Launched First Products: Attachment Plug and 2-Way Socket
The founder, Konosuke Matsushita, was convinced that there would be a huge demand from ordinary households for convenient, high-quality wiring products. As a result, the company manufactured and marketed its first products, an attachment plug and 2-way socket. Since homes generally had only a single power outlet for one lamp at the time, a product that allowed the use of two lamps, or a lamp and an iron, was popular.
* The photo shows the company’s first products: an attachment plug (left) and, in 1920, a 2-way socket (right).Corporate History | Panasonic
Launched a Bullet-Shaped, Battery-Powered Bicycle Lamp
Panasonic launched a bicycle lamp using a special assembly battery and new miniature light bulb. Whereas dry cell batteries at that time had a short lifetime (generally around 2-3 hours), the company's battery had a lifetime of more than 30 hours, making it a revolutionary, hit product.Corporate History | Panasonic
Launched the “Super Iron”
Electric irons, which were considered to be a luxury item at the time, sold for about 4-5 yen, in an era when grade school teachers received a starting salary of around 50 yen. The price of the new model was lowered to around 3.5 yen by producing 10,000 units per month under the appointment of the founder, Konosuke Matsushita. This revolutionary low price was well received.Innovative Products: Super electric iron
Launched the Thermostat for the Electric “Kotatsu” Heater
Panasonic's first full-scale thermo switch was launched. With little operating noise, the product received high technical acclaim from throughout the industry.Corporate History | Panasonic
Launched the “Prizewinner” R-31 3-Tube Radio
This was Panasonic’s first originally developed radio set. Since the prototype model won first prize in a contest sponsored by a Tokyo Public Broadcasting Station (currently NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation), the product was called “Prizewinner” when it went on sale.Corporate History | Panasonic
Launched Panasonic's First In-House Dry Cell Battery
Accompanying the major hit sales of the National Lamp, the demand for dry cell batteries soared. As a result, the company acquired a customer's dry cell battery factory and began manufacturing dry cell batteries in-house.
Launched the GR-100 Electric Phonograph
The GR-100 console-type electric phonograph was launched.
Launched the "National Socket 2"
Utilized a 3-way switch for high lighting, low lighting, blinking, and dual-off operation.
Launched the "National Socket 1"
Utilized 2 lamps, single difference, dual-light blinking switch.
Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Fan
The company launched its first electric fan, an automatic oscillation (12-inch table top model).
Launched Panasonic’s First Home Dryer
Equipped with a brush replacement socket and a three-stage switch. Packaged in a wooden case.
Completed the First Prototype TV Model
In late 1935, Panasonic began researching a television receiver. In 1938, a prototype 12-inch CRT TV was produced. In May 1939, a radio transmission test was successfully achieved. Then, in July of the same year, this TV receiver was shown to the general public for the first time at an electrical inventions exhibition.
* The photo shows a home TV receiver developed in 1935.Panasonic Corporate History
Launched a Wooden Searchlight (Flashlight)
This product led the company's consumer production following the end of the WWII. The Japanese name for this flashlight came from an in-house naming contest and is still commonly used today.
Launched Panasonic’s First Fluorescent Lamp
The company launched the FL-20D, its first straight fluorescent lamp (daylight color, 20-watts).
Launched the MW-101, Panasonic’s First Washing Machine
After making an observation tour of the U.S. market, the founder, Konosuke Matsushita, instructed Panasonic engineers to produce a washing machine with the thought that “It was a highly important product to free housewives from the hard work of washing clothes.” As a result, in this year, the company’s first agitator-type washing machine, the MW-01, was released. In 1956, a washing machine, a black & white TV, and a refrigerator were called the “three essential status symbols” that everyone sought in Japan.Innovative Product: Agitator-type washing machine
Launched Panasonic’s First Black & White TV
Panasonic's first TV, the 17K-531, a 17-inch, black & white model, was released in the year before TV broadcasts began in Japan.Innovative Product: 17-inch monochrome TV
Launched the MX-2, Panasonic’s First Electric Mixer
Panasonic launched its first motor-driven kitchen appliance, the MX-2.
Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Refrigerator
Panasonic launched the NR-351, its first electric refrigerator. Refrigerators were called one of the “three essential status symbols” in Japan together with a washing machine and a black & white TV. Refrigerators were still too highly priced for ordinary households.Innovative Product: Electric refrigerator
Exported the PL-420, 4-Tube, 1-Band, Portable Radio to US
Since a market survey concerning exports to America revealed extremely large demand for radios, it was decided to begin by test-exporting 1,000 units of the PL-420 portable radio. This was the first step in opening up and expanding the U.S. market.Innovative Products: 4-tube 1-band portable radio
Launched the MW-303, a Rectangular Jet-Type Washing Machine
Panasonic’s first washing machine with wringers for water removal, the MW-303, was launched. The addition of this function eliminated the need for laundry to be squeezed by hand.
Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Rice Cooker
The EC-21, Panasonic’s first electric rice cooker was launched.
Launched the MC-1, Panasonic’s First Vacuum Cleaner
Panasonic launched its first vacuum cleaner, the compact handheld MC-1.
Launched Japan's First Printed Wiring Type Radio (3B-267)
The 3B-267 was Japan's first printed wiring type radio. The price at the time it was launched was approximately USD$37.00.
Launched the MC-2 Vacuum Cleaner
The MC-2, Panasonic’s first vacuum cleaner with a built-in dust collector, was launched.
Launched the MC-5 Cylinder-Type Vacuum Cleaner
The MC-5, Panasonic's first cylinder-type vacuum cleaner, was launched.
Launched the RQ-201, Panasonic’s First Household Tape Recorder
The RQ-201 Open Reel-Type Tape Recorder was launched after the start of the patent licensing of the AC biasing method that achieved high-quality magnetic recording over an extended period of time, and became the cornerstone of Panasonic’s recording equipment business.Innovative Product: Tape recorder
Launched the W-31, Panasonic’s First Window-Type Cooler
At the time, the air conditioner was called a “Home Cooler” and it was a window-type unit that was installed through the wall so that the ventilation flowed through the back of the unit, which was exposed to the outside.Innovative Product: Home air conditioner
Launched the MC-8 Cylinder-Type Vacuum Cleaner
The MC-8 cylinder-type vacuum cleaner, which became popular due to its unique cylindrical design and excellent maneuverability, was launched. This product helped spark the growth of Panasonic’s vacuum cleaner business.
Launched the T-10, the World's Smallest 6-Transistor, Ultracompact Radio
Panasonic released the world’s smallest pocket radio of its day.
Launched Electronic Calculators
Panasonic’s first electronic calculator was launched this year. Later, in 1969, the pocket-sized calculator was launched. In 1979, an electronic dictionary was launched for export.
Launched the SR-18 Electric Automatic Rice Cooker
This was the cornerstone of Panasonic rice cookers.
Launched the Industry’s First Color TV
Panasonic released the K21-10, Japan’s first 21-inch color TV, coinciding with Japan’s first color TV broadcast in 1960. A color TV, an air conditioner, and a car were called the “3Cs,” and replaced the three essential status symbols of Japan in the 1950’s, which were a black & white TV, a washing machine, and a refrigerator.
Launched the MR-500, Japan’s First Electric Automatic Dishwasher
The MR-500, the first electric automatic dishwasher with full-fledged rotation injection system in Japan was launched. The product never reached mainstream popularity, primarily due to its large size, as it was designed from the body of a washing machine, and its high cost.
Launched the MK-800, Panasonic’s First Clothes Dryer
Panasonic’s first clothes dryer model.
Launched the RQ-112 Open Tape Recorder
Panasonic’s first battery-powered portable type with No. 3 reel was launched.
Launched the T-801 2-Band, 8-Transistor Portable Radio
This was the first product marketed under the National Panasonic brand. Pursuing sensitivity and sound quality with the newest technologies, it featured a new design that was suitable for the new brand.
Launched the MJ-3 Juicer
At the time, the “effects of green vegetable juice” were commonly discussed, and Panasonic's juicer soon became a hit product accounting for approximately 80% of the market share.
