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January 7, 2002

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Kevin O'Grady,


I'm excited to tell you that Plastics Auxiliaries &Machinery and Injection Molding Magazine are now members of the same publishing family! On Nov. 15, 2001 Canon Communications LLC, the publishers of IMM, acquired PA&M, and as you can tell, some exciting changes are happening. Canon has a long and trusted publication reputation in the industries it covers, such as the medical device market, electronics market, and the packaging market, in addition to our award-winning tradeshows, such as MD&M West and East; East, West, and South Pack; and the Plastec West and East shows. While the mission of PA&M remains the same, the resources we bring will deliver an even greater product for you.

Some of the reasons for this acquisition are:

  • A strong product tabloid is an invaluable information resource to the readers and industry it serves and covers.

  • Many publications help readers learn "how to" improve their operations. PA&M is the magazine that helps readers learn "what with." It's where buyers and sellers meet.

  • We have been searching for a way to provide plastics processors doing extrusion, blowmolding, thermoforming, and other processes with the same high-quality information we provide to the injection molding community through IMM. PA&M gives us that opportunity.

  • We've hired Merle Snyder as the editor of the publication. Many will remember Merle as the highly regarded editor of Plastics Machinery &Equipment in the '90s. He's been writing about plastics and equipment for more than 20 years. Right from this very first issue, he's added new features and improved PA&M's editorial to make sure it is a magazine worthy of its readers. Please take a moment to read his editorial at right.

In these tough economic times, I hope our acquisition of PA&M is evidence of our commitment to the plastics industry. High-quality trade publications help promote and build success in the industries they cover.

I feel strongly that PA&M will contribute to the plastics industry's progress and growth to the same high degree as IMM, Plastec West, Plastec East, and our ancillary plastics products have.

Over the course of the next few issues you will continue to see many exciting enhancements. I appreciate your input on our new venture. Please feel free to contact me at (310) 445-3705 or [email protected] to let me know what you think.

Kevin O'Grady
Plastics Auxiliaries &Machinery
and Injection Molding Magazine

Merle Snyder,


Please accept my personal welcome to Plastics Auxiliaries &Machinery under its new editorial leadership. I look forward to solidifying PA&M's established editorial foundation while shaping the magazine to meet the plastics processing industry's evolving needs.

My vision for the magazine includes coverage of advanced machinery, auxiliaries, processes, and technologies, but with a definitive tilt toward the practical over the exotic. We are, and will continue to be, a "product tabloid." "Product" is self-explanatory. "Tabloid" refers to the larger-than-standard size of the magazine. Tabloid-sized industry journals are traditionally product oriented. We will unapologetically devote ourselves to the "nuts and bolts" of plastics processing. This is exemplified by the inset picture of an injection molding machine support, complete with nuts and bolts (photo from Airloc in Franklin, MA).

07_01.jpgIt is important to define our relationship to our sister publication, the very successful Injection Molding Magazine. It is a cooperative relationship, but PA&M, as the name implies, was founded first and foremost to cover auxiliaries. You will discover here and in the next several issues that we plan to honor that heritage, as well as meet the responsibility implied by "machinery" half of the magazine's title. Coverage, in addition to auxiliaries, includes tooling, components, materials, and supplies for injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, thermoforming, RIM, reinforced plastics processing (SMC, BMC, RTM, layup, sprayup), foam processing, rotational molding, compression molding, structural foam molding, compounding, moldmaking, CAD/CAM, and rapid prototyping. We will also provide pre- and postevent reports of industry shows. In addition to new-product introductions and features, the following sections will appear:

  • Buyers Guides--Lists equipment suppliers in a designated category, along with basic information about products, and contact data to obtain complete information.

  • Words of Wisdom--An industry expert shares knowledge and provides processing tips.

  • Tooling Corner--Provides timely tips and observations about injection molds, extrusion dies, and related technology for all of the plastics processes.

  • Technology Notebook--Focuses on a single processing, auxiliary, or related technology and discusses how it can be applied in your shop.

  • Reader Exchange--Enables readers to communicate with each other, pose business and technology questions, and get answers. To that end, I encourage you to send to me questions that you would like to pose to our readership (see p. 26 for details).

These are challenging and interesting times for processors, both economically and technically. We are here to serve you by providing information that will help on both counts. If you have a suggestion, or if you just want to say hello and confirm current contact information, please contact me at (303) 321-2322, ext. 316, or [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you.

Merle R. Snyder
Plastics Auxiliaries &Machinery

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