Archive for October, 1973
At British Leyland’s Triumph car plant in Liverpool 3,250 workers are laid off because of a strike by 70 internal drivers over the dismissal of one man and Toledo car production is halted. Unless management talks with the unions produce a settlement many thousands of Triumph car workers in Coventry could face lay-offs next week.
By Clifford Webb British Leyland are selling the Mini at a loss despite the latest price increase and the fact that after 14 years it is still their top export model. Mr John Barber, BLMC’s deputy chairman and managing director said yesterday: “The Mini is a wonderful car though I think insufficient attention was paid [...]
British Leyland which had its Marina car production at Cowley stopped during last week, with losses of £5m, issued an ultimatum to 5,000 of its assembly line men during the weekend. It told them that the plant will be reopened today and those who want to go back to work can do so. But they [...]
By Clifford Webb British Leyland is investing £12m almost immediately to boost output of trucks from its factories at Leyland, Lancashire, Bathgate, Scotland, Wolverhampton and Southall, Middlesex. Most of the money will be spent on removing bottlenecks which are restricting engine production at the group’s main engine plant at Leyland. Mr Ron Ellis, managing director [...]
Yesterday all production at British Leyland’s car plant at Cowley, Oxford, stopped with 9,500 workers either on strike or laid off. During the past week troubles at the plant have resulted in lost production of about 4,000 vehicles worth nearly £5m. The Cowley shutdown has been caused by a walkout of some assembly line workers, [...]
Filmer Paradise, the 54-vear old American who surprised the motor industry six weeks ago bv resigning as director of sales for British Leyland’s Austin-Morris division. is going to sell Japanese cars in Britain and Europe. He has been appointed a director of Giltspur the £15m public group which runs one of the biggest Toyota distributorships [...]
By Clifford Webb Lord Stokes, chairman of British Leyland. yesterday attacked un-informed criticism of British cars. He said it had blackened their image at home and overseas to such an extent that it was unfair and reprehensible. In a speech on the eve of the Earls Court Motor Show he said: “There is little doubt [...]
OPEC oil ministers agree to use oil as a weapon to punish the West for its support of Israel in the Arab-Israeli war. They recommend an embargo against unfriendly states and mandate a cut in exports.
Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Qatar unilaterally raise posted prices by 17% to $3.65 per barrel and announce production cuts.
By. Clifford Webb Midland Industrial Correspondent British Leyland have run into technical problems with the new Leyland National bus, the first in the world to be built by mass production techniques similar to those employed in modern car plants. Lord Stokes, BLMC’s chairman, has described it as “at least five years ahead of world competition”. [...]
DAILY MIRROR By Patrick Mennem British Leyland chairman Lord Stokes lashed out yesterday at the ‘faceless minions’ who will design motor vehicles of the future. He was speaking at a conference in London on the European motor industry. He said that the public would want the industry’s products for a long time to come. ‘But,’ [...]
WORLD NEWS – On October 6th Egypt and Syria attack Israel on Yom Kippur, starting the fourth Arab-Israeli War. Link: Arab-Israeli War
Production of the new Rover 2200 saloon at Solihull was halted yesterday for the second time this week. The new model, an uprated version of the Rover 2000, was hit on Tuesday by a strike at the British Leyland car body plant at Cowley, which caused a shortage of body pressings for Rover. After the [...]
By Clifford Webb British Leyland is placing substantial orders for machine tools, power presses and assembly line equipment necessary for the first phase of the £400m to £500m expansion programme outlined by Lord Stokes, the chairman. Wilkins and Mitchell, the Darlastan, Staffordshire, manufacturers of heavy power presses, yesterday confirmed it had received orders from British [...]
DAILY MIRROR By Patrick Mennem British Leyland could have boosted their car sales by 25 per cent, this year, it was claimed yesterday. The only snag was that they couldn’t make enough cars. Explaining this at the weekend, deputy chairman John Barber said that industrial trouble within the company had lost some sales. But sales [...]