What’s the feeling about 2018?Published 18/12, 2017 at 15:55
It is that time of year again when we start to look ahead to the next 12 months, and I wonder how businesses across the world are feeling, as we head into 2018?
There is still a huge amount of political and economic uncertainty across Europe and America and while that never helps business, I do not think it has affected our company yet, but we are keeping a close eye on events as we want to be prepared.
The situation with Brexit, which continues to dominate the news in the UK and across Europe, I imagine, is still far from clear, but I am sure businesses will find a way to trade and deal with one another whatever the outcome.
I think what is important at this time is for companies in our sector to stick together and the Association is a great way of doing that. We can all get bogged down in the day-to-day running of our businesses, but we also need to look outwardly, to make sure we are up-to-date with the relevant information and know what any of the potential issues might be.
It is during times of uncertainty when it is most important to make use of the people and organisations that you can turn to for information and support. I believe now, more than ever before, the International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers is relevant to all of our businesses and it has never been easier than it is now to approach and find out what is going on and how it can help you.
The Facebook group is proving to be a very popular way to communicate and the newsletter now reaches more than 2,000 individuals.
But the key point to make is that this is your association and, therefore, we need to hear from you about what we are getting right, what we are getting wrong and what more it could do for you.
The concrete drilling and sawing industry has seen many changes over the years, from technology to the tools we use and from how we access information on a job through to how we manage relationships with our customers. That is the same for all sectors, I have no doubt, but it is vital that we all move together with the times, so that businesses do not get left behind.
An issue that does not always get discussed is the rental of concrete drilling and sawing machinery, which causes tension between the professionals who are involved in our sector and the ad-hoc users who rent the machinery. This is an issue that the IACDS can help to address and I would definitely like further discussion on this in 2018.
Should we look at the possibility of, as we see in other industries, a worldwide professional card that would cover professionals in the concrete and drilling sawing industry at a global level? It would not prevent part-time use of the equipment, but it would certainly change the vision of the work that our people undertake right around the world.
I know this would be a long-term project and we would need to find a way to make this work for all of the associations around the world who currently operate different systems. On all of these matters, I never pretend to have all of the solutions or the answers, but after having initial conversations with colleagues around the world I know that this is something that many of us would like to see addressed.
If you have any more burning topics you want the IACDS to raise or to discuss, then please feel free to get in touch with me at the email address at the end of this column. I hope you all have a fantastic WOC 2018 in Las Vegas and then I will see everyone at the CSDA convention in Maui, Hawaii in March; we do get to some amazing places!
Finally, I am very much looking forward to seeing you all at the IACDS Annual Convention, which this year returns to Japan and its capital city Tokyo for the first time after 18 years. The event, which is running from 21 to 23 May, is a fantastic opportunity to combine work and fun in a wonderful city with all of our colleagues, friends and contacts from all over the world. It will also be great to hear from the Japanese Association on how the drilling and sawing industry is working over there and I have absolutely no doubt that they will be wonderful hosts.
I will, no doubt, see many of you before then, but if not be sure to come and say “Kon'nichiwa” when I see you in Tokyo.
If you want to drop me a line on any topic relating to your business and the IACDS, I am available at email@example.com or find out more at www.d-drill.co.uk
Julie White, President of IACDS