History in Taiwan

1962

Company establishment, produce and sell radio, record player and speaker.

1962

The first record player HE-44

1962

The first vacuum tube radio GV-263

1963

Produce and sell transistor radio, Electric rice cooker, black and white TV

1963

The first TV set TF-37K

1965

Produce and sell toaster and refrigerator

1965

The first toaster NT-600F

1965

The first refrigerator NR-140AZ

1966

Produce and sell refrigerant compressor for refrigerator

1966

The first refrigerant compressor 100W

1967

Produce and sell electric fan, washing machine(WM), coils for TV, exporting high-end FM/AM transistor radio

1967

The first WM N-2000

1968

Produce and sell juice blender, transformer and motor for appliance

1969

Produce and sell AC, FM transistor radio, color TV, transistor TV with built-in battery.

1970

Produce and sell cold-air injecting freezer;set up service station

1970
1970

1971

Produce and sell automatic WM, refrigerant compressor for AC

1972

Produce and sell four-track stereo radio player, color TV, single-tub WM

1973

Produce and sell refrigerator with auto icing, electric fan with high safety, rotating electric fan, ventilation fan, radio cassette-recorder

1974

Produce and sell remote-control color TV, TV with timing function

1975

Produce and sell ultra thin refrigerator, one-piece motor, sell color TV to US

1976

Execute division management system; sell toaster to Southeast Asia

1976

First toaster exported to Southeast Asia

1977

Produce and sell frost-free refrigerator, split and vertical  AC,printing circuit board, precision ac/dc micro motor; sell black and white TV to Panama, toaster to Australia; win Group Award for Quality Management (GAQM) for TV and refrigerator

1977

Win GAQM for refrigerator

1977

Win GAQM for TV

1978

Export station-selector, electric cooker, refrigerator and WM to Japan, win GAQM for radio-recorder

1979

Produce and sell computer-controlled AC, motor for sewing machine; export refrigerator to the Middle East; win Minister Award for Quality Management (MAQM) for TV, GAQM for AC and WM

1979

The 10,000,000th exported radio

1980

Export refrigerator-use refrigerant compressor to the Philippines; win MAQM for AC; set up Electronic Circuit Lab with National Taiwan University

1981

Win MAQM for WM, GAQM for motor; export toaster to the U.S, produce and sell fly back transformer

1981

Premier Sun of Executive Yuan meet Masaharu Matsushita (L), president of Panasonic

1982

Produce and sell dryer and vehicle-use AC; JIS certification for speaker and electrolytic condenser

1982

JIS certification for speaker and electrolytic condenser

1983

‧Produce and sell automatic electric thermos, produce automatic machine and peripheral device.
‧Export walkman RF-444 to the U.S., export auto-feeder of electronic parts 

1983

The 1,000,000th refrigerator

1984

Produce and sell video recorder, remote controller, electric heater, computer terminal, monitor and peripherals; export car audio; open employees recreation center

1985

Produce and sell transducer and headphones, export video recorder to Japan.

1986

Produce and sell heater case, electromagnetism conditioner; electric standard mark for commutator and motor plant; export WM to Okinawa

1987

Produce and sell microwave oven, electric kettle and vacuum cleaner. Neon AD in Taipei and Ximending; radio-recorder wins the first CED certification; export vacuum cleaner to the U.S.

1988

Produce and sell air cleaner, electric sphygmomanometer, bread maker, printer, word processor,
monitor, audio-video device, speaker set

1989

Export juice blender to Singapore, refrigerator-use refrigerant compressor to the Philippines

1990

‧Execute integrated operation system of production and selling; produce and sell box-type AC, PC; the 1,000,000th color TV.

1991

‧Opening of Taoyuan production center for AC, conditioner and motor

1991

Opening of Taoyuan production center

1992

Export WM and 15'' color monitor to Japan;produce and sell range hood

1993

The 500,000th video recorder, the 2,000,000th refrigerator, the 50,000,000th radio-recorder

1994

Produce and sell computerized toilet seat, broadcasting system and accessories for cable TV; export refrigerator to Japan, the 10,000,000th axial fan; the 5,000,000th car audio, the 200,000,000th speaker.

