Chris Parsons feels strongly about British manufacturing: below the surface there is much that's good, waiting to be freed by the right management.
Rearranging good ingredients so they total the sum of the parts has been the past two years' story at FujiFilm Electronic Imaging (FFEI), where Parsons is manufacturing director.
As Crosfield Electronics, the company was well respected for its hi-tech, world-beating pre-press film- and plate-setters, used in the worldwide graphic arts industry. But, for whatever reason, research excellence was never echoed by the business side. Run very much as a cost centre, first as Crosfield, then jointly by Fuji Photo Film Co and DuPont, from 1984 to last year the Peterborough site grew its order book to pounds 100 million - but never made a profit.