BURNSVILLE, MN — Cygnus Business Media, the parent company of Kitchen &?Bath Design News and several related trade magazines, has announced that SolidSurface magazine has changed its name to Surface Fabrication, and the Solid Surface International Expo has changed its name to the Surface Fabrication & Design Expo.

The name changes, the company said, are in response to demand from the evolving surface industry, and reflect the additional coverage and expanded focus that the publication and Expo have begun implementing over the past two years.

“The surface industry has grown more diversified, broadening the number of options available to fabricators in surface materials and the techniques for handling them,” said Expo Manager Pati Beaulieu. “We want to provide our readers and attendees with the resources they need to meet their customers’ demands and to stay ahead of their competition.”

Both the magazine and Expo will continue to work closely with the International Solid Surface Fabricators Association (ISSFA) to ensure that the needs of the solid surface industry are met, while providing these professionals with a resource for the latest information, products and technology, Cygnus officials said.

“Our commitment to the solid surface fabricator has never, and will never, change,” said Surface Fabrication publisher Joanna Duggan. “We have no plans to take away anything from the magazine or show. We will simply be providing more.”

Surface Fabrication’s name change will be effective Jan. 1, 2006 and is primarily a reflection of the addition of engineered stone to the magazine’s product coverage, Duggan said. As part of the magazine’s re-launch, Surface Fabrication will increase its frequency to eight times annually and will double its circulation to include more fabricators of engineered stone and stone products.

Surface Fabrication & Design Expo’s name change is effective immediately, Beaulieu said, adding that the Expo will work with an advisory council to create an educational program that will address different issues facing fabricators, designers, architects and specifiers.