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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

ICL Was Here First


A recent article ("IBM, Kvant Team Up To Build Computers", Oct. 8) stated that "IBM has become the first Western computer firm to assemble computers in Russia".

ICL, through its joint venture company ICL-KMECS, has been assembling its mid-range UNIX system, the DRS6000, in Kazan since early this year. The first systems came off the production line in April and were on show in Moscow at COMTEK '93. DRS6000 production will be complemented before the end of this year by the commencement of personal Computer assembly at the KMECS factory. Like IBM, the ICL systems will utilize the Intel 486 processor.

ICL, which has been selling computers in Russia since 1969 and was the first foreign computer supplier to be accredited in Moscow, is pleased that IBM are, once again, following our lead and that they, too, recognize the skills of the Russian work force and the attractions of this difficult market place.

Stewart M. Thomson

Head of Representation ICL Russia and CIS Moscow