Driv­ing In­no­va­tion

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There are few more rep­utable names in global au­to­mo­tive cir­cles than that of UK mo­tor­sport leg­end, Wil­liams.

A re­spected and much-loved main­stay of the F1 world over the decades, the Com­pany’s legacy as a hum­ble, yet ex­tremely suc­cess­ful, man­u­fac­turer and com­peti­tor is un­doubted. And in re­cent years, the brand has lever­aged such ac­claim across its be­spoke Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing op­er­a­tions, which not only cater for F1 re­quire­ments but con­tinue to ap­ply ground­break­ing en­gi­neer­ing in­no­va­tions across com­ple­ment­ing ar­eas of mo­tor­sport, au­to­mo­tive, avi­a­tion, de­fence, health­care and much, much more.

It was my plea­sure to meet Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Craig Wilson for this month’s edi­tion of EME Out­look, as he shared his own feel­ings on the Wil­liams legacy, on the en­gi­neer­ing di­vi­sion’s di­ver­si­fy­ing re­mit and port­fo­lio, and on the key trend of ef­fi­ciency that is driv­ing re­cent in­no­va­tions.

“The big driv­ers all re­volve around sus­tain­abil­ity and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, so this in­cludes ar­eas of lightweigh­t­ing, aero­dy­nam­ics, ther­mo­dy­nam­ics, and bat­tery devel­op­ment; more often than not in­cor­po­rated into the EV (elec­tric ve­hi­cle) sec­tor,” Wilson ex­plained in an hour-long in­ter­view at the Com­pany’s head­quar­ters in Ox­ford­shire, UK. “These ca­pa­bil­i­ties are all borne out of our core busi­ness and are in­creas­ingly sig­nif­i­cant if you look at any area of trans­porta­tion just now. It’s the way the in­dus­try is head­ing and I would say it gives us quite a good edge in the mar­ket.”

Ef­fi­ciency is a key theme through­out our March edi­tion, and we get right to the heart of the sub­ject via an ex­ten­sive fo­cus on the util­i­ties sec­tor.

Our Jan­uary pub­li­ca­tion was headed by Flan­ders-based fa­cil­i­ta­tor, De Water­groep, and we hung around in the sec­tor and in­deed the re­gion this month to gain fur­ther in­sight from wa­ter-link; be­fore mov­ing south to an­a­lyse So­ci­ete Wallone des Eaux (SWDE)’S mis­sion to en­sure top-class wa­ter pro­vi­sion in Bel­gium.

Round­ing up the is­sue, CBRE Façade Con­sul­tancy main­tains an Out­look Pub­lish­ing- wide em­pha­sis on façade en­gi­neer­ing at present; Phoebe Calver takes a stroll through the cen­turies in ex­plor­ing Athens’ busi­ness travel acu­men; and our front of book seg­ment pays homage to Au­drey-laure Ber­gen­thal, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Eu­veka, and de­signer of the first French smart man­nequin dummy, in recog­ni­tion of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day. En­joy the is­sue!

Matthew Staff Ed­i­to­rial Di­rec­tor, Out­look Pub­lish­ing

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