Story: Factory industries

Last off the line

Last off the line

Fifteen years of colour television assembly ended at Philips’ Naenae factory in June 1988. Reduced tariffs meant that locally assembled televisions were no longer competitive. While production manager Bob Toes sat on the last set off the line, some of the 66 workers whose jobs were ending cheered him on.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1988/2431/9A
Photograph by Martin Hunter

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Ian Hunter, 'Factory industries - Inflation and deregulation, 1970s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Ian Hunter, published 11 Mar 2010