In a month that we celebrate the 40th birth of computer mice, Logitech announced that the company shipped its billionth mouse. The company was founded in 1981 in Switzerland, shipped its first product in 1985. 23 years later, the company shipped its one billionth el Raton.
More interesting number is just how fast the computer industry developed – between 1985 and 1996, Logitech shipped 100 million mice. In 12 years between 1996 and 2008, Logitech shipped another 900 million. Out of these 900 million, roughly 500 million were shipped in the last five years.
This number is also a testament at what rate the company is expanding, and it is no wonder that a lot of companies ended up squeezed out from the market. Microsoft and Logitech are battling for lion share of the market, and as a consequence – high quality products appeared from other smaller companies, while the crap products of yesteryear perished.
Yet, a lot of new companies appeared with niche products and survived – Razer, for instance. As a small bonus, I added a gallery into this news, showing some products that never left the labs… and a small comment on the OEM/ODM side of business.