Papyrus (ASX:PPY), which makes waste trunks of banana palms into an alternative for wood-based paper products, has gained a new strategic investor this morning.

Sydney-based hemp producer Union Pacific Equities has bought 20 per cent of the company for 1c per share.

According to Papyrus, Union Pacific is seeking to apply the technology to its residual fibre processing and will bring a substantial international business network.

Papyrus began in 1995 and listed in 2005, reaching as high as 91c in 2007 after a patent win, but made a substantial retreat as successful commercialisation eluded it.

Papyrus boss Ramy Azer argued this investment was “an enormous vote of confidence in Papyrus, it’s world class technology and importantly in the company’s future”.

He said the technology would also assist in the reduction of greenhouse gases. Stockhead has contacted the company for further comment.

After hitting a low of 0.4c in June, Papyrus shares spiked to 1.2c last week and this morning more than doubled, rising to 2.5c.


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