Plastics Industry Publication PRW to Relaunch in January 2019

Crain Communications has announced that it will relaunch its plastics industry publication PRW, Plastics & Rubber World. Experienced automotive and business journalist Julian Buckley has been appointed as the publication’s new editor.

The new-look, perfect bound, glossy A4 publication replaces the former PRW journal style tabloid and will initially print six times per year, starting in January 2019. It will continue to cover a broad range of content focusing on key areas of the plastics and rubber industry, together with news and views from leading business figures. Leading UK plastics industry body the British Plastics Federation (BPF) has confirmed its support for the new publication.

“PRW was a prominent feature of the UK plastics scene since the 1960s and was a well read and respected journal. We valued it as an effective medium for delivering news throughout the plastics industry. The BPF certainly welcomes its return,” said Philip Law, director general of the BPF.

“We have listened to our readers and advertisers from across the plastics industry in UK and Ireland,” commented Brennan Lafferty, vice president and group publisher at Crain Communications. “There is strong demand for a dedicated plastics publication and website that ties in with the successful annual Plastics Industry Awards and PDM exhibition and conference. I am delighted to welcome Julian on board as our new editor and look forward to seeing our first edition in January.”

Julian Buckley has been a journalist and magazine editor for over 15 years, writing and editing news articles, features and extended reports covering the global automotive industry. He has covered most major areas of industry operation, ranging from R&D through to purchasing and supply, manufacturing and retail.

Supporting the print title with a circulation of 8,000 copies in the UK and Ireland will be a series of digital products including a website featuring daily news updates and exclusive feature articles. There will also be a weekly newsletter via email, and regular reader updates and interaction via social media including Twitter, Linked In and Facebook.

PRW will feature Crain’s own related events including the Plastics Design & Moulding trade show (PDM) and the Plastics Industry Awards, which recognise excellence all aspects of plastics design, manufacture and recycling.

Nigel Baker, managing director of plastic moulding machinery maker Engel UK commented: “PRW was the most popular go-to publication and voice for the plastics industry, it was always full of latest news, technology, adverts and the popular situations vacant section. Having been a reader for over 30 years, I am thrilled that the publication will relaunch and confirm my full support going forward. Well done Crain!”

To discuss editorial opportunities, contact PRW Editor Julian Buckley at and 07376 804111.

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