Launched the "Technitone" SX-601, Panasonic’s First Electronic Organ
Panasonic’s first "Technitone" electronic organ, the SX-601, was launched. This marked the company’s entry into the electronic musical instrument market.
Launched the RJ-11 Transceiver
The RJ-11, which enabled communication for approximately 1 kilometers in urban area, 4 kilometers on flat land, and 40-50 kilometers over water, was launched.
Launched the "Panapet" R-8 6-Transistor Radio
The top panel of this small, distinctive, desktop radio served as a lid for holding small items like accessories. It was a hit product, selling more than a million units for a single model.
Launched the “Mysonic” RQ-303 Portable Audio Tape Recorder
This hit product was known as the “10,000 yen product.” While the standard price of tape recorders hovered around 20,000 yen at the time, the effects of this product helped Panasonic increase its market share above 50% during the second half of this year.
Launched the "Asuka" SE-200 Furniture-Style Stereo
Until the mid-1960s, “ensemble-type” stereos that integrated a record player, tuner, amplifier and speakers were popular in Japan. The "Asuka" appeared on the scene as a luxury stereo that was typical of the era. The stereo was designed in the style of luxury furniture that was suitable to be displayed in a waiting room. It was the recipient of Japan’s Good Design Award for this year. In 1996, it was selected to be included as part of Japan’s Good Design Super Collection.
Launched the T-100 Series Transistor Radio for Export
Launched as a 9-transistor, 4-band, high-performance portable. This product was a major hit in overseas markets.
Launched the “Saga” Furniture-Style TV
The "Saga" TV featured a modern style similar to Scandinavian furniture. Its rich walnut material and luxurious design helped it to win Japan’s Good Design Award for this year. In the five years following its release, this long-seller achieved a sales record of 1.3 million units and prompted the boom for furniture-style TVs in Japan.
Launched a High-Performance Compact Speaker Using the "Technics" Trademark for the First Time
The "Technics" trademark was used for the first time in the "Technics 1" EAB-1204 high-performance compact speakers.
Launched the N-7000, a Fully Automatic Washing Machine
Panasonic launched the N-7000, the company’s first fully automatic washing machine that enabled users to wash, rinse, and spin-dry laundry with one tank and automated the process from pouring in the water to the final spin-drying.
Launched the MC-1000C Vacuum Cleaner
Excellent stability and mobility that enabled efficient use in small spaces were achieved thanks to the mechanisms of the large wheel and front sled wheels. Designed by second-generation Japanese American designer Alan Shimazaki at the invitation of the founder, Konosuke Matsushita, the product has been highly evaluated and has left a mark in the history of Japanese design following the WWII. The product recorded a production volume of 630,000 units and received Japan’s Good Design Award for this year.
Launched the CS-80Z, Panasonic’s First Split-Type Air Conditioner
This was Panasonic’s first split-type air conditioner with a separate indoor unit and outdoor unit.
Launched the NE-700, Panasonic’s First Home-Use Microwave Oven
Launched the CX-801, Japan's First Car Stereo
Launched Japan's first cartridge type car stereo, which set a new record as a hit product. The CX-801 also received Japan's Good Design Award the same year.
Launched the RQ-210 Tape Recorder
This compact tape recorder adopted the compact cassette standard (cassette tape) and was awarded Japan’s Good Design Award for the year.
Launched the World’s First Azimuth Recording System VTR
The NV-2320, the world’s first azimuth recording system VTR, was launched. The innovative idea that improved recording density was deployed with VHS, βmax and DVC.
Launched the "Mica 1" TR-001, the World's Smallest (1.5-Inch) TV
Panasonic launched the "Mica 1" TR-001, the world's smallest black & white TV with a 1.5-inch CRT in the U.S. It made full use of advanced downsizing skills, which were the specialty of Japanese manufacturers. The "Mica 1" was also marketed in Japan the following year.
Launched the "Toot-a-Loop" R-70 and R-72 Radio Series
This fashionable design gained popularity because it looked like an art object. The R-70, lauched in this year was ball shaped, and the R-72, launched in 1972, had a ring shape for attaching to the arm. When the main unit was twisted, the tuner section would appear in this distinctive design.
