Robotron Bürotechnik

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN GERMANY

‘VEB Kombinat Robotron’ was the biggest East German electronics manufacturer. It was based in Dresden and employed 68,000 people in 1989. The company consisted of several businesses like this ‘Robotron Bürotechnik’ in Chemnitz.

In 1885 there was a bicycle factory on this site. In the eraly 1900s a typewriter factory bought the factory. After the Second World War the ‘Mechanik Büromaschinenwerk Wanderer’ was housed in the factory. It was merged into the Robotron company in 1984.

The bürotechnik division made office equipment and had its headquarters in Karl-Marx-Stadt. The city was renamed Chemnitz in 1990. ‘Robotron Bürotechnik’ produced personal computers, SM EVM minicomputers and the ESER mainframe computers. But also several computer related hardware products as well as radios and television sets. Not only computers, also the radio turntables ‘Stereo Set 4000’ and ‘Stereo Set 4001’ were produced here.

On 30 June 1990 the Kombinat Robotron was liquidated and the divisions were converted into different small companies. In the 1990s these companies were sold to Siemens Nixdorf, or also liquidated. I visited the factory in 2009 en 2013.

Built 1900
Abandoned 1992
Demolished 2010
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
Robotron Bürotechnik
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