Our Mission is to solve problems for our customers.

We help our customers discover the root cause of problems with their product. We help them to understand why their product performed as it did. We help them improve the predicability of their products.

We believe that improved product predictability leads to increased profitability for our customers, their customers, and their suppliers as well.

Objectivity and Independence is critical to our mission. We work very hard to test, evaluate, interpret, and report the facts frankly and honestly in order to maximize our value to our customers. At times it is difficult for an in-house technical services group to be completely objective, especially when there are competing points of view within the organization.

We deliver factual information with the ability and experience to interpret the facts objectively and the independence to state the case openly.


Applied Paper Technology is a full service technical support facility. We focus on providing a rapid response with reliable results, plus interpretation of the results, based on practical experience and the knowledge of our associates. Typically we develop ongoing relationships with our customers, providing a one-stop source for technical support, testing, and interpretation of results.

APT was established as an independent testing facility in 1997, when the internal technical services group for Mead Coated Board was spun off in a management buyout. Vann Parker and the other employees in the existing facility formed a new independent company. The new company built on its experience working with customers and end-users of paper and paperboard products.

The group’s prior experience had included work for customers and end-users on issues related to printing, converting, scoring, die-cutting, filing line operations, multi-pack beverage carrier performance, and folding carton performance. As a result of the prior experience and much ongoing work with multi-pack beverage carriers, APT is uniquely positioned to provide technical services to paperboard manufacturers, packaging manufacturers, and beer and soft drink companies.

Applied Paper Technology has significant experience in evaluating folding cartons, including issues involved in their production and utilization. As the customer base increased, APT began evaluation of corrugated packaging, including full box compression testing.

Currently the range of products with which we are familiar and which we evaluate goes from thermal papers on the lightweight end to heavy-duty corrugated boxes.

Our Associates in the lab have manufacturing experience in production of corrugated board as well as testing experience with publication papers, coated free sheet, and recycled papers.

Vann Parker worked in pulp and paper mills, providing technical leadership and close manufacturing support for 30 years. He has extensive manufacturing experience with coated paperboard, including Solid Bleached Sulfate (SBS), Folding Box Board (FBB), and Coated Unbleached Kraft (CUK). Vann and the staff also have experience working with Coated Recycled Board (CRB), coated papers (C1S & C2S), and uncoated papers.


Miranda Bliss joined Applied Paper Technology in 2003 as Lab Manager. Miranda has experience in manufacturing and testing coated and uncoated papers. Previously she was Lab Supervisor with the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech.

Mike Forbes has experience in coating research and coating component manufacturing. He assists Miranda in the day-to-day operation of the lab.  He also interacts with our customers, which includes generating quotes and reports.

Andy Bliss has recently joined APT and has experience in beverage packaging as well as board converting and testing.