1995

The 30,000,000th motor, production line of 600,000th juice blender per year

1996

‧Produce and sell auto GPS, dish dryer, dehumidifier; integrated production and selling of car audio; export video recorder to Thailand  
‧Complete the new building of Taiwan Panasonic Technology Service Center; win National Quality Award and Silver Medal of National Product Image

1997

Produce and sell photo printer, DVD, certified by ISO 14001

1998

Win Excellent Function Award of CED for refrigerator, start of gear motor production line Win Taiwan Excellence mark for seven products: refrigerator, WM, walkman, microwave oven, video recorder, color TV, and split AC

1999

The 10,000,000th car audio; refrigerator, WM and walkman receive Excellence mark; Gold Product Award and Design Award for info-TV, release "Tau" flat TV; execute internal sub-division system

2000

Flat TV TC-29TF12 win Gold Product Award and Design Award; the 2,000,000th color TV; ranked as the Outstanding Foreign Firm of Taiwan 1989, Industrial Excellence Award, Sustainable Improvement of Environment Management; PMST is founded.

2000

AD inside the Danshui Line of Metro

2001

The AD for AC wins the Golden Bell Award; strategic alliance with Customs Administration; integrated production(Taoyuan - Zhonghe)

2002

‧Start e-commerce in April; energy label for dehumidifier and refrigerator; Taiwan Excellence mark for TV, VCD player, refrigerator and WM.
‧Launch special goods for the 40th anniversary
‧PSST is merged in company system.

2003

Implement three years of quality guarantee, introduce the video conference system
‧Brand is unified as Panasonic

2003

In 2003, harmonize the brand to Panasonic in the world.

2004

‧Opening of Panasonic Manufacturing Xiamen Co., Ltd. (PMX), implement Domain system.
‧Export refrigerator to PRC, produce and sell LCD TV
‧Opening of customer meeting center and ‧design creativity center
‧Ranked as the Manufacturer of Outstanding Excellence

2004

Customer Meeting Center for the highest customer satisfaction

2005

‧Change the English name of the company to Panasonic Taiwan Co., Ltd (PTW)
‧Produce and sell ALIVH multilayer PCB and walkman Karaoke
‧WM, refrigerator, dehumidifier and video player win Taiwan Excellence mark

2006

‧Seven products win the Platinum and Gold medals of Trust Brand by Reader’s Digest  
‧Win the Best Brand of Breakazine by 14 products

2006

Award ceremony of Trust Brand 2006 by Reader’s Digest

2007

Four products win Gold Medal of Trust Brand from Reader’s Digest
‧Fifteen products win the Best Brand of Breakazine
‧LCD TV won the top in the brand health survey
‧Four products win Taiwan Excellence Award
‧Plasma monitor and roller WM and dryer win Silver medal of Taiwan Excellence
‧Visit of President Chen Shuibian on July 5th

2007

Plasma monitor won the Taiwan Excellence Silver Award 2007 and display in World Trade Center

2008

Win the 18th NQA
‧Fifteen products win the Best Brand among consumers
‧Four products win the Trust Brand of Reader Digest
‧PCST, PSST and PTST are mergered as Panasonic Marketing Sales Taiwan Co.,Ltd. (PMST) for a new start

2008

Trophy of NQA

2008

Win NQA in 2008, the only manufacturer won two times in 12 years

2009

• Five products rank the first in the Best brand by Management Magazine
‧Three products win the Trust Brand in Asia and Taiwan by Reader's Digest  
‧Large capacity inverter refrigerator NR-D562HV wins the Silver Medal of Taiwan Excellence
‧Export four-door inverter refrigerator with large capacity to Mid-and-South America
‧Bread maker receives great feedback in Belgium, the U.K. and Germany, with annual sales reaching +500,000 units
‧Start VIERA BUS provincial experience campaign  Launch massage sofa

2009

VIERA BUS starts from Zhonghe factory to destinations across Taiwan

2009

200904 Large capacity inverter refrigerator NR-D562HV wins the Silver Medal of Taiwan Excellence

2010

Launch ECO NAVI smart product‧Launch 3D VIERA TV.
‧Six products win the No. 1 Sale in Taiwan by GfK  
‧Rank the first in the Super Green Survey by Business Next   
‧Start environmental education program among primary schools

