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TINPLATES MADE IN ITALY.

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TINPLATES MADE IN ITALY. A NOTE OF WARNING. The following appears in the current issue of a London Trade Journal :-At a time when the tin- plate workers of South Wales are adN ocating the closing of the works in order to restrict the supply, keep up prices, and maintain the 1874 rate of wages, it may be useful to offer them the following reminder from a report by Mr. Law upon the Tin- plate Trade in Italy. He says:— "A business which appears to be developing with much success, and which is in direct competition with an important English industry, is that of making tinplates. The importation of tinplates, which were formerly received in considerable quantities from England, has declined rapidly during the last few years, as the Italian Industry has pro- j gressed, and it seems probable that Italy will, at an early date, supply all her own requirements. The largest tinplate works are situated at. Piombino, on the coast opposite the island of Elba, where there are six rolling-mills. The production some time ago, with three mills, was about 80 ton per week, and it is anticipated that this will shortl) be doubled. At present the steel bars for rollin- are j imported, but works are being erected for making the bars from Elba iron, which is of excellent quality. A small quantity of bars is received from the Italian steelworks at Sestra Ponente, near Genoa. The Italian bars are rather cheaper than English, but are said to be somewhat inferior in quality. The import duty on steel bars is 6 francs per ton on blackplates 12 francs per ton on tinplates 15 francs. There are three eight-hour shifts at the rolling mills. Wages are paid by piecework, men at the rolling-mills e rning about 10 lire per diem doublers, 7 lire furnacemen 5 to 6 lire tinners, 4 lire and lads, 2 lire. The average production per mill per day is 40 boxes, but in cold weather, it goes up to 50 boxes per day. The Italian haaids are said to be very steady, efficient workers. There must be a considerable advantage, in competi- tion with England, in the high rate of production per mill, if it be correct, as I have been informed, that the Trade Union in England has'fixed the maximum production for English workers at 36 boxes per day." If the Italian workers can, and do produce forty to fifty boxes daily, it is surely suicidal on the part of the Welsh workers to restrict their output to thirty-six boxes daily as they have been doing for some time past. They should remember that Italy is very near to the Russian oilfields, and that as the demand for oil sizes in the future will, probably, be from Russia and the East, it may possibly be supplied by Italy, unless they in Wales show greater wisdom and more foresight.

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