Comment: Engineering F.C.03 June 2019

Anyone that caught the second leg Liverpool-Barcelona game last month will know how special it was. Magic was in the air at Anfield as Liverpool, 3-0 down from its first leg, won 4-0 (4-3 on aggregate) and progressed to the Champions League final.

Messi – the ‘world’s best’ and arguably the face of Barcelona – could not make a dent in game. Liverpool, meanwhile, held its own, working as a team to overcome what most people said was impossible.

No, I’m not a Liverpool supporter (up the Millwall!), but the game showed something that everyone in industry can and should be thinking about – teamwork and support.

The sector is, in some way or another, always being warned about the challenges it faces, whether political, financial, environmental, or related to labour or health and safety. Indeed, Liverpool showed that by working as a unit, even the toughest challenges can be overcome. This message can be applied to industry. That is why it has been pleasing to see, especially in recent months, different companies, of different sizes, partnering up to improve the future of industry or being more open and willing to provide help to others.

Some of the news stories in this issue are a good example: HP and Siemens have announced an expansion of their strategic alliance to help transform businesses with industrial additive manufacturing, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Schaeffler Technologies have announced a global strategic partnership to support companies with measures within the framework of digital transformation ( OE’s feature on the Advanced Multiphase Facility in May is another example (

People are better when they work together. Wear the engineering badge with pride, get out there, and dominate industry, together.

Adam Offord

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