Editorially, Coal Age continues to provide a wealth of information with each edition and next year the magazine will celebrate its 100th year anniversary. The Coal Age editorial team will produce a retrospective and readers interested in participating in this historical piece should contact us.

To see what else Coal Age plans to cover in 2012, readers can visit the Mining Media International website (www.mining-media.com) and download the 2012 media kit. The media kit has the editorial plans for all of the Mining Media titles. If something piques your interest and your coal company is doing something noteworthy in that area, please contact me and we will consider working with the mine on a story. The calendar is a mere guideline and Coal Age will always cover other important stories as they develop.

Click on the Coal Age tab (www.coalage.com) and past visitors will notice that Mining Media has made some improvements. Digital editions of the magazines are available under the Magazine tab. For readers that can’t wait for third class mail from the U.S. Postal Service, this might be a valuable option to get an early glimpse of the magazine. Also under the magazine tab, readers can subscribe free of charge to the Coal Age eNewsletter. Each week as the website is populated with news stories, Mining Media e-mails the Coal Age eNews (html and text versions). It’s an inexpensive way to remain informed about what’s happening in the coal mining and coal preparation business. Readers can also update subscriber information as well. Look for Coal Age to build on digital initiatives and social media in the next year.

In addition to the Coal Age website, Mining Media also maintains the World Mining Equipment (www.wme.com) website, which is an interactive buyers guide. The next time the mine is considering a purchase, give it a try. At last count, more than 3,000 companies that serve the mining and mineral processing sector were listed along with their respective products. The site continues to snowball.

This year, Mining Media hosted four technical conferences: Haulage & Loading, Longwall USA, Mineral Processing and Coal Handling & Storage. Haulage & Loading and Longwall USA are established events and both were highly successful. Coal Age helped organize the first Coal Handling & Storage conference, which took place in early November in St. Louis. Turn out for the event was great and many of those that attended found value in the presentations. The speakers were excellent and Coal Age will publish the presentations over the course of the next year.

Looking ahead to next year, many equipment manufacturers and service providers are already preparing the largest mining trade show, MINExpo, which takes place Sept. 24-26, 2012, in Las Vegas. If it’s anything like past experiences, the industry will see a steady stream of marketing rollouts that will build to a crescendo in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, readers can continue to rely on the Coal Age editorial team to provide the quality coverage they have come to expect over the years. If you like what you see or you see room for improvement, please feel free to drop me a note. Thank you. Enjoy this edition of Coal Age.