PRo Publications International Ltd was founded in October 1996 by Paul Brown (the ‘P’ in PRo) and Robert McCaffrey (the ‘Ro’ in PRo), to publish the original Asian Cement Magazine. PRo quickly diversified, to produce European, Middle Eastern and American cement magazines. Starting in 1997, PRo also started to publish a series of cement industry directories. In 1998 the company commenced publication of Global Gypsum Magazine and Global Lime Magazine and also founded its first website - www.propubs.com.
In March 1999, PRo organised its first conference, the Global Gypsum Conference in Bangkok. The company has since organised over 50 conferences and exhibitions, attracting up to 450 visitors each, in Aachen, Ankara, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Cancun, Dresden, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Hanoi, Helsinki, Istanbul, Jeddah, Krakow, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, London, Miami, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Paris, Prague, Puerto Rico, Riga, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, San Francisco, Shanghai, Strasbourg, Sydney, Tehran, Toronto, Vienna and Washington DC. PRo’s niche events are recognised as offering an excellent concentration of specialised information and relevant contacts to delegates and a strong return on investment for exhibitors.
In 2000 PRo combined its regional cement magazines and Global Lime magazine into what became in 2006 Global Cement Magazine and added coverage of alternative fuels and raw materials (including slag) to all issues of the magazine starting in 2008. Starting in 2004, PRo was one of the first companies in the world to offer its magazines for free digital download to registered users: This was recognised in 2007 with the presentation to PRo of the Periodical Publishers Association’s ‘Most innovative route to market’ award.
Global Gypsum Magazine continues to be the leader in its industry sector and has added additional relevant readers with the incorporation of coverage of insulation starting in 2011. The gypsum and insulation conferences continue to grow in size and popularity.
Following extensive development and investment over the last few years, PRo’s websites are now recognised as being among the best in their respective industries, offering news, archives and industry information. The web sites are augmented by both the Global Cement Weekly and Global Gypsum Monthly digital-only free newsletters to forge an even closer relationship with customers. PRo also manages a number of popular Linked In industry groups.
2013 will see continuing evolution for PRo’s business-to-business sector. In 2012 Global Cement launched two new events: Global CemTrader and Global CemPower conferences. In 2013, CemTrader will expand to cover cement and clinker trade while continuing to look at SCMs and conventional fuels; CemPower will continue to focus on waste heat recovery, and will also include electrical energy efficiency and ‘conventional’ captive power generation. We continue to innovate!
Whatever your business, we look forward to helping you achieve your aims in 2013 and beyond.