Why Join?

As a member of RPTA, you gain access to a worldwide network of peers and a non-profit association that provides education and joint effort toward common goals in the recycled paperboard industry. Companies are members of RPTA. Individuals in those companies are afforded membership by virtue of their company's membership.

Membership Benefits

Through the member network and staff and volunteer work, membership in RPTA is valuable to companies and their employees. Here are the many ways RPTA members benefit:

PRODUCTS

Educational and Technical Documents — RPTA has produced a variety of bulletins and manuals covering a broad range of topics from boilouts to metal in board. These publications are used for educating customers and/or for teaching aids for new hires or those new to the industry.

Meetings and seminars — RPTA holds various seminars, roundtable discussions, and webinars designed to keep membership informed of new or improved operating practices, new technology or products from vendors or to address problem solving issues common to most properties like safety, threading practices, furnish, stock cleaning, etc.

Task Force Meetings — RPTA sets up and facilitates meetings where focused groups by discipline meet regularly to discuss new or developmental products, processes, or technology and to discuss issues common to the membership.

Benchmarking Studies — RPTA collects and reports on various industry statistics for use by member companies. Some of the current benchmarking studies include physical properties, machine efficiency, boiler efficiency, and energy use.

Comprehensive Program —RPTA has developed and maintains the proprietary Comprehensive Program for Food-Contact Paperboard Produced From Recycled Fiber. This is an industry document, recognized worldwide, that undergoes updates frequently to assure customers that recycled board is appropriate for food-contact packaging. A company must be a member of RPTA to use the Comprehensive Program.

Historical Documentations — Because RPTA, established in 1953 as BRDA and renamed RPTA in 1991, represents a substantial amount of history in the recycled fiber based paper making business segment, a substantial and documented history is available for a variety of subjects. This archived knowledge is available to members.

SERVICES

Project Studies — RPTA can assist a team of volunteers to work on specific short-term topics such as equipment evaluations, process evaluations and other topics.

Research — Staff members can pursue ideas independently and report on those efforts that may benefit the membership. Some projects may be investigatory while others require academic involvement, laboratory tests, beta trials, and eventually vendor and mill involvement.

Problem Solving — RPTA can assist in problem solving papermaking related issues. The Association represents a network of companies and subject matter experts. RPTA can act as the conduit to get members the information they need.

Read more about our membership criteria.


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.