Progression is a term used in mathematics, music, astrology and semantics, but the element common to all of these fields is that the act of progressing symbolizes forward or onward movement. There is no taking a step back. Progression stands for a swing in forward-thinking development. Change is therefore part of the process. Whether in terms of the economy, technology or construction markets, progression is fast. Digitalization of working tools and processes plus new innovations in technical sectors is a driving development forward at a rapid pace.

For instance, there are one billion registered passenger vehicles on the road today. As more vehicles are produced with a concomitant rise in energy consumption and CO2 emissions, consumers and govern­ment regulators alike are demanding greater fuel economy. But while a few grams of CO2 or a little material or energy saved by shaving several kilograms off one vehicle’s weight may seem modest, the results are significant over the millions of new cars manufactured every year. Indeed, in automotive markets we are witnessing a long-coming trend in vehicle lightweighting.


Building infrastructure also serves to develop a region. The terminal of the Port of Leixões in Portugal was built specifically for cruise ships conceived with the purpose of re-launching and boosting local tourism and developing the urban character of the location.


When it comes to progress, energy is also a much discussed topic. The first wind farm in South Africa is now one of the largest in the whole country. Located 100 km northwest of Cape Town, it can produce enough power every year to cover the demand from around 200,000 South African homes.