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How Profitable Are You?
PM&F’s Fast 50 Salutes This
Season’s Hot Plastics Firms.

Karen Koenig
Editor-in-Chief

They may not be the biggest, but they are among the best. And there’s a good chance your company could be one of them.

The September issue of PM&F will focus the industry’s attention on 50 of the most progressive, fastest growing secondary plastics processors and report on the factors that led to their success.

Companies will be ranked based on their growth percentage of gross sales in 2000 compared to 1999.

How To Qualify For The Fast 50

To qualify for consideration in this year’s FAST 50, the following criteria must be met:

1. Your company is a secondary manufacturer of products ma#de from plastic material. The products manufactured could include, but are not limited to: automotive and transportation components, POP displays, medical equipment and devices, computer housings, products for the electronics and semi-conductor industries, tanks, sporting goods, distributors offering value-added services, etc.

2. Your company has generated annual sales of at least $100,000 in each year since 1998.

3. Your sales were greater in 2000 than in 1999.

Companies interested in participating in the FAST 50 can fill out and return the form located on page 30 of this issue. An online version of the form suitable for e-mail is available on our Web site, www.plasticsmachining.com.

The deadline for completed questionnaires is May 11. Please fax or mail your information to:

FAST 50
PM&F Magazine
400 Knightsbridge Pkwy./P.O. Box 1400
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Fax: (847) 634-4374

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I can be reached by phone at (847) 634-4366 or by e-mail at kkoenig@vancepublishing.com

New Techniques To Make Your Business More Profitable

PM&F and the International Association of Plastics Distributors will co-sponsor the Third Plastics Machining & Fabricating Conference on June 28-29 in Chicago, with an early-bird reception the evening of June 27.

The conference will focus on secondary plastics processing, with an emphasis on fabrication tips and techniques. Topics include:
• Selecting and specifying mechanical and clear plastics
• Developments in milling machines, routers and lasers
• Software for the shop floor
• FAQs on cutting tools
• Bonding and welding applications
• Injection molding and thermoforming requirements
Case studies by leading plastics manufacturers — Pulsar Plastics, Schafer Systems and Seelye Plastics — will also give attendees an inside look into the successful production methods employed at these plants.

For more information contact Karen Koenig, PM&F, at (847) 634-4366, e-mail: kkoenig@vancepublishing.com.

Registration and tabletop exhibit information can be obtained by calling the IAPD at (913) 345-1005 or e-mailing iapd@iapd.org.

A copy of the program can be viewed online at www.plasticsmachining.com; also see page 6 of this issue for additional information.

Save The date

PM&F and the International Association of Plastics Distributors will co-sponsor the Third Plastics Machining & Fabricating Conference on June 28-29 in Chicago, with an early-bird reception the evening of June 27.

The seminar portion of the conference will focus on secondary plastics processing, with an emphasis on fabrication tips and techniques.
Topics will include:
• Introduction to mechanical and clear plastics
• Developments in milling machines and lathes
• Routing and trimming techniques
• Software for the shop floor
• FAQs on cutting tools
• Bonding and welding applications
• Forming requirements, including tooling needs

For details on the seminar program, contact me at (847) 634-4366 or E-mail kkoenig@vancepublishing.com. If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, contact the IAPD at (913) 345-1005, E-mail iapd@iapd.org.

We hope to see you there.

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