Growing the rural economy: WIST is working with a local producer to develop cold-climate grapes as a new ag crop for Wisconsin.
Bespoke research: WIST provides research and development on contract to commercial clients.
Technology transfer: Strathmore® RiverPoint® printmaking paper was launched at a trade show in Pittsburgh.
Economic development: WIST provides compostability testing to help packaging manufacturers in new product development.
Supporting industry and improving workforce: WIST provides training short courses in papermaking to industry professionals including those in mills and in related supplier industries.
Public-private partnership: WIST and American Science and Technology have created the Cellulose Pilot and Processing Lab. We are working with industry on novel materials and new applications.
Our Fourdrinier pilot paper machine is available for grade development, raw material/chemical additive studies, equipment evaluation and production runs. Contact us to discuss your project.

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) provides research, laboratory services, and education for business and industry. We're entrepreneurial, working to bring new ideas and innovation from the university to the private sector. Contact us to see how we can help your business.

Laboratory services include paper testing, paper grade development, pulping and bleaching studies, coating and lamination piloting and related services that support the paper and packaging industries. We also provide compostability testing of coated paper and bioplastic materials. We perform analyses such as ion chromatography for carbohydrates, organic acids and alcohols, and our fermentation lab performs experimental trials. WIST research includes biofuels, renewably sourced chemicals from biomass, and value-added uses of agricultural and forestry residuals from processing. WIST educational offerings include papermaking courses, topics in sustainability, and our annual Focal Point conference.


 Upcoming Events and Professional Courses

<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>12-03-2015</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Hands-on Papermaking Course</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClassC51FF822DB444430B269778F626CF469"><p>​This two-day course is offered December 3-4 at UW-Stevens Point.</p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>12-10-2015</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Sustainable Business Conference</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClassE8B2C2C8068747009886CDB1E64A9D5D"><p>​The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, in conjunction with Cool Choices and the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, will host its eighth annual conference at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on December 10, 2015.  Register online by clicking this event and following the registration link.</p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>01-21-2016</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Coating and Lamination in Packaging Applications</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass4FD04CA1CBFA444484CD9B8C66F9989A"><p>​Take this two-day course January 21-22 at UW-Stevens Point. With a combination of classroom presentations and hands-on work on the UW-Stevens Point pilot coating and laminating line, you'll learn the fundamentals of coating and laminating in packaging applications.</p> <p>This course is designed for those working in paper converting, coating, printing and flexible packaging, such as engineers, technicians, chemists, scientists, sales representatives, and customer service representatives. Representatives of companies that supply adhesives, inks, silicones, papers, plastic films and aluminum foils will also benefit.</p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>02-11-2016</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Optimizing Sheet Structure for Maximal Product Performance, an Introduction</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClassF4D60BF42D704C0388CACEAFE4CCA27D"><p>​This two-day course is offered February 11-12.</p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>03-10-2016</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Introduction to Papermaking Additives</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass91F7391A118B44889084CEF9D57BEACF"><p>​Take this two-day course March 10-11 at UW-Stevens Point.</p></div></div></DIV>
$14.5 billion
Annual production value of Wisconsin's paper industry
Professionals in paper and packaging industries provided learning and training opportunities by WIST
$12.9 million
Federal and state grants awarded to and managed by WIST with focus on growing Wisconsin's rural economy
Wisconsin pulp and paper mills supported by WIST research and laboratory services
Minimum number of UW-Stevens Point students who have received training and a paycheck from WIST while majoring in paper science, business or waste management

WIST works with Wisconsin businesses

“We absolutely could not have launched this program (especially the speed) without UWSP. It's exciting because although we are just beginning to sell it, the response has been so strong... I'm confident that this project will be a winner and everyone involved will benefit as a result.” – Jeanette Gile, Pacon.

WIST worked with Pacon to develop a new line of printmaking papers, after the company learned about our collaborative work to create RiverPoint fine art paper.

“It’s critically important that we have, one, a place to go to where we can have some of these short-term research efforts undertaken and not be delayed by our current research project commitments. And secondly, where we can do it at a place where we can train up students at the undergraduate or the graduate level and hopefully, long-term relationships develop and this becomes a feeder source for our future employment candidates as well. Siemens may be global, but having a local resource like WIST means we can undertake a greater volume of research with our current research staffing, and help develop the talent we’ll need to rely on in the years to come.” – Bill Cunningham, Manager of Biological Processes/Products, Seimens Energy, Inc., Rothschild, Wisconsin



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<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>07-27-2015</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>LBP Packaging executive announced as keynote speaker for Focal Point 2015</a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>10-14-2014</div><div id='newsList'><a href=' '>Focal Point 2014 highlights food and beverage packaging innovation </a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>06-19-2014</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>WIST working with Siemens R&D</a></div></DIV>