100 Albion Buses for Indonesia
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THE first batch of a fleet of 100 Albion I Aberdonian underfloor-engined buses is being completed in the Australian factory of Leyland Motors, Ltd., for service in Djakarta, Indonesia. They are a second gift of 100 buses built by the Leyland group and given by the Australian Government to Indonesia under the Colombo Plan.
Mechanically the Albion chassis are similar to the 100 Leyland buses supplied earlier, and in both cases the power unit is the Leyland 0.350 oil engine, which develops 105 b.h.p. in the Tiger Cub but is derated to give 94 b.h.p. in the Aberdonian.
All-metal bodies, 27 ft. 6 in. long, are being built by Freighter Lawton Industries, Melbourne, KNOCKED-DOWN EXPORTS
TANK trailers in the 250 range made by Scottorn, Ltd., will now be expprted in a knocked-down pack. This method of shipping will reduce the price by up to 60 per cent.
• The company have also reduced the price of their 250 trailers, of which there are two types. The new price of £199 for the standard form shows a reduction of £18, whilst the Fezzan model has been reduced by £27 to £241.
The workshops of the company, at New Malden, Surrey, have been extended by 8,000 sq. ft. to cater for increased demand.
FORD MAY SPEND £140m. WHEN the current £70m. expansion VY programme of the Ford Motor Co., Ltd., is completed in about three years' time, the company will probably spend another £70m. on tooling new models and other development projects. Sir Patrick Hennessy, chairman, gave this news to the shareholders last Friday.
The African subsidiary of the Canadian Ford company will start work in about two months on a large assembly plant in the Salisbury area, where production is due to begin in August, 1961.
GARDNER'S PROSPECTS BRIGHT immediate outlook for L. Gardner and Sons, Ltd., is bright, says Mr. J. H. S. Gardner, chairman. Output is high, but production costs arc still tending to rise. Skilled labour is scarce and the directors are concerned at the proposed erection of large motor factories on Merseyside.
Mr. Gardner draws attention to the possible effects of recent events in South Africa on the market for oil engines.
SAFETY ON SUGAR PACKS
APART from enthusiastically supporting the Lorry Driver of the Year Competition, Tate and Lyle, Ltd., are coOperating with the Ministry of Transport in promoting road safety by giving wider publicity to the Highway Code. Safety advice will be given during the next five months on sugar packs, about 1 im. of which are issued daily.