Hong Kong chronology

IBM opens its first office (400 square feet in the Life Insurance Building) in Hong Kong. (The company had been represented previously by Fagin Limited.) Three employees market electric typewriters, time systems and electric typing calculators.

Members of the IBM World Trade 1957 Hundred Percent Club [for salesmen who attained their annual quota] from Australia, Burma, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand attend a convention at the Peninsula Hotel.

IBM opens a Service Bureau, and begins to market the Data Processing (DP) product line.

The first IBM DP equipment in Hong Kong is installed in the offices of Pan American World Airways.

An IBM 1620 data processing system is installed at Hong Kong University for use by the civil engineering department.

A duplex IBM System/360 Model 30 is ordered by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.

The headquarters of IBM China are relocated from Tokyo to Hong Kong. Its operations consist of marketing administration, and general headquarters support, such as Personnel, Finance and Planning for IBM's Representative Office in Beijing.

IBM's China and Hong Kong Operations changes its name to IBM China/Hong Kong Corporation. It also merges its two basic business operations, IBM World Trade Corporation Hong Kong branch and IBM China Corporation, into a single organization. The unit will be headquartered in Hong Kong, with a representative office in Beijing. Its headquarters occupy more than 145,000 square feet in Core Central, and has more than 800 employees.

The University of Hong Kong purchases its first scalable, parallel system -- an IBM 9076 SP1 -- to greatly improve its computing capacity and support of scientific research projects.

IBM is named as the supplier of UNIX systems to Hong Kong as part of the city's groundbreaking effort to deliver government services (such as the ability to apply for a visa or process tax documents) to citizens via the Web. The two-year contract includes a wide spectrum of IBM eServer UNIX machines as well as "Shark" storage.