11-09-2013 07:13 AM
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  1. stalemate1's Avatar
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    And people say cellphones came out in the 90s

    Or perhaps Nokia was producing goods unrelated to electrics like Peugeot was making sowing machines before it made cars.
    10-30-2013 03:27 PM
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    And people say cellphones came out in the 90s

    Or perhaps Nokia was producing goods unrelated to electrics like Peugeot was making sowing machines before it made cars.
    lol they started out making boots
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    10-30-2013 03:30 PM
  3. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    lol they started out making boots
    They were making rubber products (boots being one) and electrical cable before they formed to create Nokia. The Nokia rubber factory still exists in the town of Nokia.
    10-30-2013 04:04 PM
  4. xandros9's Avatar
    I saw a post on reddit (/r/justrolledintotheshop)
    where it was an old NOKIA branded tire
    10-30-2013 04:24 PM
  5. stalemate1's Avatar
    They were making rubber products (boots being one) and electrical cable before they formed to create Nokia. The Nokia rubber factory still exists in the town of Nokia.
    Does the business still operate today selling rubber ?
    10-31-2013 12:50 AM
  6. stalemate1's Avatar
    What other old companies sold things completely unrelated to their product today ? Peugeot made sowing machines.

    What others do you know of ?
    10-31-2013 01:16 AM
  7. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    What other old companies sold things completely unrelated to their product today ? Peugeot made sowing machines.

    What others do you know of ?
    Smith Corona got started making typewriters and also made guns.

    Their current business is thermal labels.

    Smith Corona - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    10-31-2013 01:24 AM
  8. unnatixlr8's Avatar
    Nintendo used to make hanafuda cards (Japanese playing cards). They also did love hotels and taxi services.
    10-31-2013 02:26 AM
  9. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Does the business still operate today selling rubber ?
    You can still buy Nokia boots.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nokian-Footw...pUvbUpU2200775

    My wife's cousins live in Nokia. I can't remember if it's closed or if someone bought out the company.
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    10-31-2013 03:26 AM
  10. Coreldan's Avatar
    The "old Nokia"'s most prominent product nowadays are car tires, most likely, although I believe it has been made into it's own company "Nokian tyres". Regardless, they have been quite seperate from the mobile phone business for a long time :P

    Interesting is, that the city/town of Nokia is very far from where the mobile phone business started (Salo). The phones never had anything to do with the city of Nokia, which is where the name and company originates from. It started out by Nokia buying this local TV factory/manufacturer called Salora (we still have a few of those around from the 80s, working perfectly). After a while they started venturing other mobile technologies and "Mobira" was born, which was basically Nokia as we knew it for a few decades afterwards.

    I've been born and living in Salo all my life, I've also worked 4 different jobs within the Nokia campus, it's a real shame that it's only some R&D left anymore here.. the campus was really cool and big even if Salo is a small city and it doesn't really have to shame some other big corporate campuses anywhere in Finland. It was a great place to work too and see the mobile phone business from the inside :P

    It's also funny how my Nokia N8 was manufactured just few hundred meters from my home :D Sadly my Lumia 920 wasn't anymore :D
    10-31-2013 03:45 AM
  11. stalemate1's Avatar
    Anyone remember Namco ?

    They started out as giving children rides on the roof of an apartment store. See attachments for more info and history.
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    10-31-2013 05:46 AM
  12. stalemate1's Avatar
    Nintendo used to make hanafuda cards (Japanese playing cards). They also did love hotels and taxi services.
    They did a lot more than that. They even sold food.

    Here's a paragraph strait from Wikipedia:

    In 1963, Yamauchi renamed Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd. to Nintendo Co., Ltd. [15] The company then began to experiment in other areas of business using newly injected capital. During this period of time between 1963 and 1968, Nintendo set up a taxi company, a love hotel chain, a TV network, a food company (selling instant rice, similar to instant noodles) and several other things. [citation needed] All of these ventures eventually failed, and after the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, playing card sales dropped, and Nintendo's stock price plummeted to 60.
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    10-31-2013 06:02 AM
  13. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    They did a lot more than that. They even sold food.

