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Many 1980s icons of manufacturing excellence were forced to rethink their approach by the cold winds of competition that blew through British industry that decade. The electronics industry suffered particularly badly, and not a few former 'factories of the future' are now relegated to the second division. Not so Xerox's vast 3,000-employee Mitcheldean facility near Gloucester, where the company's commitment to manufacturing excellence, so evident in the 1980s, remains undimmed. There have been changes, of course. The Xerox Electronics Manufacturing Centre, highly commended in this year's Electronics and Electrical category, operates in a way that is 'completely different from the traditional vertically integrated business model', observes general manager Yves Zucconi.
Although the centre is still very much a part of the electronic giant's monolithic global manufacturing and supply chain, the rules have changed.