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I've a little book at home produced in 1952 by Austin, looks like it was spin off from their visitors centre. The figures make fascinating reading. I hope some of you at least find it interesting. Read and weep. Of course this was before the formation of BMC (the British Motor Corporation) which soon followed and was the very start of the BL/Leyland downturn

Employees over 19,000 Nightshift 3,300 Female 2,000 Employees with over 25years service - 1,800
Internal roadways - 8 miles Internal Railway 7 1/2 miles Power consumed per year 541,198,320 cu.ft

It's nonsense for anyone to say 1940s Austins didn't compete - the A40 Devon was a world beater. From 1947-1951 344,025 rolled out of Longbridge 264,829 (77%) for export earning the country £85,000,000 (Remember this is in the late 1940s) from overseas. Between 1949 and 1950 the concentrated efforts of workers and management saw exports rise from 84,000 to 125,000 vehicles. In 1950 Austin produced overall 165,723 vehicles. The estimated capacity of the Longbridge carplant was 4,000 vehicles a week from the fineest and mostadvanced assembly plant of its kind in the world

Wartime production
Over 120,000 military vehicles of all kinds from the 8hp tour and utilities to 3ton and 6x4 trucks
2,866 Complete aircraft including Battles,Hurricanes and Stirlings
56,485 Aircraft engines 3,500 Lifeboat engines for Royal and Merchant Navies
1,350,000 Rounds of 2,6 and 7pounder armour piercing sheels, 3,350,000 ammunition boxes,600,000 Jerricans, 2,500,000 steel helmets for the services and civil defence. Also innumerable parts for aircraft,tanks ang guns - and much of the pioneering working on waterproofing vehicles for the D Day landings was carried out at Longbridge. With VE day +60years nearing we'd do well to remember this little debt to the folks of Longbridge
 
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