2010

‧Rank the first in the Super Green Survey

2011

The first coffee machine PMX NC-BV321 in mass production
‧No.1  Home Appliance in the Super Green by Business Next for two successive years.
‧Refrigerator, microwave oven, washing machine and air cleaner rank as No. 1 sales in the GfK_2010  Survey
‧20th anniversary of PMX
‧Six products including AC, refrigerator, WM, Flat TV, water purifier and air cleaner win the Gold Medal of Trust Brand by Reader's Digest, 2011
‧Completion ceremony of capacity expanding facility of ALIVH Zhonghe plant from 150m to 3m units/month
‧PTW sponsor the restoration program of Wanli beach of Xinbei which is named as Panasonic Beach
‧PTW companies announced the Taiwan Environment Declaration with goals to be already reached in 2015
‧PTW attends Taiwan Int'l Smart Green City Expo with integrated home solution
‧Panasonic five-blade razor creates a Guinness World Records with 1,981 persons in Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea using the razor simultaneously
‧Execute environment education program in kindergartens in ten Taiwan cities

2011

Witness the Panasonic Taiwan Environment Declaration with guests

2011

Sign the Sponsor Contract of Beach Restoration Program

2012

‧Plant 12,000 trees in a land of 10.5 ha named as Panasonic Forest
‧Visit of ALIVH Dayuan Plant by Vice President Vincent Siew, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs LIN Shengzhong and major of Taoyuan WU Zhiyang
‧Rank the first for three successive years in the Green Brand Survey by Business Next, winner of annual Super Green Award
‧Club Panasonic online. Guided by the idea that Every Customer is VIP, the Club is used for enhancing customer interaction including extending warranty.  
‧Host the press conference of Taiwan Panasonic Display Hall including show zones: 1. Smart HeMS; 2. ECO NAVI; 3. SMART VIERA; 4. Model Distributor; and 5. Company History
‧Panasonic wins six Gold medals for AC, refrigerator, flat TV, water purifier, air cleaner and home projector, and one Platinum medal for washing machine in the Trust Brand by Reader's Digest, 2012
‧Reexamination of scholarship to Japan 2013, with three student winners as Jiang Qinghua, Luo Guoyan and Xu Jixuan, including one for environment major
‧50th Anniversary Ceremony in Regent Taipei attended by former President Vincent Siew and other VIPs
‧50th Anniversary Ceremony attended by Minister of Economic Affairs SHI Yanxiang and Director of Xinbei Economic Development Bureau

2012

CLUB Panasonic online to extend warranty for members and enhance interaction with customers

2012

50th Anniversary Ceremony in the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, 2012

2013

‧Panasonic ranks the first for four successive years in the Green Brand Survey by Business Next
‧Panasonic products win 5 Gold Medals and 1 Platinum Medal of the Trust Brand by Reader Digest
‧>Taiwan Panasonic Display Hall is reviewed and evaluated by Xinbei municipal government. Receive the title of Xinbei Industry Cultural Center
‧ Panasonic is the only enterprise winning both awards of Outstanding Elite and Outstanding Achievement by MIT Smile Logo
‧Panasonic Taiwan companies attend Taiwan Int'l Smart Green City Expo hosted in the World Trade Center by integrated smart home solution.

