German typewriter makers such as Bandermann and Olympia have cited climbing sales amid NSA spying revelations.
"We sell about 10,000 [typewriters] every year," Bandermann manager Rolf Bonnen told The Local. "We’ve seen an increase because Brother left the market [in 2012],” he added. The company's sales jumped by one-third over last year since 2012.
Triumph Adler, which is part of Bandermann, began advertising its typewriters as 'Bug proof. NSA proof” in 2013 in order to attract more consumers.
Meanwhile, Olympia spokesperson Andreas Fostiropoulis told Wirtschaftswoche magazine that the company expects typewriter sales to hit a 20-year high in 2014. "We will certainly cross the 10,000 threshold," Fostiropoulis said. He added that he has had some orders from Russian partners.
German defense contractor Diehl switched from computers to typewriters last year.