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New Look for the New Year

Plastics Machining & Fabricating kicks off the new year with a new logo, column and opportunity.

 by Karen M. Koenig

A feeling of excitement came over me on Jan. 1. Not because I survived an eight-hour New Year's Eve party. Nor was it because there was a full schedule of college football ahead of me (which, for my family, has been more exciting to watch than any pro game played this season). Rather, it was because I was anticipating the changes coming to Plastics Machining & Fabricating.

Seriously, I really am excited about our new logo, feature and "virtual trade show." I hope you will be too.

New Logo

Plastics people talk in acronyms, particularly when referring to items of substance and importance. So what better way to start the new year than for the magazine with the most substance in the plastics machining and fabricating field to join the acronym bandwagon.

Beginning with this issue, Plastics Machining & Fabricating's new signature logo is the three letters PM&F. But while our name has changed, our focus remains the same: to be the most comprehensive magazine on technology and trends for the secondary plastics processing industry.

We're continually finding new and innovative ways to pass this information on to you.

PM&F's Virtual trade show

Get a jump on NPE 2000 by visiting the PM&F Virtual Trade Show; the "showroom doors" open in May.

By logging onto, you will be able to view "booths" by a wide variety of industry suppliers, all without leaving your chair. If you see something you like, simply click on the hotlink and be transported to the company's Web site for further information. Not only will this save you time during NPE by allowing you to preview the products in advance, but it will also save you money in shoe leather.

New column

Debuting in the January/ February issue, Plastics Profile is a new column which will focus on the characteristics and selection guidelines for designing with plastic materials. A different material will be profiled in each issue in an easy-to-read, two-page format. This month's featured material is engineered plastics.

The column begins on page 29 of this issue. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Please call me at (847) 634-4347 ext. 366 or e-mail me at: I value your opinion.



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