AKRON, OHIO — As in the past, Plastics News will be throwing all available editorial resources into thoroughly covering NPE 1997 in Chicago June 16-20, and producing a fresh issue for show-goers every day.
NPE attendees will receive the publication's usual Monday issue, plus special show-daily issues Tuesday through Thursday, as well as early distribution (on Friday morning at the show) of the following week's usual issue, dated June 23. The issue distributed Friday at NPE will feature our annual pipe, profile and tubing extruders ranking and special report.
Plastics News will have 14 editorial staff in Chicago the entire week, with another seven remaining in its Akron headquarters office to handle production of the show dailies.
Editor Robert Grace and managing editor Don Loepp will oversee a temporary newsroom in McCormick Place, out of which the reporters will work that week.
The following staff members will cover these beats during the show:
Bill Bregar — injection molding machinery and related process controls.
Michael Lauzon — extrusion and calendering machines (including dies and feed screws), extrusion-related process controls, chemicals and additives, all types of grinders and related auxiliary equipment.
Sarah Smith — blow molding and thermoforming machines, recyclers and recycling equipment.
Joseph Pryweller — software (including computer-aided design and manufacturing), mold making (including hot runners and mold steel) and rapid prototyping.
Roger Renstrom — reaction injection molding, compression and rotational molding equipment, reinforcing agents, temperature control-related auxiliary equipment.
Frank Esposito — thermoplastic resins, resin distributors and compounders.
Craig Urey—plastics processors, thermoset resins and materials handling.
Steve Toloken — industry services and economic development, plus decorating and test equipment.
Bill Henson — assistant managing editor Henson will be handling general-assignment news reporting from the show floor.
John Couretas — though now a full-time staff reporter for Automotive News in Detroit, Couretas (formerly Plastics News' staff reporter in the Motor City) will work as a general-assignment news reporter for PN in Chicago during NPE.
Christina Stehno — editorial intern Stehno will assist with various editorial duties in Chicago during the show.
Joe Wilssens — freelance photographer Wilssens will handle picture-taking throughout the week.
In addition to covering breaking news from the show floor, each reporter will be asking plastics processors and original equipment manufacturers attending NPE for their comments on specific end-market trends, for stories Plastics News plans to publish after the show.
PN will distribute a survey form from its main booth in the North Hall at N4169 seeking input from processors and OEMs, and asking them to identify their primary end markets. The reporters will use those completed surveys, plus follow-up phone calls or visits to sources who attended the show, to research the end-market stories.
Plastics News also will have a second booth, in the new South Hall, at S156, where it will be providing demonstrations of its Internet site, Plastics News On the Web.
Additionally, throughout the week, Plastics News' booth staff will provide interested exhibitors with survey forms, seeking news tips and information on new products. Be advised that completing and returning such a form will enhance the possibility that a reporter will visit your booth during the show for further details, but it does not guarantee it.
It is a challenge, to say the least, for 10 reporters to try to gather and write the news from more than 1,500 NPE exhibitors in five days. But PN's editors will do their best to process and prioritize exhibitors' news releases and requests.
However, your patience and understanding is appreciated.