Sustainability, the new regulatory regime and lockdown, our feature on page 7 notes, are transforming approaches to pumping and flow systems in water management.
Environmental issues are no less likely now to be centre stage at industry-focused events than they are at a mainstream ecological conference. And if this centres more upon the efficiency and cost gains to be found for commercial businesses and utilities rather than the moral case for cleaning up industry, that need not matter.
The benefits, after all, will flow from either source to the good of all. It’s welcome thus to find Watson-Marlow’s expertise being harnessed to meet the challenges presented by plastics and their negative effect on water quality.
More so, to see this occur in the context of German government-funded research, given that country’s lengthy lead role in the expansion of 4.0 technologies and the Industrial Internet of Things in a European context.
The central role of pumping, valve and flow systems in the promotion of environmentally sound efficiencies is inestimable. It is essential for the health of the UK pumps sector that its work and products are harnessed to the fourth industrial era and those projects which will be at the pioneering edge of such developments.
Inevitably this means more cooperation internationally, at a time when the prevailing political and economic currents have flowed in the opposite direction. As noted elsewhere, ‘brand perception’ is a powerful influence upon the health of any industrial sector.
To be seen to be slow to adapt or irrelevant to changing times can seriously impair recruitment at a time when competition for new recruits is growing greatly. That would not benefit the pumps sector. And given its vital importance to promoting sustainability and general industrial efficiency, that is to the good of no one.