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Chapter 12

I The First Half Century - The Initial Struggle

II The Second Fifty Years - The Start Of Expansion

III The Third Fifty Years - Federation And The First World War

IV The Fourth Period - Second World War To The Present
i General Conditions
ii Iron and Steel Production
iii Aluminium Technology
iv Innovative Copper Refining Process
v The EDIM-4WD Load-Haul-Dump Vehicle
vi Copper Rod Production
vii Copper Wire and Cables
viii The Diecasting Industry
ix Automotive Components
x Whitegoods or Consumer Durables
xi Hardware
xii Some Recent New Industries
xiii The National Measurement System
xiv Manufacturing Industry in this Decade
xv Acknowledgements



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Lucas Industries Australia Limited, which is the local offshoot of the parent UK company, began activities in Victoria in the early 1950s. It brought with it manufacturing expertise to which it had contributed while expanding. In particular, a battery manufactory was a model incorporating the latest in health requirements. Innovative ideas have come from this unit, many of which were later adopted by the parent company. For the batteries, they developed a synthetic rubber lid which was hot oil cured to make it stronger although thinner, and cheaper. They devised improved techniques for the manufacture of dry charged batteries which greatly extended their life and they produced improved battery separators which were later used in the UK by the parent company. The Australian company was also the first to develop, between 1962 and 1967, a polypropylene battery container and lid. Lucas introduced into Australia the first solid state voltage regulators for automobile electrical systems.

Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty. Ltd., an offshoot of the parent company in Germany, has also brought its best technology to Australia to manufacture automotive electrical equipment and diesel injectors. The company began in Victoria in 1954 and in a short time introduced precision manufacturing and measuring equipment and advanced circuitry for ignition systems. More recently, the company has begun the manufacture of advanced warning systems for engines and emission control systems. Many of the products made by the company enable the manufacture of engines on the export market and include fuel injection systems of the latest type.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Bridgestone Australia Ltd; Lucas Industries Australia Ltd; Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd

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