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Manufacturing in a Knowledge- Based Economy

Tuesday, 02 December 2008
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London

The traditional divide between manufacturing and services is breaking down rapidly. In a knowledge- based economy, manufacturing firms increasingly derive much of their value added from the integration of services into the production process.

The focus was on:

  • How the manufacturing workforce has changed
  • Why manufacturing firms have invested in intangibles
  • Whether knowledge and technology- based manufacturing help the economy rebalance away from over-dependence on financial services.  

Speakers included:

Mike TerrettChief Operating Officer, Rolls-Royce

Vicky Pryce,Chief Economic Adviser, BERR

Martin Temple, Director General, EEF

Ian Brinkley, Programme Director, The Work Foundation


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