    Here's a paragraph strait from Wikipedia:

    In 1963, Yamauchi renamed Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd. to Nintendo Co., Ltd. [15] The company then began to experiment in other areas of business using newly injected capital. During this period of time between 1963 and 1968, Nintendo set up a taxi company, a love hotel chain, a TV network, a food company (selling instant rice, similar to instant noodles) and several other things. [citation needed] All of these ventures eventually failed, and after the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, playing card sales dropped, and Nintendo's stock price plummeted to 60.
    A janitor of theirs actually created the Game Boy ;)
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    10-31-2013 06:37 AM
  14. stalemate1's Avatar
    A janitor of theirs actually created the Game Boy ;)
    Very hard to visualise, could imagine him messing around with Nintendos electronic waist and coming to his boss and saying look what I made. LOL if I was him I would have taken my invention and run away, then I'd sell it to get the capital I need to make more.

    It's almost as funny as saying "i work at NASA in the United states" but conveniently forgetting to mention that you are just the janitor that cleans the toilets on the premises. LOL
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    10-31-2013 06:49 AM
  15. AV2RY's Avatar
    BMW was making planes (engines) during WW One or Two))
    and thats where there logo is coming from
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    11-03-2013 02:11 PM
  16. stalemate1's Avatar
    BMW was making planes (engines) during WW One or Two))
    and thats where there logo is coming from
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    I remember...so was Rolls Royce for the Spit Fire. I think Saab as well but I think they made the entire aircraft and not just the engine...what happened to Saab anyway, haven't heard about them in years.
    11-04-2013 12:45 AM
  17. stalemate1's Avatar
    I still think it is very funny that Peugeot started out making sowing machines...what does that tell you about French cars ?
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    11-04-2013 01:09 AM
  18. anony_mouse's Avatar
    I still think it is very funny that Peugeot started out making sowing machines...what does that tell you about French cars ?
    That some of them are made by a company that once sewing machines?
    11-04-2013 03:23 AM
  19. anony_mouse's Avatar
    Even though Nokia didn't make mobile phones until the 1980s, they did invent the SIM card in 1872. All Nokia products since then have a SIM card slot. However, although the function is the same, the size is fallen significantly. You remember the old credit card size SIMs from the 1990s? In the 1890s, the card was approximately the size of a modern football pitch. If you have a suitable adaptor, you can still use one of those old SIMs in the modern Lumia, and your modern SIM in a 1872 rubber boot.
    11-04-2013 03:28 AM
  20. stalemate1's Avatar
    That some of them are made by a company that once sewing machines?
    That your leather and cloth work in the interior are the best in the world, lol
    11-04-2013 04:04 AM
  21. anony_mouse's Avatar
    Another fun fact from Nokia's history. The first Nokia mobiles each had a staff of 57 people, but a modern Lumia has just 43, despite having several extra features.
    11-04-2013 11:23 AM
  22. stalemate1's Avatar
    Another fun fact from Nokia's history. The first Nokia mobiles each had a staff of 57 people, but a modern Lumia has just 43, despite having several extra features.
    ...staff ?...employees ?...I dont have 43 people operating my phone...what do you mean ?
    11-04-2013 02:28 PM
  23. Coreldan's Avatar
    I would guess he refers to people directly involved in manufacturing and assembling. Nokia (well, like any modern Company that produces technical goodies) has some really impressive machines to do much of the work nowadays :P
    11-04-2013 03:41 PM
  24. gsquared's Avatar
    IBM started out by making clocks. HP started out making audio equipment.
    11-04-2013 05:39 PM
  25. stalemate1's Avatar
    IBM started out by making clocks. HP started out making audio equipment.
    Digital or analog ? Quartz or chronometer ?
    Last edited by stalemate1; 11-05-2013 at 07:05 AM.
    11-05-2013 03:48 AM
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