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IBM Manufacturing in the Nordic Countries

Abstract : Unlike other foreign computing companies, in addition to sales and service IBM early on also established production facilities in the Nordic countries. To provide a better understanding of the role of IBM in these countries, the article surveys IBM manufacturing in the region: what was produced, and where were these functions located? The term “production” is understood in a rather narrow sense, as manufacture. The results show that for several decades, IBM produced punched cards in four Nordic countries, but that after 1960 there has been only one IBM factory for hardware in the region, located in the Stockholm area. The article also discusses the reasons for Sweden’s importance in IBM manufacture, and suggests that Nordic companies contributed to IBM manufacture through subcontracting.
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Petri Paju. IBM Manufacturing in the Nordic Countries. 3rd History of Nordic Computing (HiNC), Oct 2010, Stockholm, Sweden. pp.215-227, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-23315-9_24⟩. ⟨hal-01564667⟩



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