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View from the Mill - November 2010 Archive

Born to be global?

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Posted 25th Nov 2010 by Chris in born global, innovation, rob law, rhydian pountney, trunki, exports, international business

Conventional business wisdom states that companies should first establish themselves in their home markets before venturing into export markets, yet many organisations are ‘Born Global’, achieving international sales from a very early stage in their development.

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Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me

Mill Building
Posted 18th Nov 2010 by Chris in blogs, engineering, manufacturing, formula 1, football, branding, lamborghini, printing, process control

Tomorrow (20th November) is the first birthday of the ‘View from the Mill’ blog. During that time we’ve created over 80 posts, dealing with topics as diverse as ancient pyramids, weddings, NASA, dentistry, art restoration, engine manufacture, process control, holiday travel, brewing, commodes, medical engineering, Apollo 13, apprenticeships, Robert Burns and hamsters! 

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Sorry Fernando, Mark, Sebastian and Lewis – the star really is the car

F1 Red bull
Posted 12th Nov 2010 by Chris in tool setters, touch probes, engineering, apprenticeships, formula one, ross brawn, red bull f1, michael schumacher

Ross Brawn is something of a legend in the world of Formula One, from helping Michael Schumacher win multiple Driver’s titles at Benetton and Ferrari, to winning both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles in the first year of existence of his own team Brawn GP (now Mercedes GLP Petronas).

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Sweet smell of success for new engineering fellow

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Posted 5th Nov 2010 by Chris in imeche, engineering, manufacturing, skunk works, r&d, lockheed martin, nick weston

Many businesses have their own ‘skunk works’, typically a group of individuals who work on long-term advanced or secret projects, and well away from day-to-day operational concerns. The term originated at the Lockeed Martin Corporation in the 1940s, where they set up a special projects facility to meet the urgent requirement of the US Army Air Force to develop a jet fighter based around the British Goblin jet engine – the XP-80 project became the prototype for the P-80 Shooting Star.

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