Some of the workforce of Messrs Boneham & Turner, Precision Engineers, Nottingham Road, Mansfield displaying drilled and milled steel to form high speed precision machine heads destined for Australia.
This photograph was understood to be in the Mansfield Reporter in 1949 and the caption read;
‘Travellers between Mansfield and Nottingham during the past few months could scarcely have realised that within 100 yards of their route, at the engineering works of Messrs Boneham & Turners, 30 cwts of Britain’s finest steel was being drilled and milled to form high speed precision machine heads destined for Australia.
Boneham & Turners are the only designers and producers of this machinery in England and are working in close competition with an American Engineering firm.
30 cwts may seem a small export but as Mr Boneham said, “We are selling craftsmanship rather than sheer bulk. “Craftsmanship it is, for each part is machined to 10,000th part of an inch equivalent to splitting thickness of this page 30 times. Such precision makes a big increase in the value of the finished article and, in a few cubic feet of shipping space, an export equivalent in value to Mansfield’s butter ration for a month sails to Australia.’