Dire warnings about China voiced at GAMBICA conference are echoed in Japan and Germany
Jun 01 2022
Author: Jacqueline Balian on behalf of Gambica Trade Association
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Star speaker, Anand Menon, focussed on the current and future impacts of Brexit on trade, and political commentator, John Arnold, offered a chilling prediction. Drawing conclusions from the speed and severity of the impact of sanctions on those trading with Russia, he directed the thoughts of delegates to China.
“High level commentators in China have repeatedly referred to Taiwan as belonging to China. Within the next ten years I believe China will take Taiwan by military means.
“It is very unlikely that we will start firing missiles at China but in this scenario it is inevitable that we will impose sanctions. As we have seen from Russia, sanctions will have a major impact on anyone exporting to China, and possibly a greater impact still on anyone importing from China.
John went on to explain that the UK Government has serious concerns about the extent to which China has infiltrated UK economic life. “The era of globalisation is about to come to an end” he predicted.
The increasing tensions with China were also raised at a recent meeting of the lab industry associations from Europe, Japan and the US.
The Chairman of German industry body, Spectaris, admitted: “There is now talk in Germany about trying to become independent from China because in the long-term we see some problems because of the likely war followed by sanctions which would have a very serious impact on all our economies.
He went on to suggest that in Germany, the view is that Russia will emerge from the current war in Ukraine as a “third world” country.
But there is opportunity in sustainability
Two of the best-received presentations at the GAMBICA Lab Conference were on sustainability. Alan Rance, whose company, Midas Pattern, makes enclosures for chromatography equipment, explained how by just taking the obvious steps he had moved his company to net zero carbon emissions and improved its bottom line significantly.
Martin Farley, who developed the laboratory efficiency assessment framework (LEAF) to promote lab sustainability, highlighted some of the great work already being done by labs in terms of their buildings, their equipment purchasing and their operational use. As well as providing a standard by which labs can be judged, LEAF focuses on areas such as ventilation, equipment, procurement and waste, samples and chemicals and research quality.
马丁呼吁采购商集中订购和物流，标准化招标规范，组织和管理新流程，以提供可持续发展优势。他还着重介绍了GAMBICA成员的实验室产品，包括从GS生物技术公司(GS Biotech)购买的Grenova尖端洗衣机，并强调了Starlab和Fisher Scientific正在进行的实验室塑料回收计划的工作。
The future of lab instruments
Waters have joined with other prominent GAMBICA members Shimadzu, Agilent, and Thermo Fisher to develop a standard interface for chromatography and spectrometry equipment.
“Today’s chromatography equipment,” said Matt Wherry of Waters speaking at the GAMBICA conference, “uses a patchwork of older interfaces to communicate with data systems. These interfaces were not designed for the modern era and modern IT infrastructure and require too much coordination among vendors leading to delays in instrument support. The situation is dissatisfying for all and if vendors weren’t busy working on integration, we could be solving ‘real’ customer problems.
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