– To say that 2020 has been an odd year for SFI Manufacturing must be the most cliché term used in the Corona-period. However, 2020 has been a challenging and different year for our centre and the partners of the centre.
Knowledge and skills are resources that we rely on when we meet extraordinary situations. All the involved partners in SFI Manufacturing have utilised this during 2020. Some have experienced a total marked collapse for their product, while others have experienced considerable marked increase. In common, all have had to deal with the challenging situation to maintain a safe work environment within changing regulations and advises, and regional differences. All this have required use of cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills. Perhaps the very cross-disciplinary nature of manufacturing has been an extra asset for us during this situation?
The academic partners have also faced a challenging situation with limited access to laboratory facilities, a volatile market and the challenging organisational issues regarding infection control at work facilities. In particular, I will use the opportunity to express my recognition of the work of PhD and post doc candidates that have been able to maintain progress in their work and develop new knowledge within manufacturing.
In these trying times, it is essential to use our resources within R&D to be well prepared for the opportunities that most likely will appear at the other end of this challenging period.
The workshop we had with ISAB in December gave us a perspective on our work from outside of the SFI. As well as receiving good reviews, the recommendations from ISAB emphasize our scope of further research.