With a world spotlight on Mexico during the World Cup Football Competition, the East German Republic has chosen to mount a major industrial exhibition in Mexico City during the period, at the Chapultepec Park.
GV Mexico city street scene
GV & SV EXT. Exhibition hall
STV cotton spinning machine PAN TO visitors looking on
GV milling machine ZOOM IN TO "made in Germany" sign
GV section of exhibition
GV PAN. musical instruments stand
LV ZOOM TO SV women looking at fashion stand
GV working model of harbour
CU Russian emblem on liner ZOOM VACK TO models of ships
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Background: With a world spotlight on Mexico during the World Cup Football Competition, the East German Republic has chosen to mount a major industrial exhibition in Mexico City during the period, at the Chapultepec Park.
Advanced cotton-spinning machines are typical examples of the up-to-date machinery the East Germans are exhibiting. The traditional German lead in printing machinery is strongly represented, and automatic lathes, drills and milling machines are on view. The East Germans have been making a major bid to become suppliers of heavy machinery to Mexico, but they are also showing a wide range of commercial goods.
Consumer goods are well represented, with East German musical instruments attracting particular attention.
Fashions too have not been neglected. The stand showing the latest East German clothes rivalled that for machinery in size and popularity.
The East German ship-building industry, based on Rostock, is showing a large working model of a harbour installation, and there are also a large number of attractive ship-models, one of them a large-scale reproduction of one of the luxury liners built for the Russian fleet. The East Germans have been quick to establish their position as leading ship-builders to the Communist bloc, and they have of course a strong interest in the extensive development now going on to ports and harbours in Mexico.
East Germany is a leading industrial power in the communist bloc, and has in the past attracted Mexico to exhibit at its annual Trade Fair in Leipzig.
The two countries are likely trading partners, since Mexico has a socialist government, and is the only Latin American country to have maintained diplomatic relations with Cuba in recent years.
However, West Germany is also a trading partner, claiming a large share of the Mexican automobile market with its Volkswagen plants.