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UW-Stevens Point & IPS Testing Forge Joint Venture

By Portage County Business Council

IPS Testing, the Appleton-based independent testing laboratory, has announced a formal joint venture with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology, a multi-disciplinary unit at the university. The recently signed agreement expands the long-standing relationship between the two organizations and will allow both entities to offer additional tests and overall services to their clients.

“The decision to formalize our agreement was made to pursue certification in the Fibre Box Association (FBA) Standards for Recyclability and Repulpability,” said Bruce Shafer, president of IPS Testing. “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. UWSP has an excellent reputation within the paper industry and we are very excited to be working with them to address our clients’ needs.”

The institute operates UWSP’s pilot paper and pulping plant for teaching, research and outreach purposes. Executive Director Paul Fowler said the cooperative arrangement with IPS benefits the paper industry as a whole by providing one-stop shopping for a range of services. “We take great care to provide all of our clients confidentiality and to deliver results of high quality and on time,” Fowler said. “We’re pleased to be associated with IPS, which has a well-earned reputation for excellence in testing services.”

The mixture of analytical testing and physical testing combined with the pilot plant and papermaking expertise will allow both groups to offer full service testing. Also, the joint venture will allow both groups to add a number of services addressing product stewardship. These services include recyclability and repulpability, biodegradability, compostability and regulatory testing.

Based in Appleton, Wis., IPS Testing serves as a leading independent laboratory with large environmentally controlled testing labs equipped with hundreds of test instruments. Combined with fiber and analytical testing expertise, IPS Testing is grounded in sound processes with testing experts who have delivered high-value services since 1989. For more information, please visit

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology provides research, laboratory services and education to create sustainability solutions for businesses and organizations. Major research areas include developing biofuels and industrial chemicals from pulp and paper mill waste, and creating value-added uses for residual materials from food and forest materials processing. Industry education courses include a hands-on papermaking course and an introduction to life cycle assessment. More information is online at