High-Performance Composites

NOV 2014

High-Performance Composites is read by qualified composites industry professionals in the fields of continuous carbon fiber and other high-performance composites as well as the associated end-markets of aerospace, military, and automotive.

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EDITOR FROM THE EDITOR N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 | 5 ou have in your pos- session the very last issue of High-Perfor- mance Composites magazine that will ever be pub- lished. That, however, is not bad news. It's good news. Let me explain. HPC , as you may know, is one of two magazines we have published over more than 20 years for designers, fabricators and other professionals in the composites industry. HPC has focused primarily on the use of con- tinuous carbon fber and other advanced fber- reinforced polymers in the aerospace industry and other high-performance applications. Sister publication, Composites Technology ( CT ), has focused primarily on the use of polymers reinforced with more economical fbers — mostly glass and plant- derived — in continuous and discontinuous forms in automotive, marine, industrial, consumer and similar applications. Each magazine has been pub- lished bi-monthly in alternating months. I noted here a few months ago that for most of their history, publishing two magazines, one for the "advanced" composites professional and the other for those involved in "industrial" compos- ites, made sense and was very manageable. Over the past few years, however, as the composites industry has evolved to expand fber and resin in- tegration across multiple and diverse end-markets and applications, the line that separated HPC and CT has gotten increasingly fuzzy. Finally, that fuzzi- Focus on Design, Work in Prog- ress, Plant Tours and Market Outlooks — remain as well. And CW will continue to focus on aerospace and other high- performance applications that have always been the hallmark of HPC . But in addition, you will now enjoy our coverage of composite materials and pro- cesses employed in end-mar- kets for which there seldom was room in HPC , including the wind energy, marine, automotive, architecture, corrosion, sporting goods and consumer sectors. The new magazine has acquired a new name be- cause we want to emphasize its role as your win- dow into the whole world of composites innova- tion. And that gave us just the excuse we needed to design a new logo (below) and a new look — for that, you will have to wait until the inaugural issue of CW arrives in your mailbox in January. It is not without a tinge of regret that we say good-bye to a 20-year friend with the discontinu- ation of HPC , but we are excited about the launch of CompositesWorld, and we're confdent that you will fnd its expanded focus and global perspective a key component of your continuing education pro- gram in the ever-expanding and ever-evolving com- posites industry. Thanks for loyally reading HPC , enjoy reading CW and, as always, let me know how we're doing and how we can serve your composites information needs most effectively. . jeff@compositesworld.com Jeff Sloan ness has forced us into a new business and editor- ial paradigm. And that's the good news: Starting January 2015, HPC and CT will be merged to create one new monthly publication, called CompositesWorld ( CW ). As the merger implies, CW's editorial content will focus on use of all fbers and resins in all end- markets and applications throughout the world. In short, we are growing and changing with the indus- try we serve. What does this mean to you, the reader? On that subject, the news is even better. The same great content you've come to know and trust remains, but now it will come to you every month. In ad- dition, familiar features — Inside Manufacturing, Y

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