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Goodbye, thanks, and looking ahead.

Welcome to the first issue of Plastics Engineering (PE) for 2013. This is also the first issue in 26 years to be produced without the talents and expertise of former PE Managing Editor Dan Domoff. Dan left SPE at the end of October 2012. SPE thanks Dan for his service over the years, and wishes him and his wife Nancy the very best in their retirement years!

What can you expect to see in Plastics Engineering in 2013?

* January--This issue focuses on plastics bottles--from preforms to recycling.

* February is the ANTEC preview issue and will contain the ANTEC 2013 Advance Program. Be sure to check it out and make your plans to join us in Cincinnati in April!

* March--The March issue is SPE's auxiliary machine update. It will also feature an article on diagnosing and solving injection molding problems.

* April will look at all aspects of machinery, the job market outlook, and testing equipment.

* May--The May issue discusses new advances in processing, from incremental advances to popular methods, as well as design and CAD simulation software solutions for the industry.

* June delves into infrastructure, specifically roadways, bridges, and the involvement of municipal and federal governments with plastics. Also featured will be a look at composites.

* July/August--Our summer issue examines all aspects of plastics in the automotive industry, including sustainable automotive transportation.

* September will feature a preview of the K-Show in Dusseldorf, Germany. Be sure to stop by the SPE booth if you'll be there! Recycling will also be examined.

* October--The October issue looks at health care, including packaging, materials, and consumer products for the medical plastics industry.

* November/December--Always a favorite, this issue will be the Additives Yearbook, covering colorants and pigments, fillers and reinforcements, plasticizers, blowing agents, flame retardants and heat and UV stabilizers.

Plastics Engineering 2013 promises to be filled with information of interest on a wide variety of plastics materials, processes, machinery and products. If you have a new product or innovation that might fit into an upcoming issue, we'd like to hear from you. Email details to grbristol@4spe.org, listing "PE Article" in the subject line.

One final thank-you goes out to all our readers who called or emailed SPE Headquarters in December offering their support when Newtown, Connecticut, where we are located, was shocked by the deaths of 20 first grade students and 6 teachers/school administrators at the hands of a crazed gunman. No one on staff lost a loved one in this tragedy, but all of us have been deeply affected as part of the Newtown community, and we thank you for your concern. SPE will make an appropriate donation to the town in memory of these victims.

Gail R. Bristol

Managing Director

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Author:Bristol, Gail R.
Publication:Plastics Engineering
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Date:Jan 1, 2013
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