Chris Reeves' Collection

Chris Reeves was a senior production manager at Swaythling, whose leadership of the Ford self-improvement Q1 Quality Awards project in the 1990s helped keep the Transit plant in Southampton for over another decade. Thanks to work done on this project by all concerned working together, the plant received considerable funding by Ford and achieved 400 vans a day using less staff working to a higher quality at lower cost. It also got a new paint shop. The official photos commissioned by Reeves were taken by Reginald Harris of Southampton in 1995. A selection are shown here, starting with images of the Q1 evaluation team with local staff touring the plant, followed by views of the various departments showing the high standard of 'housekeeping' reached during the project.