2013

Panasonic Taiwan companies attend Taiwan Int'l Smart Green City Expo

2013

Award ceremony of MIT Smile logo

2014

‧PTW hosts the 1st Kick-off Meeting of B2B Solution Project for Panasonic Taiwan Companies
‧Panasonic ranks the first in the Green Brand Survey for 5 successive years  
‧Taiwan Panasonic companies as a group win the in-house President Award 2014 for the Taiwan Environment Operation‧Drive the Group by CSR. ‧PMX hosts the 23th anniversary ceremony. ‧To drive the smart green home program, Panasonic selects Tainan as the pilot city. The memorandum signing ceremony is attended by LAI Qingde, Tainan Major, OSAWA HIDETOSHI, President of Panasonic Corporation of North East Asia in China and HONG Minhong, President of PTW.
‧LIN Yuanchuan, the 13th and the first Taiwan native General Manager of PTW, takes his office.
‧A gas exploration occurred in Qianzhen and Lingya Dist. of Kaohsiung, killing 31 and damaging more than 300. Panasonic Taiwan companies and employees donated TWD10 million for disaster release.
‧Taiwan Panasonic companies hosted the first 2014 B2B Solution Exhibition in Taiwan. Centered by One Panasonic - Create New Value, the ten companies combine their resources for the integrated B2B solution for residence, hotels, stores and more.
‧Witnessed by Osawa Hidetoshi, President of Panasonic Corporation of North East Asia in China, GM LIN Yuanchuan and ZHANG Qiyu, CEO of TJPO sign the Letter of Intention for partnership in green technology.‧ The corporation is aimed to drive the development of green industry and smart green city.
‧Win the award of Green System Partners in the Excellent Enterprises Partner of Electronic Information by the Ministry of Economic Affairs
‧GM LIN of PTW, President LIN of PMST, GM Nishizawa of PESSTW cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of Panasonic B2B Store Showroom

2014
2014
2014

In-house President Award of Social Contribution

Signing Letter of Intention in partnership of green technology

2015

‧Director Mimoto, Division Manager Fujii and Director Tsujimura of the Panasonic Advanced Research Center visit Taiwan including TJPO, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Institute for Information Industry and Ministry of Economic Affairs for partnership opportunity, for cooperation opportunities.
‧Taiwan companies support the Earth Hour activity to turn off light for an hour, including the facades lighting and PMST neon AD, saving 1,250 kilowatt energy equal to 796 carbon dioxide absorbed by 25,000 trees per day‧Chairman LIN Yuanchuan hosts restart ceremony of Panasonic Supplier Club attended by 71 suppliers  ‧Ceremony hosted in the Yonghua City Council to donate 600 units of nanoe air cleaner to six south counties for the joint effort of fighting against PM2.5 (particulate matter) pollution
‧Donate 35 electronic interactive boards to the Five Campus of New Taibei County English Wonderland
‧Donate home appliances to students of Chung Shan Industrial and Commercial School for internship
‧The first Panasonic Green Life Creative Design Competition for university students  
‧The 50th anniversary ceremony of Refrigerator Unit hosted by GM LIN Yuanchuan and the tree-planting.  
‧Panasonic won the Green System Partners of 2015 IPO Award for its contribution to the green system industry ‧PTW wins the 2015 National Talent Development Award, GM LIN Yuanchuan receiving award from Minister CHEN Xiongwen of Ministry of Labor
‧Spread the environment education among children in ten cities and kindergartens

2015

Donate 600 nanoe air cleaner to six south cities

2015

Receive Award of NTDA (National Talent Development Award)

2016

‧An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude by Richter scale occurred in Meinong Dist. of Kaohsiung, killing 117 in Tainan and damaging more than 60 buildings.  Although in Chinese New Year vocation, GM LIN announced to donate TWD5.5 million
‧Ceremony of launching format system of Taiwan Panasonic Group CSR Report is hosted by GM LIN in Zhonghe Plant, attended by representatives from Taiwan Panasonic companies ‧President Tsuga of Panasonic Headquarters visits PMX ‧The 7th MD Meeting is hosted in Zhonghe Plant, hosted by Osawa Hidetoshi from CNA attended by heads of Panasonic Taiwan companies Announce the unified function structure of Taiwan with GM LIN Yuanchuan as the chief responsible for the whole area
‧Several Panasonic products are awarded for 2016 Trust Brand by Reader’s Digest for 18 successive years with 91 awards in total.
‧Awarded as the Excellent Enterprise in the 5th Xinbei Public Health Award. GM LIN Yuanchuan receives the award from Major ZHU Lilun of Xinbei.
‧The 54th election of Board of Directors and Board of Commissioners. Executive Director HONG Yujun is appointed as the President of TPW.
‧The first Japanese manufacturer of home appliance who release the CSR based on the GRI G4.
‧Panasonic won the Green System Partners of 2016 IPO Award for its contribution to the green system industry.

2016

Release the first CSR, the first in the Japanese manufacturer of home appliance

History of Panasonic

The history of Panasonic goes back to when Konosuke Matsushita founded Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works in 1918. See how the company evolved and developed into one of the leading electronics companies in the world today.

The Founder, Konosuke Matsushita

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