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1981 On Oct. 2, Logitech S.A. is officially formed by Daniel
Borel, Pierluigi Zappacosta and Giacomo Marini. The first office is in Apples, Switzerland. The company signs its first contract to develop desktop publishing software for Ricoh of Japan.
1982 Logitech Inc. is formed in the U.S., and the company opens its doors at 165 University Ave., a location that later houses a succession of notable Silicon Valley startups, including
1982 Logitech shows a prototype of its first computer mouse,
the P4, at the Comdex technology trade show in Las Vegas.
1984 Logitech secures its first major OEM win, with HP, a deal that then reaches approximately 25,000 mice sold per year.
1985 Logitech introduces the C7, its first retail mouse.
Available for under 0 in the U.S., the C7 is viewed by many as a breakthrough in technology and price.
1986 Logitech opens a manufacturing center in Hsinchu,
Taiwan, establishing the company s first formal presence in Asia.
Hsinchu continues to be a key center for Logitech s worldwide operations and engineering.
1987 After a few meetings with Apple executives in Apples,
Switzerland, Logitech eventually reaches an OEM agreement to manufacture mice for Macintosh® computers sold in Europe.
1988 Logitech opens facilities in Cork, Ireland, to support its bustling OEM business in Europe and the rapidly growing demand for its mice. At first a hub for OEM sales, manufacturing,
distribution, and engineering, the offices today remain a center for Logitech s OEM sales support and mechanical engineering.
1988 Logitech files to hold an initial public offering and, in July,
goes public on the SWX Exchange in Switzerland.
1989 Logitech introduces the Series 9 mouse, the company s first mouse designed to fit the natural curve of a hand and its fingers. The ambidextrous, arching mouse is a departure from the familiar box shape. Comfort would become a core attribute of many future Logitech products.
Introduced in late
1985, the Logitech
C7 Mouse, shown