16:40 Feb 7, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Rationalisierungsmittelbaubetrieb
Aus dem ehemaligen Rationalisierungsmittelbaubetrieb der technischen Glasindustrie in Ilmenau wurde ein international anerkanntes Glasmaschinenbauunternahmen mit 35 Mitarbeitern und 5 Auszubildenden. Can anyone explain what a Rationalisierungsmittelbaubetrieb is? Thanks.

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Alexander Schleber
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Anthony Frey



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Rationailierungsmittelbau is a typical GDR term used to described any company which relied on its own resources for automating/mechanizing production processes. In other words - they built their own equipment. The same term exists in Russian which is translated as means of production or production facilities.

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components manufacturing

<Leipzig> is interesting.
I think you have to leave out the "Rationalisierung" and see "Mittelbau" as a type of company creating parts and components for other manufacturers. This also explains the change in the company to a firm producing finished machines.

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