Corporate History

Panasonic starts with a desire to create things of value. As hard work and dedication result in one innovative product after another, the fledgling company takes its first steps towards becoming the electronics giant of today.


  Corporate History Product Timeline
1982   CD Player
1983 ACTION 86 initiated  
1985   VHS Camcorder
1986 Akio Tanii becomes president  
1987 Joint venture company with Beijing established  
1988 MET merges with MEI  
1989 Death of company founder Konosuke Matsushita  
1990 Addition of MCA to the Panasonic group Notebook Personal Computer
1991 Environmental charter set forth 1/2-inch Broadcasting Digital VTR "D-3"
  Cellular Phone "Mova P"
  Rewritable Optical Disc Recorder
1992 Information and Communications Systems Center opens  
1993 A new departure under Yoichi Morishita Bulb-type Fluorescent Lights "Palook ball"
Matsushita Dissolves Partnership with Philips  
1994   Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
1995 80 Percent of MCA Share Sold to Seagram Co. Ltd.  
1996 Releasing the Industry's First-ever Digital Mobile Phone Weighing Less than 100g DVD Player
  Plasma Display
1997 Introducing the System of Internal Division Companies DVD Car Navigation System
1998 Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Our Founding DVCPRO Series Video System
Digital Television Sets Released in the US Portable DVD player
  Digital TVs for the U.S.
2000 Kunio Nakamura Assumes the Position of President  
A Time Capsule Is Opened for the First Time in 30 Years  
2001 Domestic Consumer Products Sales and Distribution System Reformed  
2003 The Group Gets a New Start by Dividing into Business Domains  
Unification under the Global Brand "Panasonic" Delivering to the World the Global Brand Slogan "Panasonic ideas for life"  
2004 Toward a Comprehensive Partnership with Matsushita Electric Works  
Stone Monument Erected to Mark Where Founder Konosuke Matsushita Started the Business  
2005 Striving toward the Goal of Global No.1 Share for Plasma Television Sets  
2006 President Ohtsubo Takes the Helm  
2007 Announcement of the "Eco Ideas Declaration" Bringing to People of the World an Eco Mindset That is One Step Evolved  
2008 Company name change from Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. to “Panasonic Corporation”  
2009 Making SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. a consolidated subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation  
2010 Announcement of Group vision, which is to become the “No.1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry”,
looking to the 100th anniversary of our founding in 2018.
2011 Making Panasonic Electrics Works Co., Ltd. and SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. wholly-owned subsidiaries.  
2012 A new group organization starts  
Kazuhiro Tsuga becomes the president of Panasonic Corporation