When a designer as successful as James Dyson talks about engineering and manufacturing as one of the cornerstones of innovation I tend to listen:
… Mr. Dyson is an adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron on how to accelerate Britainâ€™s development of new technology and build up its manufacturing and export prowess.
Prominent business leaders in America have recently pointed to the same issue â€” that modern manufacturing, and the scientific and engineering skills that make it possible, are a crucial pillar of a healthy economy. The two most notable and outspoken on this subject have beenÂ Andrew S. Grove, the former chairman of Intel, andÂ Jeffrey R. Immelt, chief executive of General Electric.Relying on services alone and neglecting manufacturing, they say, is short-sighted and pushes good jobs abroad.
Dyson’s Ingenious Britain, linked in the article, is also an insightful read.
Read the full article at NYT.com: How to Make an Engineering Culture
As always, comments are welcome in the discussion forum.