Editor’s comment: New beginnings…

Author : Mark Gradwell, Editor, EPDT

04 January 2019

Mark Gradwell, Editor, EPDT
Mark Gradwell, Editor, EPDT

As we enter 2019, there are new beginnings too here at EPDT – but we remain dedicated to finding and delivering the best electronics design, manufacturing & test stories for you!

A version of this column was featured in the February 2019 issue of EPDT magazine [read the digital issue]. Sign up to receive your own copy.

Happy New Year, readers! I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing, refreshing and enjoyable break over the Christmas period with your families, friends and loved ones – and we wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.

As 2019 begins, I’m excited to share with you some changes here at EPDT. I want to thank former EPDT Assistant Editor, Sam Holland, who has decided to move on from EPDT to take up another opportunity. I joined EPDT as Consultant Editor in May 2017, a few weeks after Sam joined and former Editor, Alastair Winning, left the publication – and Sam has been an important part of developments at EPDT over the last 20 months, so we thank him and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Going forward, I’m delighted to assume full editorial responsibility across all EPDT content and platforms – the print & digital magazine, website, newsletters, social channels and live events. The mission I set out for EPDT in my first editorial column in the magazine still applies: to shine a light on the collective achievements of the electronics industry – helping inform, educate and engage our readers, providing you with timely, relevant and interesting content to help you develop your skills, knowledge and careers.

EPDT will retain its focus on high quality, engaging technical feature content, covering not only the broadest range of technologies and industries, but also the entire electronic product development and manufacturing cycle, from design, through production, to test – plus the supply chain (via dedicated twice-yearly Distribution & Outsourcing supplements). Each issue includes editorial comment on topical industry issues and a STEM column, focusing on society’s combined efforts to inspire the next generation of engineers & scientists – as well as a healthy mix of technical features, case studies, tutorials, event previews, interviews, Q&As and viewpoints.

Online and in our weekly email newsletter, EPDT will cover a mix of product and industry news, technology stories and features; and we’re now more actively engaging our social channels, using Twitter (@EPDTnews) and LinkedIn, to ensure our reach is broader than ever before.

As IoT & Industry 4.0 continue to be hot topics, we’ve also introduced a new, dedicated supplement to directly address them. And this was reflected too in electronica 2018’s theme of ‘Connecting everything – smart, safe and secure’ – with connectivity, intelligence and security threading through applications and technology from artificial intelligence, home & building automation, wearables & medical electronics, to autonomous vehicles. We can’t wait to explore these topics and others together with you in EPDT during 2019!

And we want to hear from you too, whether you have feedback on stories we’ve run in print or online, or contributions/ideas for topics you’d like to see us cover in the future – so please feel free to get in touch!...

Mark Gradwell
Editor, EPDT

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