What was the impact of the ‘Fordist industrial’ practices on industrial production?
Henry Ford revolutionised industrial production by adopting the ‘assembly line’ system to his car plant in Detroit. Assembly line was a method of faster and cheaper production of vehicles, as it forced workers to repeat a single task mechanically and continuously.The pace of work was dictated by the conveyor belt, leading to increase in output per worker by speeding up the pace of work.
His practices soon spread in the US and were largely copied in Europe. Mass production lowered costs of engineered goods while higher wages increased the purchasing power of people. This created a boom in the consumer goods and housing sector. In this way, ‘Fordist industrial practice’ revolutionised industrial production.