New Indian Assembly Plant for Seddons
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riA NEW plant to be devoted to the assembly of Seddon chassis and of trailers produced by the British Trailer Co., Ltd., has been opened by Airflow Transport (India), Ltd., At Bangalore. It is hoped to increase output to a rate of 40-50 chassis per month, and later to construct bodywork. Bradford vans may be built in the future.
The managing director, Mr. S. V. Subramaniam, told "The Commercial Motor" that an order had been placed by Bombay State Transport for 100 Seddon Mark VII chassis, and another for 25 vehicles by the Government of Lucknow.
At the recent opening ceremony, the general manager, Mr. J. Walmsley, said that when the company was appointed Seddon distributor in 1948, it was faced with the difficulty that the Indian conception of road transport was based on the operation of American petrol engined vehicles. It had been decided. however, to persuade Indian opinion that the ,higher ipitial cost of the oiler was offset by its,tower running expenses.
PHILIPS ELECTRONIC AIDS
A DESCRIPTION of modern elecrt tronic aids to industry is contained in a book recently published by Philips Electrical, Ltd., Century House, Shaftesbury Avenue, W.C.2. The publication is liberally illustrated and gives examples of the, ways in which Philips equipment is used in factories through
out Britain. . .
: One picture shows how starter gear rings are shrink-fitted on to • flywheels in the Standard Motor .works by means of high-frequency heating equipment.
ADVANTAGES of battery-electric vehicles for short-distance work involving many stops and starts are out-fined in an illustrated brochure published by the Flectric Vehicle Association, 2, Savoy Hill, London, W.C.2. It is stated that on an average, a 10-12cwt. machine runs 11 miles per unit of electricity and a 1-tonner miles.
In comparing expenses, a 10-cwt. battery-electric running 150 miles per weekis said to cost 14 .6s. '3d. and a petrol-engined vehicle £5 1 Is. 2d. For a 1-tonner running 175 Miles a week. the figures are claimed to be £5 10s. 9d. for a battery-electric and £7 Is. 10d.