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Until when where typewriters in active use among the mainstream population?
The typewriter isn’t dead yet, not for a long time. The typewriter world has around 940 unique brands, even though most brands are now defunct except for the ‘big’ brands like Underwood, Olympia, Panasonic, Brother, etc. The current major typewriter manufacturing hubs are China, Japan and Indonesia. India is still a player but now a much reduced one because of the overall economics of the manufacturing. The still existing typewriter brands outsource the manufacturing to various independent contractors in those countries much like Apple outsources various OEM operations to those places. Right now in my office, I have several typewriters (electric and manual) that are still in daily use. Their consumables (ribbons, cleaners, etc) are still available on standard order from my stationery supplier. India’s pre-eminent typewriter manufacturer was Godrej & Royce, which had been making typewriters for various European brands since the 1950s. The company ceased operations in 2009 — and the news media thought typewriter manufacturing had gone extinct in India. Quite the opposite. The current Indian typewriter manufacturing are across India, but seems to be focused around Goa and Mumbai. Trivia.— In India, the typewriter isn’t just office equipment. It has long been a sign of education and professional achievement. The typewriter when owned by a woman is a badge of Indian women’s growing independence. In the USA, Swintec Corporation of Moonachie, New Jersey, is a major manufacture of electronic typewriters — though it outsources the components and assembly to overseas countries (mostly China). The Italian typewriter manufacturer Olivetti S.p.A. — famed for its iconic Olivetti Lettera 32 portable — is still making portable manual typewriters (outsourced). I have to say the modern Olivetti designs are crap. Underwood exists only as a brand name after Underwood Typewriter Co. was acquired by Olivetti in 1959. The former Yugoslavia was the manufacturing site for Underwood typewriters and afterwards now in China. I have to say the Yugoslav Underwoods were better made than the Chinese ones. In China, I know the Shanghai Weilv Mechanism Co. makes the “Rover” brand of English portable manual typewriters — including those with the long 18-inch (46 cm) platen rollers. Believe it or not, the company was established in 2004. Thanks for the Fill Form Online .
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