Articles by Nick Peters

US manufacturing success: the big lie?

Manufacturing Production Line Stock Image
Posted on 8 May 2018 by Nick Peters
Donald Trump was derided during the 2016 US presidential election for saying globalisation, and specifically China, had destroyed US manufacturing. The experts said he was wildly wrong, that the sector was in good health and that ‘Make America Great Again’ was populist nonsense.

How Midlands gun makers drove the Industrial Revolution

Antique Flintlock Pistol – image courtesy of Depositphotos
Posted on 16 Apr 2018 by Nick Peters
It was President Dwight Eisenhower who coined the phrase "the military-industrial complex" to warn against the nexus of military and industrial power that could sway public policy towards its own ends. A new book suggests that far from being a post-WW2 phenomenon, as history has suggested, it has been around for two centuries.

GKN loses the fight. Melrose wins: what next?

A Melrose statement after their vistory did nothing to ally fears that a break-up is on the cards - image courtesy of GKN.
Posted on 29 Mar 2018 by Nick Peters
The Manufacturer argued against the Melrose bid. We supported the company - and the Unite union - in their objection to the takeover, on the grounds that a break up of the venerable company would be a terrible mistake for the UK - and for the workforce.