Introducing the Alliance for Pulp & Paper Technology Innovation (APPTI)! We are an industry-led consortium that promotes development of advanced manufacturing technologies for the pulp and paper industry, and supports development of platforms to enable new revenue streams from forest-based biomass.
Our predecessor organization, the Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, was formed in 1994 to act on the conviction that the industry, academia, and several agencies of the Federal government have shared purpose in advancing this strong domestic industry, based on renewable resources, sustainable manufacturing practices, and sound economics.
Renamed APPTI, effective November 6, 2017, we are pledged to continue our three-part mission: To identify industry technology needs and R&D priorities. To inform universities and government agencies about industry research needs and opportunities. To promote collaborative R&D programs to seize these opportunities.
Our name has changed. Our core belief in the power of shared endeavor remains our driving force. Explore this site to learn more about our task teams, our research portfolio, our progress and plans. And then join with us as a member, a partner, or an interested contributor. Together, we can make the industry even more sustainable, more energy- and natural resource-efficient, and more competitive.
Learn more about About APPTI’s history and evolution here
Why Membership / Partnership is Important
APPTI is a forum at which manufacturers, suppliers, academic research experts, and government agencies develop pathways to advanced manufacturing technology for the pulp and paper industry. We seek breakthrough improvements in manufacturing and resource efficiency.
APPTI is the lone advocacy group for technology development in the industry. It is the only forum for network and information-sharing on technology priorities and opportunities in pulp and paper manufacture.
We tackle projects too complex for individual companies to pursue individually. APPTI stretches scarce research dollars for high priority, pre-competitive projects by obtaining matching funds for pooled resources. We build public-private partnerships. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, we can compete effectively for grants from Federal and private funding agencies.
Our members and partners drive the selection of priority research areas and content of the project portfolio. They value having a window into emerging technology—a way to keep up to date with progress that matters to them. Participants in our meetings enjoy exposure and networking with their counterparts and with universities and national laboratories.
Suppliers gain insight into the aspirations of their customers, building awareness of their visions and needs.
Our activities are purposeful and credible. Our portfolio aims high. It is intended to create economic opportunity, support national and industry goals, further improve our industry’s sustainability, and protect and grow US jobs.
We’ve gone from roadmaps to road trips, and now we’re getting the gas money. I value APPTI’s cost-effective platform of collaboration to advance core technology for our industry."
R&D / News Headlines
An APPTI proposal has been approved to move forward for additional funding for its advanced pulping initiative from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) under the U.S. Department of Energy’s High-Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program. See the News Page for details
APPTI members and partners hear from federal agencies and others at April 11, 2018, All-Members’ Meeting in Washington, DC Click for more information
APPTI visits University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon and Oak Ridge National Lab for December 2017 all-members’ meeting Click for more information
Washington, DC, September 18, 2017--Agenda 2020’s fall meeting, was held at Western Michigan University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Kalamazoo, Michigan. See the news here
“Member and company partner investment commitments in Agenda 2020 (now APPTI)-sponsored research projects in this three-year period total $1.8 million, with about half of the amount coming from industry and about half from Federal funding...” commented executive director David Turpin. Get the full story here...
LLNL and LBNL researchers explore more energy-efficient solutions for paper industry (Link to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory News)
Agenda 2020 All-Members' Meeting Held at Auburn University March 23, 2017 (Click for further details)
No amount of research will result in greater resource efficiency: successful projects must be implemented at manufacturing sites for society or companies to realize any benefit. In our requests for proposals, APPTI has placed a high premium on research projects which are practical and based on a sound business case. All five of our teams are overseeing projects meeting those tests. Click here to see a list of all current projects, and links to review the goals, strategies, projects and plans of each team.
Get more info on APPTI's current projects here...
What are Roadmaps?
APPTI has five work-teams—four devoted to critical areas of manufacturing technology, and one devoted to creating new forest-based bioproducts platforms. Experts in each area assessed current and state-of-the-art technology, then identified obstacles preventing significant improvement in process elements and in energy and resource efficiency. They focused on the barriers which, if overcome, would yield the greatest improvements, and then determined the most promising avenues to success. The result is five detailed, actionable technology research plans, or roadmaps, execution of which would produce major increases in efficiency and sustainability once successful results are widely implemented across the industry.
Get more info on APPTI Roadmaps here...