This is Theo Bos’s third visit to British Bata. He made previous visits in 1951 and 1953 and told Bata Record that although he had only been at East Tilbury for a few days this time, he had noticed a number of very interesting developments in rubber footwear manufacture and he felt sure he would learn a number of others during his stay.
Commenting on the weather, he said it was much colder in Holland when he left for Britain and a few days ago it was so cold that motor cars, even with anti-freeze in their radiators, were frozen and the factory buses were unable to run.
A number of taxis still on the road ran a shuttle service to get the workers home. He had difficulty in getting to he home in Eindhoven, a few miles from the factory at Best.
Max’s observations will be thorough and comprehensive, including, in addition to production, planning, costing and administration. Although this is only his first week here, he has formed a high opinion of British Bata and its methods and enthusiastic workpeople.
“The equipment is fine,” he told Bata Record, “and rate of production is remarkable. I work in the manipulation department at Vernon, so am specially interested in the manipulation sections of your rubber factory, where I am this week.
In his sixth year with the Bata organisation, Max worked for a short while in the Bata Factory in Saigon, Indo-China. When he left school, he worked in a bank in Paris. But he was really interested in industry, and started with Bata soon after he left the French army.