Category Archives: Business

Steel Report: Lecture by New Tata Steel Strip UK Director, Stuart Wilkie (Part 1)

The Newport & District Metallurgical Society held its AGM and new Presidential address last night (24th Sep 2015) at Cardiff University. Stuart Wilkie has held many posts in Tata Steel, the last one of which was a short stint as … Continue reading

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GDP : Key Performance Indicator ?

GDP: Key Performance Indicator One of the most influential indicators within most country’s suite of economic indictors is Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or more particularly it’s annual rate of change, ‘growth’. GDP itself was essentially invented to act as a … Continue reading

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Thoughts On The Nature of Value

Thoughts On the Nature of Value After hearing the word “value” banded about and wanted to capture some of my personal thoughts on the nature of value, primarily in the context of the business-like organisation, but with reference to a wider … Continue reading

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Meeting the Mittelstand – Watch this space

I visited the ‘Meet the Mittelstand’ event last week, which brought togther a good sample of Germany’s economic powerhouse – the ‘Mittelstand’ .- in one place  It was excellently organised by Stirling Media Ltd (run by Will Stirling, recently ex-directing editor of The Manufacturer Magazine) along with government … Continue reading

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Term & Short Termism

Prompted by the sale of several apparently successful UK engineering and manufacturing firms this year e.g. Invensys to Schneider Electric in August,  I feel that this grow-and-sell behaviour is reinforced, if not driven, by the short-term mindset, still common in British commercial culture and finance. It … Continue reading

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Letter from Bavaria (1)

Updated 22nd Jan 2013 Guten Morgen, I’m reminded that the German general election is just around the corner (in September or October 2013), with Sunday’s Niedersachsen vote going right down to the wire: the SDP/Grüne vote of 46.3% edging out … Continue reading

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Lean Starts at Home …

Lean Home ? Right. I’ve identified my customers (children, wife, cat), established value from the customer’s point-of-view using a customer survey (an impressive 66% postal feedback), drawn some value stream maps, identified waste, bottlenecks and opportunities for value creation, then 5S’d the clothes, SMED’d the … Continue reading

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