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    Manufacturing

    Are we losing our greatest resource?

    • By Editor
    • November 21, 2020
    • 2 minute read

    We know Covid has accelerated industrial change, but with a challenging economic landscape and the furlough lifeline ending, painful redundancies are increasingly plentiful. Some businesses are removing ‘dead wood’ whereas some ageing employees are stepping quietly into retirement. But be very aware that you are not ‘throwing out the baby with the bathwater’.

    In the industrial publishing world, November marks the retirement of Roger Barber, the founder and longstanding editor of Engineering Subcontractor and also Andy Allcock, part of the Machinery fabric for 35 years. The industry owes a debt of gratitude to both for reporting on industry advancements for more than a generation. In a world of ‘press release publishing’, the loss of an industry journalist like Andy will be mourned by company owners that have been at the sharp end of his probing questions for decades. For Machinery and the wider industry to lose such a talented editor is unfortunate. But what can we learn?

    ‘Lest we forget’

    In the month of remembrance for our heroic fallen ancestors, we can also be mindful, respectful and above all cautious that in the modern era, we don’t dismiss our greatest resource, people. This is especially prevalent with the furlough ‘cliff edge’ and the potential loss of staff with decades of experience. There are some things that technology cannot replace! Learning and growing as individuals is a lifelong journey, and we must learn from the engineers that travelled the path before us. Passing skills to the next generation is a responsibility we should all take.

    In the final issue of what has been a challenging year, we have included a ‘UK Manufacturing Review’. Much of this issue highlights how companies with the foresight (and the balls) to invest during significant headwinds are trailblazing the path to success. This is emphasised with our behind the scenes look at how the Great British Cosworth brand has powered through change during 2020. But its not just household brands like Cosworth; subcontractors like Formagrind, Wykes, Williams Aerospace and countless others are taking investment strides to secure their businesses for years to come. You’ll also notice our cover story on Red Bull and how Hexagon measurement technology gets F1 cars to the racetrack faster. As for Andy, Roger and everyone else reaching for the gardening tools or golf clubs, kick-back in your slippers and enjoy another great issue.

    https://cdn.mtdcnc.global/cnc/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/10143650/08-09-LR_DEF_90_20MY_Off-Road_100919_01-640x360.jpg

    Are we losing our greatest resource?

    We know Covid has accelerated industrial change, but with a challenging economic landscape and the furlough lifeline ending, painful redundancies are increasingly plentiful. Some businesses are removing ‘dead wood’ whereas some ageing employees are stepping quietly into retirement. But be very aware that you are not ‘throwing out the baby with the bathwater’.

    In the industrial publishing world, November marks the retirement of Roger Barber, the founder and longstanding editor of Engineering Subcontractor and also Andy Allcock, part of the Machinery fabric for 35 years. The industry owes a debt of gratitude to both for reporting on industry advancements for more than a generation. In a world of ‘press release publishing’, the loss of an industry journalist like Andy will be mourned by company owners that have been at the sharp end of his probing questions for decades. For Machinery and the wider industry to lose such a talented editor is unfortunate. But what can we learn?

    ‘Lest we forget’

    In the month of remembrance for our heroic fallen ancestors, we can also be mindful, respectful and above all cautious that in the modern era, we don’t dismiss our greatest resource, people. This is especially prevalent with the furlough ‘cliff edge’ and the potential loss of staff with decades of experience. There are some things that technology cannot replace! Learning and growing as individuals is a lifelong journey, and we must learn from the engineers that travelled the path before us. Passing skills to the next generation is a responsibility we should all take.

    In the final issue of what has been a challenging year, we have included a ‘UK Manufacturing Review’. Much of this issue highlights how companies with the foresight (and the balls) to invest during significant headwinds are trailblazing the path to success. This is emphasised with our behind the scenes look at how the Great British Cosworth brand has powered through change during 2020. But its not just household brands like Cosworth; subcontractors like Formagrind, Wykes, Williams Aerospace and countless others are taking investment strides to secure their businesses for years to come. You’ll also notice our cover story on Red Bull and how Hexagon measurement technology gets F1 cars to the racetrack faster. As for Andy, Roger and everyone else reaching for the gardening tools or golf clubs, kick-back in your slippers and enjoy another great issue.