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Manjo69 Post time: 2011-12-29 03:06
Examples of "made in britain?"
Glaxo Smith Kline (pharmaceuticals);
BAE Systems (avionics, armaments ...
On the contrary they are all headquartered in the UK and have significant R&D generated here - I think JCB is actually family owned, though its largest manufacturing hub is in India. However, I agree; like the majority of recognizable firms (from any nation) they are largely global in nature - but that isn't a particularly British phenomena. For example Nissan, Honda etc.... are not British firms but both have made rather large manufacturing investments in the UK!
Regarding the companies i listed... Bae has made massive investment in and take overs of US defense companies to the point that more than 50% of its activity is in the US, but its still a British company - legally it cant be anything other than a British company. Glaxo has 2 major R&D centers in the UK as well as its headquarters, RR Aero engines (not the small car company owned by BMW), is the second biggest producer of jet engines in the world, is headquartered in the UK and has recently established 7 advanced research centers, all but two of which are in the UK, one in Virginia and one in Singapore.
There are other companies ARM - designs the chips in most mobile phones, most tablet computers etc... AstraZeneca, Uniliver (Anglo-dutch), Shell (the same), BP (blush) Vodophone etc.... but anyhew the point is the UK is hardly a sinking windermere boat (nor a Titanic) any more than for example... India is a rusty, clapped out old steam train, overloaded with passengers, that's built up a bit too much speed as it plummets brake-less towards a mangled broken old bridge.