All together now...

24 October 2022

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The world continues to be a worrying place. Climate change, the cost of living crisis, supply chain disruption, war in Ukraine, and rising gas prices all underpin an uncertain future. As if all that wasn't enough now Queen Elizabeth II has died.

One thing that struck me whilst watching the crowds that flocked to London to pay their respects to the late Queen was how integral to identity mass gatherings can be. Not only that, but the strength that can be found from unity.

These two themes, 'identity' and 'strength through unity', feature in this issue, too.

On page 51 Ton Klijn, director of ESTA – the European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes, outlines why the need for cooperation across Europe has never been greater.

"It is clear that for any of us to change our industry for the better we have to influence not just our colleagues but the industry's clients, our political leaders, and our regulators," he urges. "In Europe, together we are stronger."

The second manifestation of identity and unity can be found in our Bauma preview.

"Exhibitors and visitors are really looking forward to having face-to-face discussions and to experiencing the special atmosphere that only Bauma can create,” says Klaus Dittrich, chairman and CEO of show organiser Messe München.

It's this human need for face-to-face contact, no matter what the institution, association or industry, that remains a reassuring constant set against the turbulence of ever-changing times.

Christian Shelton, Editor