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Olivetti An Italian company, based in Ivrea and originally well known for manufacturing office machinery, particularly typewriters. It first started to develop computers in the 1960s but sold its computer interests to General Electric in 1968, by whom they were subsequently sold to Honeywell. It re-entered the market with a range of small machines in the late 1970s and is now an important supplier of office systems; it is number 14 in terms of revenue in the list of the world's top IT suppliers (1993 figures).

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