Trends and ideas.
* 2002 Van den Akker prize for paper physics advancement was awarded to Niclas Stenberg, Christer Fellers, and Soren Ostlund from the Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute (STFI) and KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden
* NOx control market US$ 2 billion per year until 2007. McIlvaine Co., Northbrook, Illinois, has found that worldwide purchases of NOx control equipment will average more than US$ 2 billion per year over the next five years.
* A Virginia Tech professor has helped create a measurement device for ecosystem health.
* Weyerhaeuser Co. has achieved reductions in all of its safety metrics, earning it the title of One of America's Safest Companies.
* Managed forests can play a vital role in reducing global deforestation, according to Weyerhaeuser Co. Chairman, President and CEO Steven R. Rogel. An outline of that role was provided in a speech given by Rogel at the annual meeting of the Society of American Foresters.
* The Graphic Arts Marketing information Service (GAMIS). Alexandria, Virginia, USA, recently published "Globalization of Print Buying," which found that 44% of surveyed print buyers identify a trend in that direction within their company.
* USC Consulting Group has launched a neat "interactive blended learning solution."
* International Development Associates, Mendenhall, Pennsylvania, USA, released a report showing the 1997 record high rosin production level of 1,280,000 metric tons declined to 1,005,000 tons in 2001.
* The Freedonia Group Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, USA, anticipates U.S. label shipments to expand by 4.8% per year through 2006, bringing production to 8 billion square meters, valued at US$ 14 billion.
* The 2001 Census Bureau Survey on pumps reports that for 2000 to 2001, the value of shipments of pumps (not including vacuum pumps but including pump parts and equipment) manufactured in the United States increased by 1% to US$ 5 billion.
* Foodservice Packaging Products found that one-third of all operators surveyed said they expect their foodservice packaging purchases to increase in the next year, on average by 12.3%.