Metric Views’ attention has been drawn to an article recently posted on the “Weekly Gripe”. This links the decline in the 1980′s of the UK’s engineering and manufacturing industries to their failure to embrace metrication in the decade before.
Some historians trace the onset of the decline of the British engineering industry to the Great Exhibition of 1851 (“High noon in Hyde Park”). Be that as it may, decline has accelerated in the last fifty years, with manufacturing industry’s contribution to UK output falling from 36% to 13% during that period. This coincided with a major move to metric around the world. Failure to recognise the threats and opportunities that this presented contributed to industry’s problems, but was the position really as bad as claimed by the contributor to the Weekly Gripe?
The link to the article is http://www.weeklygripe.co.uk/a486.asp
Comments from those with first-hand experience of the engineering and manufacturing industries in the 1980′s and 1990′s would be particularly welcome.