STUTTGART, Germany (Nov. 17) — The German foam sector association, Fachverband Schaumkuntstoffe e.V., has awarded David Reed, former editor of "Urethanes Technology" magazine, its gold medal in honor of his efforts to further the interests of the industry.
Reed was editor of UT from its founding in 1984 until earlier this year; he continues in semi-retirement as the magazine's consulting editor. UT is published by Crain Communications Ltd.
The FSK gave Reed the medal at its 2006 foam fabricators meeting in Stuttgart. FSK Chairman Albrecht Manderscheid said new technical ideas and innovations are good for the sector, but emphasized that "to communicate this is a very important role."
"Do good and speak about it" is a valuable motto here, he said, and "competent, well-researched fine reporting is a necessity."
The FSK cited Reed's roles in setting up UT and in the genesis of the UTECH international exhibitions and conferences, which have gone from the first meeting in 1986 in The Hague, Netherlands, to events held in alternating years in Europe and Asia and, starting next year, in the U.S.