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 created the Cellulose Pilot and Processing Lab with facilities at AST in Wausau, Wisconsin, and on campus.
Paper making: 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 bring new ideas and innovation from the university to the private sector. Contact us to see how we can help your business.

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Central Wisconsin Days is March 21-22. It's your opportunity to advocate for business, workforce and economic development initiatives for Central Wisconsin. Participate in small-group meetings with legislators, policy maker and officials in government and attend an exclusive reception. Here's more information including how to register.

WIST 2017 Annual Report published

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The 2018 schedule is set: Don't miss your opportunity to take our great series of hands-on courses including Hands-On Paper Making; Advanced Hands-On Paper Making: Additives; Advanced Hands-On Paper Making: Formation; and Coating and Lamination in Packaging Applications. You can take one or all and they don't have to be taken in sequence. Register online now for the best price with early registration discounts.

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$14.5 billion
Annual production value of Wisconsin's paper industry
Professionals in paper and packaging industries provided learning and training opportunities by WIST
$13.4 million
Federal and state grants awarded to and managed by WIST with focus on growing Wisconsin's rural economy
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
Wisconsin's rank among U.S. states for harvested acreage of vegetables

<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>11-02-2017</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>WIST and Soil and Waste Resources win national award</a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>01-05-2016</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>WIST Compostability Testing Laboratory Achieves ISO 17025 Certification</a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>12-29-2015</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>Project exploring antioxidants from potato processing waste</a></div></DIV>

WIST works with Wisconsin businesses

Research work with Aquafix:

WIST works with Madison-based Aquafix to clean up waterways and reduce the use of chemicals in the environment.

“The combination of renowned professors working together and millions of dollars in equipment allows us to seek deeper truths and create better products than we could without WIST" – Kevin Ripp, director of science and innovation, Aquafix. Read more about the WIST-Aquafix connection in WIST's 2017 Annual Report.

RiverPoint® collaboration:

“We could not have launched our Printmaking program, especially in the timeframe, without UWSP. We have been able to bring new products to the market, made in Wisconsin paper mills, that will help us continue to grow our business and cement our position as an innovative supplier of fine art papers" – Jim McDermott, EVP of Sales and Marketing, Strathmore Artist Papers, 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.

Research work with Siemens:

“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, Siemens Energy, Inc., Rothschild, Wisconsin