| Article appears in February 2021 Issue

Big Hope Amid changes in the Manufacturing sector

Annamarie Reyes

As if we are not being tested enough already, our Covid normal now asks us to get used to intermittent lockdowns on our state borders.

Early this year we witnessed in WA how mid-flight passengers were made aware of a snap lockdown after a single case of Covid-19 was sourced to a quarantine worker in Perth. 

Which, needless to say, has created a sense of reluctance for business travellers to take off quickly out of fear they may be held up in quarantine for two weeks or locked out of their own state upon return.

But business owners and operators do need to travel.  So could it be possible that each state deal with similar cases on a case-by-case basis. And not close down the whole city whenever new cases emerge.

I do remember in late November 2020 other states pointing the blame finger at NSW for keeping borders open, as the state dealt with cluster spread in the Southwest and Northern Beaches areas of Sydney. 

The other states like Queensland and Victoria kept strict border restrictions at the time and NSW remained on cruise control focusing on spread prevention rather than extreme reactions.

But with patience, diligence and resilience the state did eventually contain the spread.

Around about the same time, with relief, Australia’s health experts supported the mandatory practise of wearing masks in public transport in NSW in a bid to keep the virus cases down. And the strategy worked because for over a month now NSW has kept its cases down, experiencing zero new cases in some of these days.

So the point I’m making is this – if there’s a will there is a way. That is, we can contain the virus, and knee-jerk responses can often be more destructive than constructive for business in the end.

Certainly, the manufacturing sector had been doing exactly that, albeit quietly.  This issue of Industry Update magazine will showcase the factory of the future, revolutionising supply chains and measuring digitisation capacity of your operations. And yes even among sectors such as materials handling.

Physicist Albert Einstein was famous for his views for rejecting the distinction between past, present and future.

He said that while most people think of time as a constant, it is actually that “time can vary for different observers depending on your speed” through it.

So why not adapt to Einstein’s theory for now. Covid life is just part of change and how we humans interact with our lives, work, doing business and our natural environment. 

Have faith. By working together, we can make this time of human history become part as catalyst for change and we will soon emerge anew.



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