Panasonic is celebrating its centennial year in 2018.
Learn about our 100-year history and events for the anniversary.

History in Panasonic Malaysia

1976

Matsushita Sales & Service Sdn Bhd (MASCO) established.

Photo of Matsushita Sales & Service Sdn Bhd (MASCO) established

1979

Kedai National was launched nationwide. Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Matsushita was awarded 'Tan Sri' title by His Honorable Yang Amat Berhormat Dato Hussein Onn, Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Photo of Kedai National was launched nationwide. Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Matsushita was awarded 'Tan Sri' title by His Honorable Yang Amat Berhormat Dato Hussein Onn, Prime Minister of Malaysia
Photo of Kedai National was launched nationwide. Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Matsushita was awarded 'Tan Sri' title by His Honorable Yang Amat Berhormat Dato Hussein Onn, Prime Minister of Malaysia

1980

Konosuke Matsushita awarded “Tan Sri” title by YAB Dato’ Hussein Onn, Prime Minister of Malaysia. .

Photo of Konosuke Matsushita awarded “Tan Sri” title by YAB Dato’ Hussein Onn, Prime Minister of Malaysia

1981

MASCO moves into own building at Lot 10, Jalan 13/2, Petaling Jaya.

Photo of MASCO moves into own building at Lot 10, Jalan 13/2, Petaling Jaya

1989

Sponsorship of 15th SEA Games.

Photo of Sponsorship of 15th SEA Games

1991

Launch of nationwide sales & service network coverage.

Photo of Launch of nationwide sales & service network coverage

1992

MASCO changes name to National Panasonic Malaysia (NPM).

Photo of MASCO changes name to National Panasonic Malaysia (NPM)

1st billion in sales achieved.

Photo of 1st billion in sales achieved

1996

National Panasonic Malaysia celebrates 20th Anniversary.

Photo of National Panasonic Malaysia celebrates 20th Anniversary

2000

Official opening of Kuantan & Kota Bahru branches.

Photo of Official opening of Kuantan & Kota Bahru branches

2001

Official opening of National Panasonic Malaysia Distribution Centre.

Photo of Official opening of National Panasonic Malaysia Distribution Centre

Panasonic becomes title sponsor for F1 Toyota Racing Team

Photo of Panasonic becomes title sponsor for F1 Toyota Racing Team

2002

Won Reader’s Digest Superbrand award for the first time.

Photo of Won Reader’s Digest Superbrand award for the first time

2003

Global brand unification exercise, National brand becomes Panasonic brand and brand slogan “Ideas For Life” created.

Photo of Global brand unification exercise, National brand becomes Panasonic brand and brand slogan “Ideas For Life” created

National Panasonic Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. becomes Panasonic Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Photo of National Panasonic Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. becomes Panasonic Malaysia Sdn. Bhd

2004

Air-conditioner business transferred from Matsushita Industrial Corporation Sdn. Bhd.(MAICO) to Panasonic Malaysia.

Photo of Air-conditioner business transferred from Matsushita Industrial Corporation Sdn. Bhd.(MAICO) to Panasonic Malaysia

Panasonic Malaysia awarded MS 1SO 14001:1997 Standard Certification for Environmental Management Systems by SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd.

Photo of Panasonic Malaysia awarded MS 1SO 14001:1997 Standard Certification for Environmental Management Systems by SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd

2005

Launch of Kid Witness global video education programme.

Photo of Launch of Kid Witness global video education programme

Kunio Nakamura, Chairman of Panasonic Corporation awarded Datukship by DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong

Photo of Kunio Nakamura, Chairman of Panasonic Corporation awarded Datukship by DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong

2006

Panasonic Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. celebrates 30th Anniversary.

Photo of Panasonic Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. celebrates 30th Anniversary

Panasonic Malaysia jointly contributed with Panasonic Group of Companies the sum of RM70,364.04 to the Yogyakarta Earthquake Relief Fund

Photo of Panasonic Malaysia jointly contributed with Panasonic Group of Companies the sum of RM70,364.04 to the Yogyakarta Earthquake Relief Fund

2007

Received the first Brand Laureate Award in the Corporate Branding Category – Best Brands Electronic Appliances.

Photo of Received the first Brand Laureate Award in the Corporate Branding Category – Best Brands Electronic Appliances

2008

Introduced Eco Ideas campaign.

Photo of Introduced Eco Ideas campaign

Introduced Eco Ideas campaign. Panasonic Malaysia together with Panasonic Group of Companies donated RM34 million Sports Complex to Ministry of Youth

Photo of Introduced Eco Ideas campaign. Panasonic Malaysia together with Panasonic Group of Companies donated RM34 million Sports Complex to Ministry of Youth

Panasonic Malaysia launched Lumix Club Facebook

Photo of Panasonic Malaysia launched Lumix Club Facebook

2009

Panasonic Malaysia Logistics and Distribution Centre groundbreaking ceremony.

Photo of Panasonic Malaysia Logistics and Distribution Centre groundbreaking ceremony

Introduced Mottaintai to pre-school children.

Photo of Introduced Mottaintai to pre-school children

ECO exhibition at Mid Valley Exhibition Hall.

Photo of ECO exhibition at Mid Valley Exhibition Hall

2010

Appointment of first Malaysian MD, Jeff Lee.

Photo of Appointment of first Malaysian MD, Jeff Lee

Participated in first IGEM exhibition.

Photo of Participated in first IGEM exhibition

ECO exhibition at Mid V alley Exhibition Hall.

Photo of ECO exhibition at Mid V alley Exhibition Hall

2011

Panasonic Malaysia declared ‘Panasonic Energy for an ECONATION’.

Photo of Panasonic Malaysia declared ‘Panasonic Energy for an ECONATION’

Promoting eco initiatives
- ECONATION CENTRE and iGEM 2011.

Photo of Promoting eco initiatives - ECONATION CENTRE and iGEM 2011

Showcased the world’s largest 152” 3D Plasma
TV at Universal Walk, Genting.

Photo of Showcased the world’s largest 152” 3D Plasma TV at Universal Walk, Genting

2012

New headquarters expected to be completed in 2012 and will be recognised as a Green Building with Green Building Index (GBI) rating.

Photo of New headquarters expected to be completed in 2012 and will be recognised as a Green Building with Green Building Index (GBI) rating

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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