Taiwan chronology

1956
IBM establishes a branch office of the IBM World Trade Corporation (WTC) in Taipei, with a staff of three. They occupy a 400-square foot office at the International House.

1957
IBM China establishes headquarters in Taipei. The first IBM data processing (DP) equipment in Taiwan is installed at the Taiwan Sugar Corporation in Taipei. IBM opens its first office in Hong Kong, which is managed by the Taiwan organization. The first IBM education course is held in Taiwan.

1958
The first IBM time equipment is installed.

1960
IBM opens a Service Bureau in Taipei.

1961
IBM equipment processes the results of the 1961 agricultural census.

1962
The first IBM 650 data processing system in Taiwan is installed at the Institute of Electronics at the National Chiao Tung University.

1963
The National Taiwan University orders an IBM 1620 data processing system for computer education. When the Council for United States Aid moves its DP center to a new building on Roosevelt Road in Taipei, IBM customer engineers transfer one piece of IBM equipment using an ox and a rubber-tired cart to carry the machine through the streets at 3 mph.

1964
The first IBM System/360 in Taiwan is ordered by the Taiwan Sugar Corporation. That customer acquires an IBM 1440 in December to handle materials accounting, general accounting, sales and inventory control as well as farmerso loan accounting and personnel records. The first IBM bank proof machine in Taiwan is used by the Bank of Taiwan.

1965
IBM's Kingston, N.Y., facility establishes the Kingston Procurement Liaison Office in Taipei.

1966
IBM works with Tatumg Electronic Corporation to produce magnetic core memory planes in Taiwan. IBM establishes an International Procurement Office.

1967
The first IBM 1130 computing systems in Taiwan are installed.

1968
IBM opens a card plant in Peitou.

1969
The company conducts its first marketing training class for new employees.

1970
The Taiwan Power Company orders the country's first IBM System/360 Model 50, the largest IBM computer in Taiwan.

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