Launched the "Technics" SP-10, the World’s First Direct Drive Turntable
Using direct drive motors, Panasonic commercialized the world’s first durable turntable with high rotational accuracy and minimal noise and mechanical vibration. The model received a variety of prestigious awards.Innovative Product: Direct-drive turntable
Launched the TH-5P1, the World’s Smallest 5-inch Portable Color TV
Starting with the CRT, all of the parts were miniaturized to achieve the TH-5P1, the world’s smallest 5-inch portable color TV. A three-battery system that supported the AC, dedicated battery and car battery was adopted to enable users to enjoy it inside their cars and outdoors.
Launched the World’s First Infrared Remote Controlled Color TV
In the midst of problems related to TV reliability, including parliamentary deliberation of operating errors by remote control units, the TH-6600FR was the world’s first to provide stable operation by infrared remote control. This system became the cornerstone for virtually all remote controlled electronic devices in use today.
Launched the "Technics" SL-1200 Record Player
This was the standard model of the direct drive player series, which had a reputation for sound quality due to its rotational stability and low noise. Produced for over 40 years with constant improvements made along the way, this model was beloved by club DJs around the world thanks to its strong torque and high durability, which were exclusive to this system. After discontinuing production in 2010, the brand was revived in 2014 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, and in September 2016 the SL-1200G, the successor to the SL-1200 series, was launched.
Launched the “Hayabusa” MC-8800C Silent-Type Vacuum Cleaner
The “Hayabusa” MC-8800C, which achieved the industry’s quietest operation, was launched.
Launched the "Panacolor Video" Integrated TV and Video (with Camera) Console
The first consumer-use “Panacolor Video” PV-550C integrated TV and video (with camera) console was the first product to package together the functions of a TV monitor, video and camera. This product enabled users to easily record TV broadcasts and record images using the camera.
Launched the TH18-E25 "Panacolor Quintrix" TV
The new "Quintrix" CRT featured greatly improved contrast and brightness. Its creative TV commercials also drew considerable attention, successfully bringing high recognition of the product name to a wide range of people. The sales record reached a cumulative total of 1.4 million units.
Launched the “Cool Top Wagon” KZ-1W, Panasonic’s First IH Cooker
The “Cool Top Wagon” KZ-1W allowed users to enjoy cooking safely and economically without the need to use fire. The KZ-1W featured a wagon shape that was easy to install in the kitchen.
Launched the RQ-543 Radio Cassette Player
The RQ-543 radio cassette player, which was developed especially for the Middle East region, became a hit product, achieving cumulative sales of approximately 4.2 million units over a period of 15 years. In the same year, the "Cougar" RF-1150 portable radio was also launched and became a hit model, with a luxurious metallic color and large speaker.
Launched the "Pepper" R-012 Transistor Radio
The revolutionary slim, 12.7-mm thickness and a compact size that fit easily into a shirt pocket were achieved. All of the controls were located on the top panel, so the radio could be operated while it was in a shirt pocket. This product was a forerunner of mobile audio devices that seem to be worn rather than carried. It became extremely popular as soon as it went on sale. It won Japan’s Good Design Award in 1977, and was selected for Japan’s Good Design Super Collection in 1996.Innovative Product: Thin radio
Launched the "Palook" Fluorescent Light
The Palook was released as the first commercial three-wavelength fluorescent light. With its high color rendering properties with a color temperature of 5000K, it provides a more natural tint and has improved the cold color image of conventional fluorescent lighting. The name Palook has continued to be familiar and synonymous with Japan’s fluorescent lights for over 40 years since its launch.
Launched Panasonic’s First Microwave and Convection Oven
Panasonic launched the NE-8600, the first microwave and convection oven.
* The photo shows the NE-8700 microwave oven in 1978.
Launched the "Mac Lord" NV-8800, VHS-Format Home Video
This was the first ever VHS-format home video. At the time VHS and Betamax were in competition to become the home video standard, but the VHS-format prevailed as the mainstream TV program recording standard during the late 1980s, and continued to do so for over 30 years until the emergence of the BD/DVD recorder.
