A Long Time in Making

A Long Time in Making

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Based on company records and interviews, this book charts the history of Smiths Group from its beginnings in the Victorian jewellery trade through market presences in the twentieth century motor accessory, clock, and watch industries, to its current standing as a global technology company and part of the UK FTSE 100 index. It explores the reasons for its survival and adaptability, and offers a counter-narrative to the 'declinist' account of British post-warindustry. The company history represents a story of transition from family-owned business, through paternalistic management to its modern shareholder-driven structure.They also gave each member a gold wrist watch. ... commissioning in 1958 of the Comet IV airliner, which was to have a thirty-year life, populated with Smiths instruments, and its automatic pilot. ... It was good publicity to have De Luxe watches taken up Everest and to the South Pole, but these were all manual-wind models.

Title:A Long Time in Making
Author:James Nye
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2014-10-02


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