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NEW FORD FACTORY

PLANT AT LOWER HUTT

CONSTRUCTION STARTED

Some details of the new Ford factory which is now in course of construction on an estate of over 13 acres at Sea View Road, Lower Hutt, at an estimated cost for land, plant, and equipment of £160,000, were given by Mr. G. H. Jackson, managing director of Ford Motor Company of New Zealand, Ltd., to a "Post" reporter today.

Mr. Jackson stated that the- new factory was the embodiment of the desire of the Government and the people of New Zealand to develop industries for the employment of New Zealand labour. "In acceptance of this desire the Ford factories of Canada and England' are transferring to New Zealand as much work as can be economically done here," he continued. "One important feature of the establishment of this industry is that no overseas labour will be imported; only New Zealand workmen will be employed under expert guidance. The same high and exacting standards of quality and workmanship will be put into the vehicles assembled at this plant as is done in the factories in Canada and England and similar elaborate machines, tools, and jigs will be used. Centrepoise V 8 passenger cars, V 8 trucks and commercial vehicles, English 10 h.p. de luxe .cars, and 8 h.p. light cars will be completely built up from material supplied by the factories in Canada and England. ' . "

"The new factory building is of the most modern earthquake-resisting design, with many details of construction entirely new to- New Zealand The building, of steel frame construction with brick walls and reinforced concrete floor, will cover an area of 305 feet by 400 feet. FACTORY DESIGN. The factory is designed to give maximum natural light and ventilation. The total glass area is over 50 per cent, of the floor space, and working conditions will be ideal. On the north side runs a crane bay the full length of the building, served by an overhead travelling crane and having a railway siding inside, along its full length. The remainder of the plant is in bays 48 feet wide. .

"Several novel features are incorporated in the building. Travelling platforms are being installed in the roof structure to facilitate window cleaning, and.large sections of the roof glass are controlled electrically for ventilation. The offices will be 'air conditioned?1 throughout so that they will have an even temperature in both summer and winter. '.'.

"Every regard will be taken for the employees' welfare. Light and ventilation are '■ main considerations, and the plant will be kept spotlessly clean and fitted with every modern safety device for the protection of the workmen. For instance, every machine has Its own power unit. There are no belts or pulleys from overhead shafts, and each machine has specially designed and constructed safety guards. An extra precaution is the provision of a first-aid room with attendant.

"Various parts of the all-steel welded one-piece bodies will be held rigidly and accurately in position for welding in huge 'bucks' or jigs exactly similar to those used in the principal Ford factories throughout the world. Four different' types of welding are used in the production of the body, each best suited to the particular work to be performed. Arc ■ welding, the oldest form of electric welding, the later type of electric spot welding, and the most modern butt welding, as well as the more familiar acetylene gas welding, all play their part. ATTENTION TO DETAIL. "The new baked enamel'finish will be applied with the same painstaking attention to detail as is now done -in Canada.; The final coats of enamel will be applied in a sealed room, held at a fixed temperature and 'air conditioned' , with air washed, filtered, and held to a standard ' humidity. Finally, after receiving the final spraycoat of enamel, the bodies will be baked In ovens at a-temperature of 250 degrees so as to give them the lasting high lustre finish so much admired in Ford cars today. All bodies will be moved mechanically on mono: rail conveyors for undercoating.

This factory will become an important manufacturing concern employing large numbers of New Zealanders, all trained to 'the use of the very latest and highly-developed machines and standards, and will be one pf the most interesting industrial projects in New Zealand. Materials of New Zealand make will be used to the greatest extent economically 'possible, and will be fitted with the same highly-devel-oped standard methods employed overseas."

Mr. Jackson added that the building site was obtained through, the services of Finch, Webster, and Oswin, of Wellington. Contracts for the. foundation work had been let to Christiani and Nielsen, Ltd., Wellington, and the work commenced this week. The steel framework was,in the hands,of Peter Graham and Sons, Ltd.,, Christchurch, who would start operations on approximately April 15. Messi'S. J. M. Dawson and King, of Wellington, were the architects.

Mr. Jackson announced that the factory would be in operation towards the end of the year. Visitors would always be welcome and special guides would be employed by the company to conduct parties at "regular intervals.

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NEW FORD FACTORY, Evening Post, Issue 47, 25 February 1936

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NEW FORD FACTORY Evening Post, Issue 47, 25 February 1936

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