Launched the "Concise Compo", Component Stereo
This revolutionary compact stereo enabled users to release audio systems from heavy stereo racks and set them up wherever they wanted to enjoy listening to music. It was awarded Japan’s Good Design Award for the year and had a significant impact on future Japanese audio designs.
Launched the VZ-C510 VHS Portable Video Camera
The , Panasonic’s first portable-type VHS video camera, was launched. The innovative model had a separate camera section and video deck section.
Launched the FF-393 Light Scope Microscope
The two-cylinder “transportable microscope” featured a battery-powered light. The portable size made it a must-have tool for nature observations, and for professionals who required high precision at manufacturing sites. This product became a long-seller for over 20 years.
Launched the "Technics" SL-10 Record Player
This was a fully automatic record player featuring a high-precision direct drive motor and linear tracking tonearm with a compact standard LP jacket-sized chassis incorporated with advanced technology. In 1980, it won Japan’s Good Design Grand Award. In 1996, it was also selected to be part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Launched the NV-6000 VHS Home Video with 6-Hour Recording Capacity
This product offered the world’s first 6-hour recording capacity.
Launched the RN-Z07 Tape Recorder
At 15.7 mm, this was the world’s thinnest microcassette pocket tape recorder. The product was awarded Japan’s Good Design Award for the year.
Established The International Electric Fan Manufacturing Company in Hong Kong
The International Electric Fan Manufacturing was established in Hong Kong. The company began the production of ceiling fans as the Panasonic Group's first re-exportation plant.
Launched the RJ-130 Transceiver
The RJ-130 transceiver, which featured a slim compact design that fit in your pocket, was launched and also won Japan's Good Design Award for the year.
Launched the Coaxial Honeycomb Structure Flat Speakers
In addition to having the world’s thinnest 6.5-cm body, the speakers also achieved Hi-Fi audio.
Launched the NR-304CV Refrigerator Equipped with Partial Freezing Function
Defying the conventional wisdom that “freezing is necessary for the long-term storage of food,” a partial freezing function at a temperature of -3ºC was adopted for this refrigerator model. Compared with freezing, foods don’t become hard, so they can be used for cooking as soon as they are taken from the refrigerator. The flavor and nutrients are also not lost due to the dripping that occurs during thawing. Merits such as these are highly appraised, and partial freezing has become a popular function on Panasonic refrigerators.
Achieved the Cumulative Domestic Production of 100 Million TVs
Panasonic started the production of monochrome televisions in November 1952, which was the year before television broadcasting started in Japan. In 1960, the company began producing color televisions, which were the first in the Japanese industry. Since then, popular models like the furniture-tone monochrome TV "Saga" (1965) and "Quintrix" (1974) helped to spread the growth of color televisions and Panasonic's cumulative total of production reached 100 million units in this year. In commemoration of this, the new media TV "α2000X" was released.
* The photo shows a commemorative celebration held in July at the TV Division.
Launched the “αTube” TV Monitor
This design expressed the concept that, in the simplest terms, “a TV is a CRT.” The screen is raised at an angle of 10 degrees to propose a “floor viewing style” that lets you watch the TV while it is placed on the floor. This model won Japan’s Good Design Award in this year, and was selected for Japan’s Good Design Super Collection in 1996.
Launched the "MacLord Movie" NV-M1, the Industry’s First VHS Integrated Video Camera
The “MacLord Movie” NV-M1 VHS integrated video camera, which was the industry’s first video camera to combine the previously separate camera section and video deck section, was launched.
Launched the SD-BT2, Japan’s First Fully Automatic Home Bakery
The SD-BT2 home bakery allowed users to enjoy freshly baked bread at home. After proposing this new dietary lifestyle, the product became a major hit. The home bakery became deeply rooted in the market, further improvements were made, and new menu proposals were continually added. In August 2012, it achieved a total domestic production volume of four million units.
Cumulative Domestic Production of Electric Fans Reached 50 Million Units
Kawakita Electric Enterprise Company, which was founded in 1909, entered the Panasonic Group in 1956 as the pioneer developer of domestic fans, in 1913, marked by the release of the first unit. In the 75 years since then, Panasonic has achieved a cumulative total of 50 million domestically produced units.The photo show the "1/f Fluctuation" electric fan, released in 1988.
