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A Guide to French Goods Services.

3rd May 1932, Page 85
3rd May 1932
Page 85
Page 85, 3rd May 1932 — A Guide to French Goods Services.
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

Although it is estimated that, in France, there are now over 17,000 concerns devoting attention to the mechanical road transport of goods, there has hitherto been no complete list of such services.

The Michelin Tyre Co., of Clermont Ferrand, has, therefore, performed a useful service by compiling a directory containing in alphabetical order a list of the 13,000 towns and villages to which road services are available, times of departure, charges, etc. By an ingenious combination of maps and tables it is a simple matter to ascertain the name of the concern running a particular service or of its local agent.

The International Aluminium Competition, 1932.

Copies of the rules relating to the International Aluminium Competition, 1932, are now available and can be obtained by persons in this country from the British Aluminium Co., Ltd., Adelaide House, King William Street, London, E.C.4.

The competition is open to persons of any nationality and is held by the International Aluminium Bureau, with the object of encouraging the development of the aluminium industry. Prizes are offered for the best suggestions dealing with the construction of new apparatus, or with improved applications of the metal or its alloys, or with improvements in manipulation.

The opening date of the competition is July 1st, and entries must be submitted between that date and October 1st (date of posting).

Distinguished Visitor to Sunbeam A few days ago the Hon. A. C. Willis, the Agent-General for New South Wales, visited the works of the Sunbeam Motor Car Co., Ltd., Wolverhampton, accompanied by Sir Frank Cox, publicity adviser to S.T.D. Motors, Ltd., and Mr. Audrey Robertson, general manager of the latter concern. He was received by the works manager, Mr. C. B. Kay ; Mr. G. F. Mortimer, secretary; Mr. C. F. Johnson, publicity manager ; and Mr. H. L. Brodie, of the sales department.

Before making a tour of the works, Mr. Willis inspected a completed trolleybus, similar in design to that recently taken over by Wolverhampton Corporation, and forming one of an order given out by the transport committee.

Bus Activities in Lanarkshire.

During the year 1931 the Lanarkshire Praction Co. made a gross profit of £36,705, as against £9,981 a year earlier, but after meeting interest charges, etc., and providing for depreciation, there was a net loss of £2,723, which increases the debit balance to be carried forward to £353,677.

The directors regard the results for the year as satisfactory, in view of (1) the loss incurred in operating the final section of the tramways undertaking until its abandonment in February, 1931, (2) the expense incurred in the change-over to motorbuses from tramways, and (3) the loss of revenue and the expense of litigation involved through the action of the Glasgow magistrates in restraining the company from running its buses on the NewmainsGlasgow route into the city of Glasgow until March 26th, 1931, when, following the decision in its favour by the Appeal Court, the company was able to continue the services.

At the end of 1931 the company had a fleet of 117 buses. Piston-ring Prices Reduced, Clews Petersen Piston Ring and Engineering Co., Ltd., Mill Lane, West Hampstead, London, N.W.6, has reduced the retail price of Clupet piston rings from 5s. to 3s. 6d. each for any size up to rings 4 ins, in diameter. Mr. R. Hargreaves has been appointed its sole distributor for the Midland area. D23

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