IBM's original factory in Amsterdam, the Netherlands -- which opened in 1952 -- was succeeded in 1960 by a second plant (seen here) for the exclusive production of IBM office products. A year later, the facility was turning out the new IBM Selectric Typewriter -- the first â€œgolf ballâ€� element typewriter -- for customers in Europe. By 1966, the plant had produced its 10,000th typewriter. In 1968, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands opened a new IBM plant. It had more than 1,300 employees who produced the IBM 72 and Magnetic Tape 72 typewriters and Composers, along with several models of input/output typewriters. More than 90 percent of that production was exported.
In 1975, the Amsterdam facility marked the production of its one millionth IBM Selectric Typewriter, and it celebrated its Silver Anniversary two years later, when there were 2,000 employees manufacturing composers and typewriters.
In 1980, the two millionth typewriter was produced in Amsterdam. Later in the decade, the plant manufactured electronic typewriters, electronic keyboards, controllers, quality matrix and industry printers, printers for banking systems, printers for IBM Personal Computers, and cables. (VV8002)