Thursday, March 29, 2007

Samizdata points out that, whilst we Brits don't make many great cars any more, there are some things that we are good at.
Many of the world's top Formula 1 racing teams are based in Britain, like MacLaren in Surrey. And as this article demonstrates, while it may be cheaper to make cars in China or Brazil or Poland, many of the hottest car designers are still British. In the information economy, the value-added areas of design are what count, and it turns out that Britain is rather good at it.

I always think that it is worth pointing out that the man whose inspired design and elegantly engineered enclosures without doubt helped save Apple Computer, back in 1998, is also a Brit—Jonathan Ive CBE.

3 comments:

Jackart said...

We've got more car companies extant in the UK than any other country. OK they might not be volume but look at the idiosyncratic lunacy of the list: Caterham, Atom, Noble, Marlin, Morgan, TVR, Aston Martin.

Apple shares are doin' OK!

Chuck Unsworth said...

Well we may have the foremost designers, but sadly we don't make things any more.

One designer would have been sufficient to keep hundreds of people in work. Now our designers keep people from other countries in work whilst our own people sell McDonalds and KFC and insurances to each other - if they're working at all, that is.

chris said...

Britian currently makes as many cars than it ever did, it is just the companies that make them are all run from countries other than this one.

The british economy is what it has been for centuries (other than the short period where the socialists tried to command the waves to retreat, with predictably disastrous consequences). It is the most advanced in the world. We where the first to have an agricultural revolution, the first to have an industrial revolution and long centre of it. Now as the world globalizes and boutiquet manufacturing starts to displace mass manufacturing we are at the forefront of that as well.