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Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Re-birth of manufacturing (Times column)

Well, well, the economists and journo's are finally discovering what anybody employed in manufacturing has always known - you can't have an economy that only has financial/service/knowledge jobs.
Something the Germans have known for a long time - they still have four of the world's top car companies, they make the machine tools that the Chinese use to make all our consumer goods and they make all the infrastructure components we stopped making a long time ago (trains, railway track) that are flowing into booming Chinese cities - Shanghai Underground system - built completely by German companies.

A re-birth is not possible, the baby was comprehensively strangled a long time ago and we can't catch up with Germany now.

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