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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 15, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Dundee's Jute Industry Faces New Competition DUNDEE, Scotland (CP) They used to say Dundee was famous for jute, jam and jour- nalism, but the saying may not last into the next genera- tion. The fine local preserves may continue to adorn British breakfast tables and the Dun- dee Courier continue to export remarkable reporters, b u t there seems every prospect that a new plastic yarn will one day strangle the jute in- dustry on which the wealth cf tlu's solid grey city has been based for 140 years. The plastic is called poly- petrochemical product that can be pulled and twisted into a tcugh the jute manufac- turers of Taysidc admit wryly that there is virtually nothing jute can do which the syn- thetic newcomer can't match, at cheaper iost. Cannily, the Scottish indus- trialists are joining the enemy they can't beat. Dundee's jute men have already invested (about .in research and have set up po- lypropylene plants in the city as yet there are only four to the 50 or so jute mills. The world jute industry started here, on the banks of what the poets called "the sil- very when Britain began importing the raw fibre from her Indian empire in the 1830s. MONOPOLY LOST Dundee processed the golden strands and spun them into yarn for sacks that went round the world, carrying Sas- katchewan grain, Japanese rice, cement for building cit- ies and coai for fuelling the_ Industrial Revolution. Huge fortunes were made in I those brass-knuckled days when Indian labor was dirt- cheap. Taysidc enjoyed a mighty boom with contracts to supply sandbags for the Crimean War and later the First World War. Dundee began to decline in the era of industrial unrest and economic hardship which followed the First World War. Virtually a one-industry centre, the city was particu- larly hard hit by the Depres- sion of the 1930s. It had barely recovered when the era of man-made fibres approached, bringing new threats. Now Dundee no longer has a monoDolv of jute-manufac- and East Paki- stan, the principal oroducers, have their own mills and so do several European coun- tries. Jute nowadays is mostly used for backing the costly carpets made at Axminstei' and Wilton in sacking side has fallen away since many industries use paper or plastic packaging. ADDS NEW INDUSTRIES Dundee's jute production has dropped by one-quarter since the 1930s and the indus- try employs fewer than half the number in the boom pe- riod at the beginning of he century. With the rapid expansion of man-made fibres, the future looks cloudy unless the jute- prcducing countries find some way to reduce prices without injuring their Own economies. But the city is coming to terms with the new era and diversifying its industrial in- terests. The whole Taysidc re- gion is designated a develop- ment area, eligible for central government is the whole of Scotland outside Ed- Companies Stuck With Computers By JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) The electronic computer, to which many American companies bitched their wagon during the explosive expansion of the 1960s is beginning in some instances to drag like a weighty millstone as the economy contracts. One of the iest illustrations o! (he developing situation in- volved the collapse recently of the McDonnell and Co. broker- age firm, but there are many other examples. A typical situa- tion is this: During the late 1960s a com- pany's business is increasing rapidly, so fast, in fact, that ii cannot hire enough experienced clerical help to deal with its pa- perwork. A computer, it rea- sons, could do the work of 50 clerks. Projecting a continuation of increased sales and earnings for the five years, the com- pany decides that it might as well plow a considerable amount of money into expensive equipment. No sense getting caught short again. Aiding in the decision is the new electronic data processing manager who argues that while the new machinery might not pay off immediately, it cer- tainly will become profitable by the 1970s. And so the company buys a big new computer. Then the economic expansions stop. In fact, the company's sales begin to sag and, looking over the books, the manage- ment group decides it must be cut back. But where? It could Soviet, U.S. Lunar Flight Suggested ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) A top Soviet space scientist has called for a joint Soviet-Ameri- can lunar launch "as soon as possible." Dr. Jouli C. Khodarev, deputy director of the Institute of Space Research in Moscow, also told reporters in answer to a ques- tion that he personally regards war as "the ultimate absurd- Sty." In an address Wednesday to the American Astronautical So- ciety, Khodarev said there now is much duplication in space ex- periments. "It is necessary to agree on what we want to do on the moon. We should have a reason- able list of experiments, and we have no information from an in- ternational assembly of scien- tists as to just what should be included on this list." Robert L. Lohman, respond- ing for the U.S. National Aero- nautics and Space Administra- tion, said: "Naturally we would welcome such a list. have cut 25 clerical workers. But it's stuck with the big com- puter. More and more companies are facing such situations today, according to consultants at Brandon Applied Systems, Inc., which advises computer owners on management and technical matters. "We think it reasonable to ex- pect further collapses of the McDonnell said a spokes- man, "as well as reduced earn- ings for corporations with a heavy investment in data proc- essing. Insurance companies, banks and brokers may be dragged down the most." For this and other reasons, many companies are taking per- haps their first critical look at their computer systems. No longer are they content to sit back and believe that wonders! are being worked. "The beginning of the com-] puter revolution is over and this beginning has been a failure in terms of what might have been says a spokesman for the consulting firm of Touche Ross. "Many business managers stood back in awe of both the machinery and the personnel oi the systems operation, and a lol of the technical people didn't deliver workable business sys- .ems." Dick Brandon, head of Bran- don Systems, comments that 'the mushroom growth of data processing has led to the hiring of skilled electronic data proc- essing technicians, rather than >rofessional managers as heads of