Increased internationalization in the 1950s and 60s

During the 1950s and 60s, Ericsson increased its operations outside Sweden. Previously, the company had mainly operated telephone networks in other countries on concession, but now manufacturing plants were established.

The establishment of manufacturing plants outside Sweden was a result in part of increased sales efforts and in part from being forced. Many countries, particularly in Latin America, demanded that the manufacture of telephone equipment should be located within the country.

Faced with the threat of being shut out of many markets, Ericsson established manufacturing operations in more countries than originally planned. As a result, and in part through more effective sales, Ericsson expanded strongly in international markets in the 1950s and 60s.