ATLANTA — Buoyed by last fall's Processors Conference in Columbus, Ohio, the Society of Plastics Engineers is studying whether to start a new, ``practical'' magazine for processors.
In mid-April, SPE mailed out surveys to the 850 attendees of its Processors Conference. A cover letter signed by Larry McDowell, SPE's managing director of operations, said the debut conference ``clearly demonstrated a significant need for additional practical information on plastics processing.''
``SPE would like to find out if a need also exists in the form of a practical magazine to convey the same type of plastics processing information that was presented at the 1997 Processors Conference,'' he said.
SPE already publishes a monthly trade magazine, Plastics Engineering.
``We did a telephone poll before we sent [the survey], and we got some positive response to it,'' McDowell said in an interview at Antec in Atlanta.
McDowell said it is too early to say whether the Brookfield, Conn.-based society will launch a new magazine.
``What we're looking at from our perspective is any new opportunities, and what is the marketplace looking for,'' he said.
At Antec '98, SPE published a daily newspaper covering the show. SPE hires a news service to do reporting for the paper.