During the 15th century, it was the Hungarian invented carriage that was considered the most innovative transportation invention. Being able to carter goods and people was an innovation. Then 300 years later Karl Benz changed the transport industry with his working, no horse-drawn car. Trading in automobiles has transcended from mere means of commuting to competitive and weather resistant that many must come to appreciate. The constant challenges of meeting consumer needs have seen innovations from petrol, diesel to hybrids and electric cars. Assembly plants still play a role, even though they are now almost fully automated. The progress is an indication of the social changes that extend the first Ford assembly line of efficiency.

Back to The Past in This Present

During the early part of the 19th century was a time of growth for Ireland. While writers like Yeats were gaining international recognition and accolades for their literary prowess, it was also when car manufacturing started to bloom. However, their greatest achievements came later in the century when famous DeLorean gained popularity in the Back to The Future movies. The DMC-12 was created by car enthusiast and equally apt engineer John DeLorean an American. The Shamrock is also another American invention for the Irish automobile market.

The Assembly Lines That Put It All Together

Unlike the automated assembly lines that are now commonplace in many manufacturing plants, cars were often assembled by hand by humans. The Irish heritage of Henry Ford is said to be the reason he opened the first Ford plant in Ireland. This made it essentially the first international car assembly factory. With its Cork base expansion, employees were also able to act as marketing agents, informing potential buyers of the types of models that would be ready for purchase. This plant is also famed for having built the Cortina as well as the Escort. These older models have become a collector’s dream purchase.