Private-Public Partnership Formed by Wisconsin Organizations to Provide Testing Services

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A partnership between two Wisconsin-based organizations, IPS Testing and the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, combines private and academic resources, equipment and experience to benefit the global paper industry. This private-public collaboration may be a sign of things to come.

This partnership is a smart move forward as it allows us to merge our resources and serve as another example of how private-public collaborations like this can maximize budgets and efficiencies while expanding services.

Announcing a formal private-public joint venture to maximize expertise and resources, IPS Testing of Appleton, Wisconsin, has teamed up with the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). Together, the duo will test treated corrugated packaging materials for recyclability and provide certification of sustainable coating alternatives in the paper industry.

This alliance continues the trend toward private companies and public entities forming industry partnerships. It further expands the long-standing relationship between the two organizations, allowing them to pursue certification in the Fibre Box Association (FBA) Voluntary Standard for Repulping and Recycling Corrugated Fiberboard. Bruce Shafer, president of IPS, shared, “Our clients had requested that we add this service, but neither group had the equipment to complete all portions. This agreement allows our clients access to our broad range of testing expertise at IPS as well as the UWSP pulping and papermaking pilot plant to perform the FBA standard.”

Combining IPS’s analytical and physical testing capabilities with WIST’s papermaking expertise gives the team the means to offer additional tests and services focused on product stewardship and sustainability. Testing capabilities will include recyclability and repulpability as well as biodegradability, compostability and regulatory testing.

IPS has comprehensive testing laboratories and equipment on site while WIST houses a fully-operational paper machine at its pilot plant. The pair will provide the research and testing needed to create more earth-friendly alternatives for non-recyclable wax coatings. As Shafer explains, “This partnership is a smart move forward as it allows us to merge our resources and serve as another example of how private-public collaborations like this can maximize budgets and efficiencies while expanding services.”

IPS Testing serves as an independent testing laboratory for many industries including, paper, pulp and print materials; nonwovens; medical supplies; personal care and absorbent products; food packaging; and allied industries. IPS Testing combines physical and analytical testing along with interpretive data analysis to offer clients testing services that help improve and ensure the quality of their products. For more information, contact Chris Reitmeyer at 920-609-1024, or visit http://www.ipstesting.com.

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