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An East German Manager Explains the Advantages of a Kombinat (July 24, 1972)

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But the combine effect can also be appreciated from another perspective. The development of the Rota FZ 200 Mechanical System, which was awarded a gold medal at the Leipzig Spring Trade Fair in 1972, was only possible in the first place on account of the consolidation and concentration of potential and the cooperative efforts of many factories under one management.

Automatic Lathes for the USSR

The high productivity of the combine is based, among other things, on its full exploitation of the benefits of the socialist division of labor. Its most important form and at the same time a highly important source of increased efficiency is the socialist economic integration.

“Stanki 72,” the exhibition of Soviet machine tool engineering in Moscow, recently illustrated the possibilities and necessities of synchronization and evaluation for machine tool engineering in the GDR. Contracts concluded between “October 7th” and Soviet partners for the delivery of multi-spindle automatic lathes not only guarantee long-term security in sales, they also make it possible to optimize constructive and technological preparations as well as the procurement of materials. For us, that means: production in higher volume and at higher quality. Similar advantages arise from contracts concluded with other socialist countries on specialization, cooperation, and sales.

Within the “October 7th” Machine Tool Combine, the division of labor process is designed so as to achieve higher efficiency with the same materials or the same yield with fewer workers or raw materials. Here, one focus is the centralization of the production of specific parts in certain factories in the combine. For example, the nationally-owned enterprise [VEB] Hermann Matern in Magdeburg is responsible for the production of cog wheels and main spindles for the entire combine.

In 1972, in the interest of further progress in the division of labor in the combine, the production capacity of the main manufacturing unit was increased by 91% compared to 1971. This made it possible to save 25% of the standard work hours previously required for this work.

Socialist rationalization also includes the rationalization of the administration, which is subject to the same demands as, for example, the rationalization of production or transportation: Reduction in the required work hours; lowering of costs; tight and transparent organization; expedient information channels; favorable combination of rational use, planned maintenance, and modernization of the infrastructure, to name just a few.

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