Launched the "Nippon Daki" SR-IH18, the World’s First IH Rice Cooker
The world’s first electric rice cooker that used an IH system to directly heat the pot was launched this year. A square design was adopted for the rice cooker, which conventionally featured a round shape, to convey the innovation of technology. The ability to cook delicious rice with high heating power became a popular topic of conversation.
Launched the SST-1 Twin Loaded-Horn Speaker System, Which Reproduced Bass Sounds with High Efficiency and Low Distortion
The SST-1 speaker system features a unique shape resembling a wind instrument, with two horns of different lengths in the rear. The shapes and lengths of the horns are computer analyzed to achieve the optimal frequency response.
Launched the NV-W1 VHS World Standard VTR
This was the industry’s first worldwide compatible VTR to support the recording and playback of three image systems, including the NTSC system, which was used in Japan and the U.S., as well as PAL and SECAM. To allow use in various countries, it was also equipped with a voltage switching function.
Launched the "Brenby" NV-S1 Video Camera with Image Stabilization Function
The "Brenby" NV-S1 was equipped with a Fuzzy Gyro image stabilization function. By providing the new added value of enabling beginners to capture beautiful images in the video camera market, which was in the midst of a fierce size competition, this video camera became extremely popular.
Launched the NV-E505 Video Tape Recorder (VTR)
This model made it easy for anyone to set timer recordings for TV programs by reading a barcode. It also won Japan's Good Design Award for this year.
Launched the TH-36HD1, the Industry’s First High-Definition TV
The TH-36HD1 was the industry’s first analog high-definition (MUSE format) TV, making it the forerunner for the high-definition TVs of 1994 and beyond.
CU-G25V AC Outdoor Unit Won Japan's Good Design Award
Conventional outdoor units for air conditioners had oblong bodies with an unattractive appearance including a round grille. The CU-G25V used new technology to achieve downsizing. A cross-woven lattice was formed on the square front panel. This design was a good match for the appearance of residences and urban areas. As a result, the CU-G25V won Japan's Good Design Award for this year.
Launched the CN-V1000D Car Navigation System
The CN-V1000D featured a GPS function and Autonomous Navigation Sensor. Equipped with the first consumer-use automatic route search function, the user simply entered the destination. The system would then search for and display the recommended route.
Launched the Palook Ball Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb
The Palook Ball succeeded in miniaturizing the fluorescent light bulbs, which was typically used for commercial use due to its price and size, to the size of a light bulb with a reasonable price. Achieving a 70% share of the Japanese domestic market, this product helped spread the use of fluorescent light bulbs in households.Innovative Product: Bulb-type Fluorescent Lights "Palook ball"
Reached Global Production of 100 Million Irons
Panasonic's household electric iron, which came out in 1927, continued to be popular in about 60 countries around the world, and the cumulative global production volume reached 100 million units in this year. In 2015, cumulative global shipments exceeded 200 million units.
* The photo shows the 1st generation Super Iron released in 1927.
Began Mass-Producing Lithium-Ion Batteries
Mass production began for compact, high-capacity lithium-ion batteries, which were widely used in notebook PCs and smartphones. Presently, applications for these batteries are extending all the way from industrial use for powering electric vehicles (EV) to backup for cell phone bases, and electrical storage systems linked with photovoltaic batteries.Innovative Product: Lithium ion rechargeable battery
Launched the "3DO REAL" Interactive Multi-Player
As a forerunner of the 32-bit game machines, the 3DO-standard model was launched. In the beginning, rather than a single function game machine, the "3DO REAL" was marketed as an interactive multi-player home appliance. However, various factors combined to halt the growth of sales, including the high price of the hardware, the lack of software, and the explosive expansion of competitive products. As a result, the "3DO REAL" disappeared from the market in a little over two years since its release.
Launched the World’s First "PD" Optical Disk System
The world’s first "PD" optical disk system was launched. Achieved an optical disk rewriting capacity of up to 650 MB and 4-speed CD-ROM playback with a single drive.
