Miles From Malay - The Production of Rubber in Malay, and the Manufacture of Rubber Tyres in Britain

'It was John Boyd Dunlop–a Scotsman–who evolved the principle of the pneumatic tyre. His discovery was to cause a revolution on the roads and a revolution in industry. It encouraged people to travel by increasing comfort and speed, and it stimulated commercial transport.
As rubber came into demand all over the world, Malay became a country of industrial importance. To-day it produces an annual crop worth nearly forty-million pounds.
The raw rubber is coagulated, dried, and pressed into blocks ready for shipment. The film follows a batch of blocks from the plantations to a large factory in Britain, where over two hundred different sizes of tyres are made to fit every kind of vehicle. The manufacturing processes of both inner tubes and outer covers are described.' [1]

Date: 1938
Duration: 12:--

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Production Company: TIDA
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Length: 35mm: 1040ft. 16mm: 420ft.


Rubber for the Road is a silent counterpart to this title.

This tyre-maker featured in this film is Dunlop.

This title appears in no Films of Britain catalogue after 1940, as the film was withdrawn around this time. In original documentation from 1945, it is stated that "Miles from Malay was withdrawn because it talked about the impregnable forces of Singapore"[2] . Miles From Malay was made before the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939, when Singapore was under colonial rule. In December 1941, however, Japanese forces invaded and captured Singapore, leading to what has been described as one of the largest surrenders of British-led forces in history. The British Council thus decided that it was no longer suitable to distribute this film.
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940
  2. ^ Ref: TNA BW 4-52 - 'Film Department - Outline of Policy (1945)'