Wednesday, April 04, 2007

IBM celebrates 90 years of presence in Brasil

90 years of IBM in Brasil
IBM is celebrating today and tomorrow it's 90th anniversary since opening shop in Brasil, back in 1917 when it was still called Computing Tabulating Recording Company. In 1920 it was contracted by the Brazilian Government for tracking the census of 1920. In this same year the first typewriters were introduced by CTR Co.

Here are a few facts about IBM in Brazil:
  • IBM Brazil was the first subsidiary to be opened by IBM outside the United States.
  • 1924: IBM is officially registered in Brazil as International Business Machines Co. of Delaware.
  • 1939: Thomas Watson opens IBM's first factory in South America, at Benfica, Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1949: IBM World Trade Corporation is the new name for it's operation in Brazil.
  • 1960: The company's registration changes again to "IBM do Brasil".
  • 1963 marks the opening of IBM's branch office in Brasil's new capital, Brasília.
  • In 1971 the factory at Sumaré in the state of São Paulo marks the beginning of a new era, with production of the S/370 beginning one year later in 1971. This site is today known as the Centro de Tecnologia IBM, where it's Global Delivery Center is located on what was once the factory floor.
  • In 1981 IBM do Brasil begins shipping PROFS, it's mainframe-based e-mail system.
  • Another name change in 1984: IBM Brasil.
To celebrate, IBM has brought Project Bandaloop for 2 free shows which will be performed at IBM Brasil's headquarters in São Paulo:
IBM celebrates 90 years in Brazil with a show from Project Bandaloop at it's headquarters in São Paulo.

The shows will be on April 4 and 5, starting at 9PM. If you're in the area, be sure to check it out!

More info at
Location: IBM Brasil - Rua Tutóia, 1157, São Paulo
Additional info: Expansão do centro de Hortolândia retrata guinada da IBM no Brasil

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