Maine’s economic future, like the past, is inextricably linked to our sustainably managed forests.
The forest products industry in Maine is undergoing an exciting re-invention, marrying the old and the new. While pulp and paper manufacturing remain the top contributor to Maine’s forest economy, more mills are shifting production into tissue, label, and packaging grades of paper. Sawmill timber continues to be an important facet of Maine’s forest economy alongside emerging products such as crosslaminated timber and insulated wood fiber.
Maine research institutions and manufacturers are responsible for groundbreaking work in biofuels, biomaterials, and nanocellulose. Value creation is the key concept – turning sawdust into jet fuel or wood pulp to repair or replace human bones – using residuals to create innovative materials and products offers a future filled with new opportunities in this vital sector.
Financial Assistance for Exporters
STEP Financial Assistance Award
Up to $20,000 per year for eligible Maine companies to support fees for legal/marketing/tax consultants, trade show participation, e-commerce and digital marketing, and other activities for overseas market entry or expansion
Finland-Maine-Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Collaboration
Experts from industry and academia working together to fast-track solutions, materials, and product development in the forest bioeconomy space.
Welcome to Nanocellulose Valley
Just as Silicon Valley grew up around Stanford University, UMaine is driving an unrivaled center of nanocellulose innovation right here in Maine.
Trade association working to expand biobased product manufacturing in Maine through applied research, technical assistance, and information sharing that supports new product development, process engineering, and market assessment.
Cross-sector collaboration between industry, communities, government, education, and nonprofits, which have come together to ensure that Maine strategically adapts and capitalizes on changing markets to maintain our leading role in the global forest economy and support prosperity in our state.
For over 80 years, the University of Maine has offered a unique, open-access research experience where scientists, entrepreneurs and industry leaders work collaboratively to develop new pulp- and paper-based products and manufacturing processes.
We’d love to hear from you to discuss your interest in this sector and Maine’s advantages.