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......but we couldn't resist this story.
Icon Polymer of the Midlands has just received a £79,000 order for rear mudflaps for the Warrior upgrade (tank guards in the parlance)
AND they are going to finish the job by the end of February
AND they are the only people in the UK who can do this sort of thing
AND their customer, the Defence Support Group, says "they will bend over backwards for us. We can't ask any more of them"
AND managing director Tim Pryce led a management buyout earlier this year
AND he came back from 14 years in Massachusetts in 2006 to merge three companies into Icon
AND his team turned an "extremely underperforming" group into a successful one (£20 million turnover this year)
AND they are about to stop being an SME as their workforce rises above 230
AND 10% of their sales go to China
AND they are part of the BAE Systems supply chain which has just landed an order for Viking 2 from France
AND their components are on Warthog and Challenger and CVRT and other armoured vehicles
AND they pride themselves on meeting customer requirements "in days not weeks" when required
So who says the Brits can't make things any more?
AND we can't compete with China
AND we can't grow manufacturing industry
AND the defence industry is in decline
AND we can't be innovative and responsive to customers?
Eat your hearts out you spivs, speculators and know-it-alls!