European Rubber Journal, which has been in publication for 136 years, has been sold by Crain Communications Inc.
The Feb. 5 acquisition by NUERJ Ltd. passes on the magazine after decades under the banner of Crain Communications, the owner of Plastics News.
ERJ dates to the launch of India-Rubber Journal in 1884, then published by Abraham Kingdon & Co. of Moorfields, London.
In 1900, India-Rubber Journal magazine was sold to Maclaren and Sons of Glasgow, Scotland for 750 pounds.
In 1955, Maclaren shortened the name of the magazine to Rubber Journal and, three years later, renamed the title again; this time to Rubber Journal and International Plastics.
In 1967, the United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community (forerunner to the European Union), prompting Maclaren to rename the magazine European Rubber Journal.
Crain Communications, based in Detroit purchased European Rubber Journal from Maclaren in 1981.
ERJ's new owner NUERJ includes many decades of experience in producing publications and events for professionals working in the fields of engineering, process-engineering and laboratory-science, as well as elastomers and rubber.
"As editor of ERJ for the past seven years, it has been a privilege to be part of a Crain team, with some of the best industry journalists and publishing and events support staff I have ever worked with," said Patrick Raleigh, editor of ERJ and director of NUERJ.
"With the NUERJ team, I now look forward to further enhancing the role of ERJ as the leading communications-platform and information service for the global rubber and tire industries," added Raleigh.
"We wish editor Patrick Raleigh and the team at NUERJ the very best in this new chapter. The ERJ readers remain in excellent hands with Patrick leading coverage of this vital market," said Brennan Lafferty, vice president and group publisher at Crain Communications.
Please note that the digital copy of ERJ Jan/Feb 2021 magazine will be issued this week. The ERJ March/April issue will be the first print edition under the new ownership. Readers with subscription questions can email [email protected].