LINCOLNSHIRE, ILL. - Plastics Molding & Fabricating, a 5-year-old magazine serving secondary plastics processors, ceased publication after its December issue.
Executives at the magazine, which is published seven times a year with a separate buyer's guide, suspended operations due to declining advertising revenues and market conditions, said Harry Urban, vice president and publishing director.
The magazine's parent company, Lincolnshire-based Vance Publishing Corp., will continue to offer a buyer's guide and chat room at its Web site, www.pmf magazine.com. The publication's four employees will be reassigned to other Vance magazines.
The magazine had a circulation of 25,000. It focused on value-added plastics processing, including secondary operations, assembly and fabrication work. PMF changed its name at the beginning of 2001 from Plastics Machining & Fabricating.
The magazine sent a letter to readers and advertisers Dec. 14 telling them the magazine no longer was viable.
``The prospects for 2002 were not the best,'' Urban said in a Jan. 2 interview. ``They tell me a niche exists for value-added processing. I don't know if we were ahead of our time or if we didn't have a clue. But we gave it a good shot.''