Godrej and Boyce, the last company to make manual typewriters, has closed its plant in Mumbai, leaving the typewriter officially a product of the past.
The reason put forth by the company for the closure being paucity of orders.
From the early 2000s due to invasion of computers, typewriters value have steadily faded. All the manufacturers of office typewriters stopped production, except Godrej.
Till 2009, Godrej were reported to be getting orders for around 10,000 to 12,000 machines a year.
When the company started its operations in the 1950s, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru mentioned typewriters as a symbol of independent and industrialised India. The major typewriter manufacturers in the world included companies like Remington Rand, Olivetti, Smith-Corona, Adler-Royal, Olympia, Nakajima and Godrej.
During the golden years, Godrej exported typewriters many countries.
For those who love the ping of margin bells or are eager to have a piece of history, there are 500 opportunities waiting, as the company has only 500 machines left. The machines are of Godrej Prima, and will be sold at a maximum retail price of Rs 12,000
source: Business Standard