making Product Suitable for Food Contact. The webinar recording and presentation slides are available at this member-only page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2022 RPTA Fall Roundtable
Based on member requests, the topic is Paper Machine Clothing Design. The in-person event will be held October 19 and 20 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Learn how clothing design can help achieve production, quality and cost objectives. Presentations and discussion will be supplemented with a tour of Voith’s press fabric manufacturing plant.

Use this link to register for this free member-only event.

Detailed Roundtable information is available here.

2023 P-T Seminar
The 2023 Production-Technical Seminar will be held in Atlanta on April 24 and 25 and, as usual, will be co-located with TAPPICon 2023.

P-T Session Topics will be:
1. Wet end improvements
2. DAF and fiber recovery optimization
3. Process data collection, storage and use
4. Safety: dryers through calendar stacks

Registration and hotel arrangements are managed by TAPPI and details will be communicated as they become available.