Alfred Herbert Ltd and the British Machine Tool Industry, 1887-1983

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - History - 352 pages
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At the beginning of the twentieth century Britain was amongst the world leaders in the production of machine tools, yet by the 1980s the industry was in terminal decline. Focusing on the example of Britain's largest machine tool maker, Alfred Herbert Ltd of Coventry, this study charts the wider fortunes of this vital part of the manufacturing sector. Taking a chronological approach, the book explores how, during the late nineteenth century, the industry developed a reputation for excellence throughout the world, before the challenges of two world wars necessitated drastic changes and reorganisations. Despite meeting these challenges and emerging with confidence into the post-war market place, the British machine tool industry never regained its pre-eminent position, and increasingly lost ground to foreign competition.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The British Machine Tool Industry 191418
38
Alfred Herbert and the British Machine Tool
71
The British Machine Tool Industry 193540
125
The Second World War and the British Machine Tool Industry
149
The British Machine Tool Industry 194560
174
Modernisation and the British Machine
206
Alfred Herbert 195070
246
The British Machine Tool Industry in the 19705
294
Appendix A
319
Foreign Imports of Machine Tools Produced by Alfred Herbert Ltd
325
Bibliography
332
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About the author (2006)

M. J. Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Business History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Roger Lloyd-Jones is Professor of Economic History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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