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The More Things Change...

Beginning in September, PM&F will have a new name and a fresh look.

Karen Koenig

With age comes improvement. So, to celebrate the upcoming fifth anniversary of our inaugural issue in September, PM&F will unveil a fresh look and, more importantly, a new name.

Plastics Molding and Fabricating will officially debut with the next issue. The new name reflects our commitment to covering all facets of the secondary plastics processing market including: injection molding, thermoforming, machining, finishing and material trends. We will continue doing what we do best: telling our readers of news and innovative techniques through interviews with manufacturers, product news and case histories.

It is this last item which sets us apart from our competition. In every issue we have articles on both large and small companies manufacturing unique items or using new technology to keep their company in the black. Past issues have included companies such as Lear Corp., Satellite Modeling, ESA Mfg., Pulsar Plastics, Seelye Plastics, Schafer Systems and Stack Plastics to name a few. This issue is no different. For our cover story this month we visited the United Airlines’ Maintenance Operations facility in San Francisco (see page 18). Though a small thermoforming shop, it is responsible for manufacturing replacement plastic components used in United’s entire fleet of 600 planes.

Two other articles were obtained during a journalist trip to France, which was sponsored by the French Technology Press Organization. The article on Mecaplast (page 27), details the company’s development of a new welding technique for polyamides. The case history on Aura Plastic (page 24) details the injection molding processes that French automotive components manufacturers employed to ensure its growth in the industry.

I’d like to thank all of you readers and advertisers that have supported us since the beginning. Stay tuned, the best is yet to come.

get your forms in today for PM&F’s fast 50

Just a reminder, 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.

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 made 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 contact me at (847) 634-4366 or e-mail: to receive a form. An online version of the form suitable for e-mail, printing and faxing, is available on our Web site,

Please fax, mail or e-mail your information to:

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

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