History

Month/Year Events
March, 1918 Konosuke Matsushita founded Matsushita Denkikigu Seisakusho at Daikai-cho, Fukushima-ku, Osaka and started to manufacture wiring instrument.
March, 1923 Bullet-shaped bicycle lamp developed and marketed.
April, 1927 Established "National" brand.
May, 1933 Relocated new head office and factory in Kadoma. Instituted divisional system.
August, 1935 Established Matsushita Electric Trading Co., Ltd.
December, 1935 Incorporated as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. on December 15, 1935 (10 million yen in capital).
May, 1949 Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange.
September, 1951 Listed on Nagoya Stock Exchange.
January, 1952 Formed a capital alliance with Nakagawa Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha (subsequently renamed Matsushita Refrigeration Company).
December, 1952 Established Matsushita Electronics Corporation through a technology alliance with Philips in Netherlands, and transferred four lamp manufacturing factories to this establishment.
May, 1953 Established the Central Research Laboratory.
February, 1954 Formed a capital alliance with Victor Company of Japan Ltd. (JVC).
December, 1955 Established Kyushu Matsushita Electric Co., Ltd. (subsequently renamed Panasonic Communications Co., Ltd.).
May, 1956 Established Osaka Denki Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha (subsequently renamed Matsushita Seiko Co., Ltd.).
January, 1958 Established Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd. (subsequently renamed Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.), and transferred communication equipment manufacturing section to this establishment.
September, 1959 Established Matsushita Electric Corporation of America (currently Panasonic Corporation of North America). (Since then, established manufacturing and sales sites at various locations in the world.)
January, 1961 Masaharu Matsushita became President of the Company.
August, 1962 Formed a capital alliance with Toho Denki Kabushiki Kaisha (subsequently renamed Matsushita Graphic Communication Systems, Inc.).
November, 1969 Established Matsushita Kotobuki Electronics Industries, Ltd. (currently Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd.).
December, 1971 Listed on New York Stock Exchange.
December, 1975 Issued U.S. dollar-denominated convertible bonds (100 million U.S. dollars at face value).
January, 1976 Established Matsushita Electronic Components Co., Ltd. (subsequently renamed Panasonic Electronic Devices Co., Ltd.), and transferred electronic device manufacturing section to this establishment.
January, 1977 Established Matsushita Household Equipment Co., Ltd., and transferred household equipment manufacturing section to this establishment. Established Matsushita Industrial Equipment Co., Ltd. (subsequently renamed Matsushita Industrial Information Equipment Co., Ltd.), and transferred industrial equipment manufacturing section to this establishment.
February, 1977 Toshihiko Yamashita became President of the Company.
January, 1979 Established Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd., and transferred battery manufacturing section to this establishment.
July, 1985 Established a finance subsidiary in U.S. (In May, 1986, established two finance subsidiaries in Europe.)
October, 1985 Established Semiconductor Fundamental Research Laboratory.
February, 1986 Akio Tanii became President of the Company.
March, 1987 Changed the fiscal year end from November 20 to March 31.
April, 1988 Absorbed Matsushita Electric Trading Co., Ltd.
April, 1989 The Company's founder Konosuke Matsushita passed away.
December, 1990 Acquired MCA INC. (MCA), a leading entertainment company (subsequently renamed Universal Studios).
February, 1993 Yoichi Morishita became President of the Company.
May, 1993 Dissolved partnership with Philips regarding Matsushita Electronics Corporation and purchased all shares of Matsushita Electronics Corporation which Philips held.
April, 1995 Absorbed Matsushita Household Equipment Co., Ltd.
June, 1995 Sold 80% equity interest in MCA shares, which a subsidiary of the Company in U.S. held, to Seagram Company Ltd. (subsequently renamed Vivendi Universal S.A.).
February, 1999 Cancelled 50 million shares of treasury stock by 98.8 billion yen of retained earnings decided by resolution of 91st Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders.
April, 2000 Made Matsushita Refrigeration Company into a wholly-owned subsidiary through shareexchange.
June, 2000 Kunio Nakamura became President of the Company.
April, 2001 Absorbed Matsushita Electronics Corporation.
April, 2002 Established a joint venture liquid crystal display panel manufacturing company, Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. with Toshiba Corporation.
October, 2002 Made Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd., Kyushu Matsushita Electric Co., Ltd., Matsushita Seiko Co., Ltd. (currently Panasonic Ecology Systems Co., Ltd.), Matsushita Kotobuki Electronics Industries, Ltd. and Matsushita Graphic Communication Systems, Inc. into wholly-owned subsidiaries through share-exchanges.
January, 2003 Instituted business domain system through business restructuring. Kyushu Matsushita Electric Co., Ltd. was merged with Matsushita Graphic Communication Systems, Inc.
April, 2003 Established a joint venture cathode ray tubes manufacturing company, Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display Co., Ltd. (currently MT Picture Display Co., Ltd.) with Toshiba Corporation.
Made Matsushita Electronic Components Co., Ltd. and Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd. into wholly-owned subsidiaries through share-exchanges. Created a unified global brand, "Panasonic."
April, 2004 Made Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. (subsequently renamed Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd. (PEW)), PanaHome Corporation and their subsidiaries into consolidated subsidiaries of the Company through additional purchase of shares of Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
April, 2005 Absorbed Matsushita Industrial Information Equipment Co., Ltd.
February, 2006 Sold the remaining shares of affiliated company of Universal Studios (formerly MCA), which a subsidiary of the Company in U.S. held, to Vivendi Universal.
June, 2006 Fumio Ohtsubo became President of the Company.
March, 2007 Made Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display Co., Ltd. into a wholly-owned subsidiary.
August, 2007 Excluded JVC and its subsidiaries from consolidated subsidiaries of the Company due to JVC's issuance of new shares and third party allotments. As a result, JVC became an associated company accounted for under the equity method. (Subsequently, in January, 2011, JVC was excluded from an associated company accounted for under the equity method)
April, 2008 Absorbed Matsushita Refrigeration Company.
October, 2008 The Company changed its name from Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. to Panasonic Corporation.
Absorbed Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd.
April, 2009 Sold all the shares of Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd., which the Company held, to Toshiba Corporation.
December, 2009 Acquired majority of the voting rights in SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) and made SANYO and its subsidiaries into consolidated subsidiaries of the Company.
January, 2010 Transferred the business of System Solutions Company, the Company's internal division company, to Panasonic Communications Co., Ltd., which was at the same time renamed Panasonic System Networks Co., Ltd.
April, 2011 Made PEW and SANYO into wholly-owned subsidiaries through share-exchanges.
January, 2012 Absorbed PEW.
Reorganized domain system to 9 domains and 1 marketing section through business restructuring.
April, 2012 Absorbed companies including Panasonic Electronic Devices Co., Ltd.
June, 2012 Kazuhiro Tsuga became President of the Company.
October, 2012 Established the Corporate Strategy Head Office.
March, 2013 Panasonic System Solutions Japan Co., Ltd. absorbed companies including Panasonic System Networks Co., Ltd., and was at the same time renamed Panasonic System Networks Co., Ltd.
April, 2013 Transformed to new basic group formation through business division system from business domain system.
Absorbed Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. subsequent to carrying out the incorporation-type company split of mobile phone terminal business and transferring mobile phone base station business to Panasonic System Networks Co., Ltd. in the company split.
Delisted from New York Stock Exchange.
March, 2014 Transferred all the shares and other related assets of Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd. to PHC Holdings Co., Ltd. and subscribed 20% of shares of PHC Holdings Co., Ltd.
June, 2014 Transferred semiconductor business to Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd. in the company split.