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Reference number: 4325

Date: 1964*

Sponsor: Educational Films of Scotland in association with Nairn Williamson

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 20.23 mins

Description: Nairn's Linoleum Factory, Kirkcaldy. Depicts the manufacturing processes used to create linoleum and vinyl flooring and everyday work at the factory. Includes footage of a canvas factory nearby supplying hessian to make lino. Briefly highlights the export trade of the company.

Paper Archive file containing treatments for proposed joint production by EFS with Nairn Williamson Limited.

See also ref. 1730 for another film about Nairn's Linoleum manufacture.

Credits: comm.s. Bruce Campbell
'Made in Kirkcaldy' was adapted from ''Fine Floors' by courtesy of Nairn-Williamson Limited, Kirkcaldy and Lancaster
A Cinechrome Film

Shotlist: credits, superimposed over shots of the Forth Rail Bridge (0.40) aerial view Kirkcaldy (0.51) ship moored in harbour, linseed oil is piped off (1.02) gvs laboratory where samples of linseed oil are tested (1.27) ints factory, where linseed oil is oxidised, shredded oil gel is produced, mixed with cake oil gel and fused with molten rosin (3.33) shots of base cement being made in vats, control systems shown (4.15) trial sample of linoleum is made in laboratory (5.35) ints St. Mary's canvas works where jute is woven to produce hessian (7.06) rolls of canvas, loaded on truck, are driven to the linoleum factory (7.20) ints factory where linoleum base is adhered to canvas, inspected and different patterns shown (9.10) inlay patterns are created by skilled female workers and produced on linoleum sheets (10.19) zinc stencils used for creating moulded inlay (11.11) paper felt is produced and hung in giant loops in stores (12.42) shot of designers at work, creating patterns on wooden blocks with brass (13.19) shots of multi coloured patterns being printed onto paper felt base (14.13) gvs production process used to make vinyl flooring tiles (15.45) gvs quality control tests at the factory (e.g. tensile strength or irregularities) (16.27) shot of factory floor producing lino tiles (16.47) dispatch area and warehouse (17.23) trucks leave factory loaded with linoleum (17.35) exts and ints Aspro-Nicholas factory, Slough with gvs linoleum flooring (18.21) shot looking up the Champs-Elysees, Paris (18.17) shot of woman mopping lino floor in her flat in Paris (18.39) shot of Sydney, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand (18.52) brief shot lino floor with footsteps (19.02) gvs Montreal, Canada and c/u flooring there (19.47) aerial view Kirkcaldy (20.04) ecs, superimposed over aerials of Kirkcaldy (20.23)