Building carriage, wagon and motor vehicle bodies in the Netherlands: the 1900-1940 transition

Sue-Yen Tjong Tjin Tai

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Abstract

During the motorisation boom in the Netherlands in the 1920s, Dutch wagonmakers started making bodies for motorised utility vehicles. Prior to this, luxury carriage builders already had made the transition to production of automobiles or the bodies for these new vehicles. For wagonmakers, the decline in demand for their traditional business and farm wagon and carts began after World War I. However, the automobile industry created many opportunities for them as well. Archival information shows that Dutch trade associations and a government agency, the Rijksnijverheidsdienst, played a key role in the innovation and retraining process by building a network, stimulating wagonmakers to modernise and retrain, and by transferring and developing knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188
Number of pages208
JournalJournal of Transport History
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Netherlands
  • wagonmaking
  • motor vehicle bodies
  • motorisation
  • automobile industry

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