Story: Manufacturing – an overview

War work (2nd of 3)

War work

During the Second World War many manufacturers were involved in war work. Once they were declared an essential industry, manufacturers were able to keep or get staff, and knew they had a market for the goods produced. Here staff at Standard Motor Bodies stretch sheet metal used to make the body work for trucks for the army.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (PAColl-4161)
Reference: PAColl-0783-2-0431

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Ian Hunter, 'Manufacturing – an overview - Early 20th century manufacturing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Ian Hunter, published 11 Mar 2010