Paper has played an instrumental role in our lives for hundreds, even thousands, of years. The paper and pulp industry is pioneering novel materials, adapting to new sources of fiber, and working to meet new market demands. Manufacturers are looking for revenue opportunities through new products. Consumers are demanding products that meet their needs, are affordable and reduce environmental impact. At the same time, the pulp and paper industry faces a number of very real challenges – from resource concerns including sustainable forestry objectives, management of water consumption and environmental regulations, to macroeconomic issues like high energy costs and cost containment pressures.NanoPaper’s technologies offer an alternative to some of the current constraints faced by the paper and pulp industry. For example, recovered fiber today accounts for nearly half of the fiber utilized in current production (140 million tonnes recovered fiber versus 165 million tonnes virgin fiber). Yet recovered fibers are inherently less strong. For products utilizing recovered fibers, we have focused on improving performance characteristics for products using these fibers, while reducing the amount of wood fiber, energy or clean water required in the manufacturing process.