1919-01-01

CONDITIONS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ABROAD 190034

THE author's observations cover the period immediately following the war when, as a member of a party of representative guests of the British and French governments, he toured England, meeting Government officials and talking on industrial matters; visited Scotland's shipbuilding and coal areas; viewed the battle area, aircraft, automobile and tractor factories in France; and traveled in Italy, later returning to England to inspect factories, conduct investigations and review Government activities.
The enormous expansion of the automotive industry factories of the Allied nations is emphasized and their organization and methods briefly described, with running comment on comparative practice in the United States. Factory production methods in England are mentioned, as well as working conditions and welfare work there.
Considerable information relating to post-war automobile designs and to motor-truck and tractor practice is given. A belief that there should be much international standardization is expressed. Universal traffic rules, standard width of gage or track and the fuel question are touched upon and the main features of the airplane industry and its future tendencies are described. Solid tire mileage on London streets is mentioned, the present tendency of the motorcycle industry is indicated and the foreign demand for small, light, cheap automobiles is stated. Comparative statements regarding present European and American practice are frequent.

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