Proud to say we have a real ‘book’ again

Published 26/3, 2019 at 11:26

I have been working as publisher since 1995, but already by the end of the 1980s, I had worked as a journalist covering the transport, building and construction industries.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the trade magazines looked different when compared to today. The biggest difference was the number of pages. I had been very impressed by some trade magazines with their show issues for exhibitions like bauma, which were more like books then magazines, comprising of around 100 pages and were ‘perfect bound’, not stitched. A long time ago PDi Magazine was so produced, but to have more than 100 pages is quite a rare occurrence today for a compact magazine like PDi. 

Our bauma show issue is always a ‘BIG’ issue, and often a real ‘book’, and this is no different. The bauma show issue that you are holding in your hand has 120 pages, and is our biggest issue ever. Even though digitalisation is playing an increasingly larger role in publishing nowadays, which we also have completely adapted to, printed magazines still have a massive role to play. This is particularly so in fields such as demolition, concrete cutting, concrete floor grinding and recycling, but also applies to general construction. I think this has to do with how different sectors of professionals wish to access industry relevant information. 

If a business is concerned with, for instance, IT, Economics or similar, then maybe the information channels are more internet based. The construction industry still likes the traditional information channels through printed magazines, and these are still dominating the media, and will for some time continue to do. However, all our content and reports can today also be read online as text documents and pdf files. Furthermore, all our stories are emailed as newsletters to a great number of subscribers. So in fact it is quite difficult to miss any news from us.

This bauma show issue is really packed with information about new products to be released at the show. If anyone has missed it, bauma takes place between 8-14 April at the Messe München exhibition centre in Munich, Germany. There are over 3,990 companies exhibiting this year on 614,000m2 of exhibition space, making it the largest exhibition in the world in terms of exhibition space. PDi Magazine will of course be exhibiting as usual, together with our US sister magazine, PDa, in hall A1, booth 136 (opposite Husqvarna).

Besides a vast number of news releases in this issue, you also find a large feature on the bauma show, including a selected list of exhibitors, with their booth number related to the sectors PDi covers. If you are working in these fields, the only thing you need to navigate the show is this issue of PDi. But everything in this issue is not directly related to the bauma show. We have also compiled a number of business briefs, site reports, company profiles, and much more besides. This includes a number of special features such as mobile crushing and screening, new hydraulic breakers, and an in-depth review of the most recent German demolition conference in Berlin. There is also a report on the Water Jetting Forum in Brussels, a report on Avant Tecno’s recent press event in Finland where a number of new products were revealed, plus other stories and items of interest.

Again, if you are attending bauma, I would like to remind you to stop by our booth 136 in hall A1 to meet up with the PDi and PDa staff. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome!

Jan Hermansson

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