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View from the Mill - September 2010 Archive

Four seasons in two weeks

Renishaw's Chinese logo
Posted 30th Sep 2010 by Chris in manufacturing, engineering, china

Last week all of Renishaw’s senior managers from around the world gathered at our head office in Gloucestershire, UK, for the first time in over 4 years. It was a fantastically positive conference, boosted by our strong recent financial performance and the exciting new products either recently introduced or headed for a trade show near you shortly.

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It’s grim up North

Old Factory
Posted 20th Sep 2010 by Chris in manufacturing, engineering, machinery magazine, andy allcock, mta

I was informed the other day that there is a sector of the UK economy that accounts for over 50% of UK exports and some 2.8 million jobs and was thinking just how important this sector is and how popular it must be with the media and the nation at large to which it clearly contributes so much. Contrast this with the manufacturing sector within which Renishaw operates, which is always reported as being in terminal decline, and I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of envy – how good must it be to operate in the other golden sector – do they have any jobs going?

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Chicago – bring on the show

Scene from IMTS 2008
Posted 12th Sep 2010 by Chris in imts 2010, imts history, mccormick place, chicago, machine tool, co-ordinate measuring machine, productive process pyramid

In 1927 Cecil B. Demille produced a silent screen version of the play 'Chicago', which had been written a year earlier by Maurine Dallas Watkins, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune who covered the sensational 1924 murder trial of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner. The columns written by Watkins were so popular that she had decided to write a play based on the trial and Roxie Hart and Billy Flynn were ‘born’.

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Digging for Britain

Business Minister Mark Prisk with Chris Pockett & other exhibitors
Posted 8th Sep 2010 by Chris in government, vince cable, mark prisk, manufacturing, engineering, jcb, machine tool, mazak, touch probe

Back in June we posted an item about the new UK Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable (‘Cable ties himself to UK manufacturing’) in which we noted early positive signs that the new UK Government was putting its weight behind the manufacturing sector.

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