NAVIGATION   

     The Beginning    

     Pre World War 1

     The War Years   

The following pages are a transcript from the "AUSTIN - 50 years of car progress" booklet. It was published by The Austin Motor Company Limited in 1955 and is Publication No. 1235.

     Between the Wars

     World War 2

     Post War

     Facts & Figures

 
   

FACTORY AREA

1905 ................... 2.5 acres

1925 ................... 625 acres

1945 ................... 1105 acres

1955 ................... 165 acres

 

EMPLOYEES

1905 ................... 200

1925 ................... 8,000

1945 ................... 16,000

1955 ................... 21,000

 

PRODUCTION

1905-6 ............... 23 vehicles

1925-26 ............... 24,920 vehicles

1946-47 ............... 86,388 vehicles

1953-54 ............... 193,810 vehicles

 

CUMULATIVE PRODUCTION

1906-7 ............... 170 vehicles

1925-26 ............... 78,402 vehicles

1946-47 ............... 1,122,163 vehicles

1953-54 ............... 2,135,292 vehicles

 

CAR ASSEMBLY BUILDING

Length ......... 900 feet

Area of glass .......... 60,000 square feet

Length of main supply tunnel ......... 1,120 feet

Depth of tunnel below ground ......... 20 feet

Volume of air circulated per minute ....... 1,000,000 cu. ft.

Length of conveyor system ......... 16 miles

Load capacity of conveyor ......... 708 tons

Length of electrical cable in control system ......... 100 miles

Number of automatic switches .......... 600

Electricity load per day ......... 400 kW  

EFFICIENCY

In 1905-6 one car was a week's work for 112 employees

In 1925-26 one car was a week's work for 16 employees

In 1946-47 one car was a week's work for 9 employees

In 1953-54 one car was a week's work for 6 employees

 

MATERIAL FOR PRODUCTION - Per Week (1954)

Timber (for door frames, truck bodies etc.) .

........ 7,654 cu. ft.

Carpet ......... 5.5 miles

Roof lining and fabrics ......... 4.5 miles

Hides ......... 2,500

Hair and fibre (for upholstery) ......... 8 tons

Sound insulating material ......... 6 tons

Glass (windscreens and windows) ......... 40,000 sq. ft.

Paint ......... 12,000 gallons

Paint abrasives, polishes, stopping, etc. ......... 5 tons

Rubber solution .......... 4.5 tons

Steel pressings .......... 2,500,000

Total body parts ......... 21,000,000

Ball and roller bearings ........ 64,300

Steel tubing ......... 9.5 miles

Lamp bulbs ......... 50,000

Sparking plugs ......... 17,500

Length of electrical wiring cable (approx.) ..... 180 miles Total chassis parts ....... 12,000,000

SPARE PARTS (1954)

Orders handled per week ......... 3,000

Individual lines stocked ......... 35,000

Spare parts despatched per week ......... 300,000

Average weight of parts despatched per week ....... 400 tons

USE OF SALVAGED MATERIAL (1954)

Yellow metals (brass and phosphor bronze)

333 tons re-smelted for the production of ingots

Aluminium and Light Alloys

734 tons re-smelted for the production of ingots

Leather Cuttings

50 tons used for making slippers, shoes, industrial gloves and artificial fertilizers

Roof Linings and Calico

7 tons used for incubator curtains and boot, shoe, slipper and glove linings

Carpet Cuttings

9 tons used in the toy trade and for making hassocks, slipper inner soles, polishing pads, etc.

Paper .......... 105 tons.

Firewood ......... 680 tons

 

PACKING FOR EXPORT Per week (1954)

Number of complete crates .........1,500

Total of timber used ......... 27,000 cu. ft.

Waterproof lining paper used ......... 180,000 sq. ft.

Nails used in crates ........ 2.25 tons

 

WORKS POST OFFICE Per Week (1954)

Letters and postcards despatched .......... 52,850

Average cost of letter post ......... 575

Parcels despatched .......... 1,500

Average cost of parcel post .......... 179

Internal works post - number of postmen ......... 11

FACTORY SERVICES (1954)

Length of internal roadways ........ 8 miles

Length of internal railway track .......... 7.5 miles

Total length of cable in internal works telephone system

......... 20 miles

Coal used per year .......... 74,338 tons

Oil fuel used per year .......... 1,712,233 gallons

Water consumption per year .......... 350,558,660 gallons

Gas consumed per year .......... 541,198,320 cubic feet

Power House generating capacity .......... 8,650 kW

Total electricity load .......... 18,000 kW

Total volume of works buildings ........86,232,930 cu. ft.

 

WELFARE SERVICES

Dining rooms .......... 16

Snack bars ......... 4

Cooked meals served a year ......... 700,000

Subsidiary meals served a year ......... 1,000,000

Canteen staff employed ......... 215

Ambulance stations ......... 8

Qualified nurses ......... 25

Works police .......... 69

Fireman (full time) .......... 33

 

A modern Health Department, built as a memorial to the late Lord Austin, includes X-ray apparatus and deep ray and radiant heat equipment. There are two resident medical officers, and two specialists attend two or three times a week.

Operated in close association with the Health Department is the Rehabilitation Shop. Here injured workers can exercise stiff limbs, and at the same time do a useful paid job of work by operating light machines fitted with special manual or foot controls.

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