Richard Pell, 41, UK marketing manager for IMI Norgren based in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
What are your company’s main areas of business?
We are the UK’s leading supplier of pneumatics and fluid control equipment to a wide customer base.
What are the biggest changes that you have noticed during your career in manufacturing?
The very definite and rapid shift towards electronic control of mechanical components.
Would you encourage one of your children to follow a career in engineering?
Engineering is still perceived as a dull vocation. Maybe an earlier introduction to engineering within the curriculum along with tighter guidelines on what we define as `an engineer’ would help to bring some renewed credibility in the eyes of the young as well as lifting the remuneration expectations of the engineering profession.
Will there be a substantial manufacturing industry in the UK in 20 years’ time?
Norgren is well placed to move forward confidently into the new millennium. The UK has always been an innovative nation where manufacturing is concerned, a fact of which we should be proud. My fear is that the destiny of manufacturing is in the hands of both the politicians and the shifting sands of the global economy.
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