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Facit used to be a very successful Swedish company manufacturing mechanical calculators that quickly went down to its final demise by not being able to adapt to the shift towards electronic calculators in the 1970s (A common problem faced by similar companies, known as Facitfällan or "the Facit trap" in Sweden). Facit also sold, for a short time, a (sortof) home computer, the Facit DTC, and was active in the typewriter and punchcard and stripe business.

When browsing through eBay I found the following picture on an eBay ad (link might expire) for a Sharp MZ-800 computer:

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(Facit-Addo was created when Facit acquired one of its main competitors, Addo, in 1966).

This doesn't seem to be a simple trader's label, as it seems to be specifically made for the Sharp.

Here's the whole computer:

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I was not aware that Facit was ever into the home computer market beyond the DTC: Does anyone know why the Facit trademark appears on a Sharp MZ-800?

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    I know that Sharp's office products (computers and calculators where apparently a part of that) were sold through Addo-Sharp AB, a subsidiarity company to FACIT AB. Facit-Addo AG was, apparently, the sales organisation for FACIT AB in Switzerland. I have so far not found any digital traces about when this started and ended. – UncleBod Apr 28 at 17:16
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Facit were acquired by Electrolux in the mid 70's, and sold on to Ericsson in 1983. At that time, the company was restructured such that manufacture of computers and computer-related hardware would be reduced. That was presumably done to reduce internal competition, since Ericsson was also in that market at that time.

My guess is that Facit's distribution network was reappropriated at that point to get Sharp branded office equipment into Europe. Certainly there were plenty of MZ's in Scandinavia having been distributed by Facit.

  • It goes back to the time when electronic calculators started to be produced. Most European companies in the calculator bushiness (Olivetti being an exception) struck a deal with some Asian (normally Japanese) company about branding their products. Facit did that with Sharp. This seems to be the start of a quite long cooperation. Unfortunately, most documentation is not in digital form, so it is hard to search for exact information. – UncleBod Jun 13 at 9:18
  • Except, this machine wasn't distributed in Scandinavia (and I know of none being sold there as Facit) but in Switzerland. – Raffzahn Jun 16 at 10:57
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Facit already was in various cooperations with Hayakawa Electric - the company later renamed as Sharp - during the 1960s and 70s. During the mid-1960 Facit even held the worldwide exclusive rights to sell Hayakawa office products outside Japan/East Asia. So cooperation was close and it's safe to assume that there were contacts on all levels. Later a subsidiary (which Facit had a lot) named Facit-Sharp operated into the early 1980s.

At the time the MZ-800 was sold (1985) the remains of Facit (after selling off many assets) was already part of Ericsson's computer division for a good part of a decade.

Now, the Swiss Facit-Addo AG was a (mostly) independent subsidiary in Switzerland. Selling genuine Facit products, as well as their 'own'. Combining this it seems natural to combine the traditional contacts with Sharp and the idea to serve the microcomputer market as well.

Facit also sold, for a short time, a (sortof) home computer, the Facit DTC

Which itself was not a Facit development, but an OEM version of the Luxor ABC 800.

This doesn't seem to be a simple trader's label, as it seems to be specifically made for the Sharp.

Making fitting labels isn't a big deal - not now and not in the 1980s. Especially not when required by law.

I was not aware that Facit was ever into the home computer market beyond the DTC

Back then the MZ-800 was positioned more at the SOHO level.

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