Unfortunate delays to PDiPublished 19/12, 2014
Dear readersDuring the autumn a couple of issues of PDi were delayed, with issue 4 completely missing its schedule. Issue 6 will be distributed as normal at the beginning of next year to coincide with the exhibition World of Concrete in February.
I am very sorry for the delays, which were out of our control. I know excuses will not change the fact the issues were delayed, but there is an explanation. As some of you might know SCOP, which publishes PDi, also organised the trade show DEMCON held in Sweden in early September. Planning and implementing the show occupies almost all our time for a period before and after the show. Normally we cope but the week before the show SCOP had a major break-in and several computers, screens and other office equipment were stolen, and the entrance door completely demolished. Luckily all data was backed up. But the incident caused serious delays while purchasing new equipment and reinstalling everything.
With a tight schedule, even before the burglary, it proved impossible to produce and deliver Issue 4 on time. I should not bother you with excuses, but I apologise to all our readers and advertisers for the delays. We have taken steps to ensure delays do not reoccur and have taken on more at PDi. From January Markus Leo will take over the design and layout of the magazine, which will release the existing editorial team to focus on reporting. From next year we will also focus more on in-depth reports about manufacturers and contractors in our industries.
We are also going to publish a new web portal that will be updated regularly, and will allow readers to comment directly on the web and also offer a wide range of banner advertising. Next year we will also send out regular newsletters to readers. We are moving towards a more web-based publication, even though our printed magazine will remain. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
I also would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers and advertisers for their support this year and hope that you continue to read and enjoy PDi. I hope that you all are with us in 2015 and we will do our best to monitor what is going on in our industries. I also would like to invite you to our booth at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas in February and hope to see you there. As issue 6 will be out in mid January I would like to wish you happy holidays and a happy new year.