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Logitech produces its billionth mouse

The Swiss-founded electronics company Logitech on Wednesday said it had produced its billionth computer mouse.

The landmark peripheral rolled off a line in the company's factory in Suzhou, China.

"It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company," said Rory Dooley, Logitech's general manager.

The milestone coincides with the fortieth anniversary of the first public demonstration of the computer mouse.

The first Logitech mouse was produced in Le Lieu, in canton Jura. The company today sells the ubiquitous devices in more than 100 countries and manufactures them at a rate of 376,000 per day, or close to 4.5 per second.

Computer experts are however predicting the decline or even demise of the conventional mouse, which may be replaced with touch-screen and motion sensing technology.

Logitech was founded in a farmhouse in Apples, in canton Vaud and is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange. It has a large presence in Silicon Valley and employs around 8,000 people around the world.


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