The news regarding the atrocious attacks in Tunisia will undoubtedly have left most people shocked, reeling and appalled last month, with many looking at life’s perspectives and evaluating their safety, not just at work but in every day life. It has been a stark, sobering time. By comparison, the legacy left by 106 year old Sir Nicholas Winton, cannot and should not be ignored and brought fortitude and character to mind when looking at struggles against adversity.
Winton was a towering figure of strength amid total mayhem, cutting through bureaucracy like a maverick and perhaps gives us pause for thought about what we allow leaders to do in our name. Adapting our lives to a certain degree by introducing new safety measures, large or small, will undoubtedly become a priority for many, whether we like it or not.
For this industry, underpinning safety is a precedent that now, more than ever, is coming into the spotlight.
The GGF’s attendance at the Counter Terror exhibition in June reflects on how our world is changing and what we are being forced to consider. The Chairman’s seminar on technological advances in glass manufacturing to be more resistant to attacks from ballistics and explosives was very well received. Certainly, it will be interesting to learn more about the RFI (Radio Frequency Interference), being produced in glass as an anti-terrorism measure regarding electronic communications.
With safety in mind, this month also, Window Ware reminds us of the importance placed on this, with legislative changes due to be introduced in October this year via Document Q.
As focus is placed on getting building projects legally in-line with new industry standards, the company reminds us about the significance of getting it right with failure to comply, leading to potential legal action, fines and closure.
The ‘Grexit’ and the Greek people’s resounding ‘no vote’ has caused shockwaves across every industry sector for the last few months. The ‘will they – won’t they’ debate and the ramifications of such a move, reinforces the fragility of the foundations across the EU.
Greece’s financial crisis is not actually exceptional, particularly when you look back at the eurocrisis in 2009/2010 where Italy and Spain too, were teetering. Whichever political persuasion is considered, rough times lie ahead for Greece and the EU and its future path will no doubt have a wider impact on EU developments and business. The current austere economy reinforces how much needs to be re-examined by EU member states, with solutions needed to be put in place that look at the threat of deflation and finding ways forward for growth.
Some positive European news has come through however, from Guardian Europe, which is moving to a new HQ in Luxembourg. The company has made the move with a view to bolstering growth and committing to a European business platform that will harness innovation and positive results.
Innovation and commitment to excellence has been well rewarded recently with a number of key manufacturers gaining recognition through business award nominations and accolades. One of the most notable success stories comes from Edgetech UK, which has won two awards in the space of just five weeks. The latest reflects the company’s dedication to innovation and manufacturing excellence which is highlighted in this edition.
Keeping on with the theme of safety and positive events, we thought we would close on the lighter side of things. When we first read about the man in Canada who was arrested for making mischief, after he attempted to fly through the air on a chair held up only by 100 helium-filled balloons, we thought it was a novel way to market his cleaning solution business. Indeed, had it not been for the health and safety implications, it could have been a potential new challenge for the industry, but then realised, it would just be seen as a lot of hot air
Article written by Helen Duval