Manufacturing in the backyard garage changes things
Posted by Bert Maes on March 29, 2011
What is happening in your backyard? There is probably someone in his or her garage making money transforming metal or aluminium into new products using his or her advanced skills and cutting edge technology.
These people in their small manufacturing businesses, often micro-factories occupying just a few square meters of floor space – probably working almost next to your home – are the driving force of your wealth and your quality of life. Economic growth is generated locally, not by nations. The source of prosperity is always local! And that wealth always involves manufacturing.
So the small manufacturing companies are not solely there to make money for themselves; they are playing a bigger role.
And I see that students are becoming very aware of that. Andrew Reynolds Smith of GKN told the audience at the recent Rebuilding UK Manufacturing Summit that young people want to go into manufacturing, because it is their best chance of changing things.
How can that be encouraged further?
We urgently need to build a strong educational system… That is our weakness. Manufacturing education IS economic development.