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Crain buys British plastics magazines, show

Crain Communications Inc., owner of Automotive News, has purchased two publications in England and a trade show from Emap Communications Ltd., of London.

The publications, Plastics & Rubber Weekly and the monthly European Plastics News, are in Croydon, England. They will be grouped with Plastics News, a Crain Communications weekly trade magazine in Akron, Ohio.

Tony Eagan, publisher of Plastics News, has been promoted to group publisher and given responsibility for the acquired publications.

The deal includes Emap's Plastics Design and Moulding exhibition, an annual United Kingdom industry awards event, and about a dozen European conferences.

Andrew Beevers, publishing and events director for the British titles, will transfer to Crain Communications and head the Croydon office and a team of 18 people.

Crain Communications will keep its office in London, headquarters for European Rubber Journal, Urethanes Technology International and Business Insurance Europe.

"We are delighted about the opportunity this acquisition brings to deepen our coverage of this global market, and we look forward to providing additional value to our readers and advertisers with this unmatched coverage and extension of our events," Crain Communications Chairman Keith Crain said.

Plastics & Rubber Weekly, with a circulation of 11,800, covers the U.K. plastics industry. It was launched in 1964. Its Web site is www.prw.com.

European Plastics News was started in 1974. It is an English language, pan-European magazine covering the plastics manufacturing sector. Circulation is more than 13,800 subscribers.

The three-day Plastics Design and Moulding show was launched in 2005 in Telford, England. The show targets U.K. designers, specifiers and manufacturers of plastic molded products. The next show is scheduled April 15-17, 2008, in Telford.

Headquartered in Detroit, Crain Communications publishes more than 30 consumer, business and trade publications.

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