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The dawn of a new era

We all know the adage: “All good things must come to an end.” But how can this be true in an industry where products, services, technology and trends keep evolving? Take PACE magazine for example. May 2009 heralds the cusp of a new age. Not only has the magazine been re-worked with a fresh and funky new design, but it also incorporates all that was great about its predecessor, including top news, in-depth technical reports, product information and all you need to know about industry trends. We’ve just tweaked the good and made it better.

PACE this year celebrates 56 years in the industry, having begun its life as a journal for the chemical sector. First published in May of 1953, under the title Chemical Industry and Engineering, the PACE manifesto still rings true today. In the words of the magazine’s first managing editor and publisher of E G Holt Publishing Pty Ltd, Eric Greenville Holt, more than half a century ago:

“This journal has been launched to serve as a handmaid to the Chemical and Allied Industries of Australia,” he said on the editorial page of the first-published issue.

“It will chronicle their activities, progress and plans; report upon new products, processes and production methods; describe new equipment and techniques; and generally keep executives informed on technical and commercial matters of importance to their industry.”

What has changed? Today, PACE still prides itself on its success as a “handmaid” to its readers. However now our magazine exists to make the working lives of process technicians, control engineers, factory foremen, managers, scientists and industry researchers that much easier. Is this an example of something good that’s come to an end? We don’t think so.

If we can make your process plant function better, faster or cheaper, then we are doing our jobs. Add to this a fabulous new cover design and an updated interior, and we are sure that PACE magazine today has evolved to offer something for everyone working in our industry.

But don’t take our word for it – see for yourself. And don’t forget to let us know what you think by emailing us your thoughts. In the spirit of new beginnings, PACE wants to hear more from its readers – because only you can help us achieve what we set out to do… what we’ve been striving to do for more than half a century.

Sarah Falson


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