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Last Typewriter Plant on the Planet Closes

Clearly, no government in the world was willing to subsidize their continued existence.

It’s called “Technological Progress” folks.

Godrej and Boyce – the last company left in the world that was still manufacturing typewriters – has shut down its production plant in Mumbai, India with just a few hundred machines left in stock.

Although typewriters became obsolete years ago in the west, they were still common in India  – until recently.  Demand for the machines has sunk in the last ten years as consumers switch to computers.

The company’s general manager, Milind Dukle, told India’s Business Standard newspaper: ‘We are not getting many orders now.

‘From the early 2000s onwards, computers started dominating. All the manufacturers of office typewriters stopped production, except us.

‘Till 2009, we used to produce 10,000 to 12,000 machines a year. But this might be the last chance for typewriter lovers. Now, our primary market is among the defence agencies, courts and government offices.’

The company is now down to its last  200 machines – the majority of which are Arabic language models.

I don’t think ever in my academic career did I have to use a typewriter.  The only ones I ever did use belonged to my parents for when my dad operated an insurance agency out of the house.

Even my “Typing” classes were done on computers like the Apple IIGS.  (Ah, memories…)

Next on the list for extension…Whiteout!

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  • So long as we have a government, there WILL be white-out.

  • The CBC reports that it’s the last mechanical typewriter that has bitten the dust. There’s still a few electric typewriters (on which I learned how to type, badly) out there.