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Post-War German Production

From The American Horologist magazine, May 1946

Post-War German Production 

An advance report was recently made by American experts who, in 1945, made an inspection of horological centers in Germany. In this report it was stated that none of the plants were found to be damaged, except for those in Pforzheim vicinity, and also that these plants were preparing for peacetime production, in view of the fact that a great quantity of parts were being manufactured to be used in making watches and clocks.

In all these German plants, large and small, Swiss and German machine tools of the utmost quality had been obtained for use and greatly exceeded in number the amount required prior to the war. According to the report, some of the Swiss equipment consisted of items, the exporting of which is not allowed by the government of Switzerland.

International standards are responsible for low labor costs in Germany. As a result of this, the manufacture of watches and clocks is being resumed in some of its plants. It is felt that unless some type of control is set up by the Allied nations, Germany will experience little hardship in once again establishing her foreign market.


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