Britain's productivity: still a puzzle for policymakers and industry leaders

An airbag firm in Bury is a source of envy for others and the kind of success the government is desperate to see more of

In a modern mill in a small industrial estate in the textile town of Bury, Lancashire, more than 100 whirring machines roll out 11m metres of high strength fabric every year. When parts of the plant were built in the mid-19th century there would have been 4,000 workers at its rows of looms today, machines are still weaving, but the workforce is just over 100.

The specialist cloth for Milliken European Airbag Products can be found in most big car brands, but as the plant's vice-president Graham Swann likes to say: "Hopefully you will never see one of our products."

via Business Feeds

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