Efsi

Efsi

In 1959 (some sources say 1962), Bestbox started making simple diecast cars in Limburg province (Bickford 2009).
Some significant post-mining industries were automobile producers DAF and Nedcar in Born.
After the closure, DSM (The Dutch State Mines) tried providing new employment to out-of-work or disabled miners in different shops or factories.
These 'WIM' workshops (Workshop for Disabled Miners) were backed by the Fund for Social Institutions (FSI).

One of the activities was to continue the production of Best-box models. Later the name was changed to EFSI, apparently a phonetic pronunciation of FSI.
The Bestbox name was discontinued in 1971, perhaps because of the similarity to the name (and competition) of Matchbox toys (Breithaupt 2001). 
Though similar to Matchbox, and popular locally, Efsi toys do not seem to have been too well known outside the Netherlands. 
Most Efsi products were marked "Made in Holland" on the base.

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