departments." Many of these technicians, he maintains, have not communi- cated to top management the decreasing cost-production ratio of their operations, if only to irotect their own jobs. But, he adds, management now is aware and concerned. Great Dane Owner Big Problem MISSISSAUGA, Or.t. (UP) Brutus was born he weighed a pound. Now, 14 Months later, he weighs 160 is still growing. Brutus is a Great Dane and his size presents problems to his owner, George Mc- Laughlin. Mr. McLaughlin lives in an apartment and before he goes to work each morning he has to take Brutus to a dog-sitter. It is impossible to leave a Great Dane hi an apartment by himself, says Mr. Mc- Laughlin. The cost of a dog-sitter comes to a month. Besides that, Brutus goes through about worth of hamburger meat. the three-year- old Tay road bridge, linking with the Forth road bridge in a major expressway to the south, has opened up north- east to the promise of new riches. Electronics and watch-mak- ing factories are moving in, wliile city authorities are bus- ily tearing down old tene- ments and rehousing workers in bright new developments on the edge of the surrounding fields. Eventually the Tay, which still gleams silver in the sun- light and enjoys the reputa- tion of being Europe's last un- polluted major estuary, may fall victim to the demands and debris of modem indus- trv. But this placid, salmon- teeming river has had its troubles before, and survived them. Trudeau Devotes Attention To Commonwealth Matters Monday, Juno 15, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 Gene Tumiey's Daughter Sent To Mental Hospital LONDON (toilers) Joan The central criminal court OTTAWA (CP) Since lie re- turned from his Pacific tour, Prime Minister Trudcau is re- ported to be devoting more- than-usual attention to the Com- monwealth and how it can be used in international under- standing and development. Sources say the prime minis- ter has become a dedicated ad- vocate of the Commonwealth, a development that has occurred largely within the last year. When he entered politics, say j ganizations. these sources, Mr. Trudcau ex- pressed little interest, in the to feel that the multi-racial, multi-language Commonwealth is in a unique position to foster international development, sim- ply because it does not have any constitution or rules. During his recent visit to Ma- laysia, he said in a speech that the Commonwealth, without rules or regulations, really has no right to exist. But for this very reason, it would likely out- last all other international or- Commomvealth. He tended to it as a sort of left-over from the heyday of the British Empire. NOTES FAITH And when he returned from his trip, he told the Commons that in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, he was impressed with the deep belief This is not the Commonwealth j in the Commonwealth. Member- that now excites him, say these i ship, he said, "permits almost sources. I automatically an exchange of The prime minister, skeptical views among their representa- of .international organizations lives which is at least as that repeatedly bog down in friendly and as frank, and in their own constitutions, is said' most cases more so, than is pos- sible between anywhere." The sources say Mr. Trudeau began to attach real importance to the Commonwealth at his first prime ministers' confer- ence in London early last year. While he didn't go to London with any wild enthusiasm, he was reported to have returned convinced thai the Common- wealth just might be the one in- any countries j Wilkinson, 30-year-old daughter of former hcavyw eight cham- pion Gene Tunncy, was ordered today detained in a mental hos- pital' after pleading guilty to killing her husband. Drowning Victim FORT S A S K A T C HEWAN, Alta. (CP) Walter Harvey accomplish a great deal. tning with friends in the North Since then he is reported to I .Saskatchewan River, about 15 have reinforced these news, j milcs of Edmonton. When planning his Pacific j RCMP said the youth's body tour, aides say Mr. Trudeau de- j has not been recovered. Drag- liberately designed his itinerary gjng operations are continuing, to include four Commonwealth countries, despite the fact he will be meeting the same lead- ers again next January when he attends the Commonwealth here was told'by a psychiatrist that she suffered from schizo- phrenia and was liable to com- mit further unprovoked li o m i- cidal attacks. Mrs. Wilkinson ad nilted bill- ing her husband, Lynn Carter Wilkinson, with an axe at tteir English country ccttagc 3 miles from London Easter Sun- day. Her plea'of guilty to man- slaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility was accepted. BEST SCORE Best nine-hole score on (he 1909 PGA golf tour was turned prime ministers' conference in in by Charles Sifford in the Los I Singapore. I Angeles Open. He shot a 28. FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE! A new gateway for world trade opens today At Roberts Bank, just south of Vancouver, British Columbia, a vast superport is being dedicated today by the Canadian Government. Its 65-foot depth opens the continent to the ton bulk carriers now sailing the seas, the forerunners of a new breed of giant ships. It's coal that brings Kaiser Resources Into the picture. Kaiser Resources Ltd. is developing Canada's largest coal mine 700 miles inland in southeastern British Columbia. We needed a bulk loading port to move this coal into world markets, and the government had Roberts Bank on the drawing board. Superships and superports call for super equipment: and Kaiser Resources' new facility at Roberts Bank will soon be shipping tons of high grade coking coal a year. Unloading CP Rail's 100-car unit trains in less than four hours. Loading the huge bulk carriers in less than a day. Traffic innovations like this have dramatically slashed the cost of moving coal. And new mining techniques digging in with Canada's largest walking drag line, and moving material with 200-ton trucks, the largest in the world hava also made our coal competitive on the world market. What does this mean to Canada? More Jobs, new houses in new communities, more tax revenue, bigger arid better transportation equipment and port facilities, a big .new lifa for an old industry and a billion dollars in foreign exchange to help our balance of payments over the next fifteen years. Roberts Bank is truly a new gateway to a bright future for Canadian world trade. RESOURCES 1535 Bentall Centre Two 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver 1, B.C, ;