In what was clearly its strategic intention all along, the Business Information Group (Glacier Media Inc.) is erasing a former publishing rival Plastics in Canada, leaving the 68-year-old Canadian Plastics as the only trade book serving the Canadian plastics industry.
PiC had ceased appearing in print in June 2010, but Rogers Publishing Limited kept the brand alive through a website and an e-letter until May, when it was sold as part of a package of 15 trade pubs and digital brands to Glacier's Business Information Group. The erstwhile arch-rivalry went back to the days when Plastics in Canada, had been a Southam Business Publications title. At that time Southam matched Rogers title-for-title in many trade publishing categories.
At the end of the month, all traces of PiC will be folded into Canadian Plastics and subscribers to the e-letter will now receive its weekly e-letter instead.