Launched the NV-DJ1 3CCD Digital Video Camera
This model adopted a high-image quality DVC format and the 3CCD system to achieve high color reproducibility. By linearizing the optical axis of the lens and viewfinder and using a unique tubular body to make it easier to target subjects, the video camera received Japan's Good Design Award for the year.
Developed the World's First Titanium Lithium-Ion Secondary Battery
This world-first battery was developed as a back-up power supply for wristwatches that do not require battery replacement.
Launched the CN-V900D Car Navigation System
Launched the CN-V900D as a model with advanced functions, such as a dynamic route guide and VICS audio guide.
Launched the "Let’s Note" AL-N1 Notebook PC
The AL-N1, the first-generation "Let’s Note" notebook PC, which made its debut this year before the word “mobile” became so commonly used, was so popular that it was oversold from the moment it was released. Notebook PCs at that time most often used VGA (640 x 480-dot) STN LCD displays, and even the lighter ones weighed about 2 kg. In contrast, the AL-N1 featured an SVGA (800 x 600-dot) TFT LCD display, with a B5 size, and light weight 1.5 kg. The "Let's Note" was highly evaluated, making it a highly popular mobile PC.
Launched the "Dream," the World’s First Counter-Type DVD Player
The world's first DVD players, the DVD-A300 and DVD-A100 were launched. Using Panasonic’s original twin focus pick-up, the product was compatible not only with DVDs but also CDs and video CD playback. The DVD-A300 was also equipped with a built-in Dolby Digital AC-3 surround decoder. The product gathered the attention of many enthusiasts of full-fledged home theater.Innovative Product: DVD player
Achieved the World's First 200 Million-Unit TV Production Mark
In 1952, a year before TV broadcasting had started in Japan, Panasonic began producing black & white TVs. Over the course of 40 years since then, the cumulative number of sales exceeded 200 million in 1998. Later, in 2008, the company also achieved the world's first 300 million-unit record.
* The photo shows the shipping of the 200 millionth TV, a high-quality, flat-panel T (tau) series model.
Launched the CS-XG25M, the Industry’s First Air Conditioner to use R410 Refrigerant
Instead of the commonly used R22 refrigerant, this air conditioner used R410 refrigerant, with a lower ozone layer depletion coefficient. This allowed the company to achieve production that considered the environment at an earlier stage than many other manufacturers.
Launched a Digital Terrestrial TV in the US
Coinciding with the start of digital TV broadcasting in 1998 in the U.K. and U.S., Panasonic launched a digital TV and adaptor (set-top box) capable of receiving all 18 digital terrestrial broadcast formats in October of this year, in the U.S., a step ahead of the industry. For Europe, Panasonic launched a set-top box compatible with interactive digital satellite broadcasts from the U.K.’s BIB.Innovative Product: Digital TVs for the U.S.
Launched the “Corner Air Conditioner"
Launched the CS-PG28Y2 air conditioner, Panasonic's first model to be installed in a ceiling corner.
Developed an All-House, High-Density, Heat-Insulating Air Conditioning System
Panasonic's first all-house air conditioning system was developed using a current-free dehumidification system.
Achieved Global Production and Sale of 100 Billion Dry Cell Batteries
Since its acquisition of Komori Dry Cell Batteries and the beginning of its own production in 1931, Panasonic achieved the global production and sale of 100 billion dry cell batteries in 2001, 71 years later. It then exceeded 150 billion in 2010.
Launched the RR-XR330 IC Recorder with SD Memory Card Compatibility
Equipped with a 64-MB SD Memory Card, this IC recorder was capable of approximately 10 hours and 50 minutes of recording time. It included an LCD level meter to visually confirm the set recording level
Cumulative Global Production of Electric Fans Reached 100 Million Units
As the leader in developing Japan's first domestic electric fan, Panasonic reached cumulative global in June of the 90th year since the first fan was produced in 1913.
Launched the NR-C32EP, Japan’s First CFC-Free Refrigerator
The NR-C32EP, Japan’s first eco-friendly refrigerator that didn’t use CFC was launched. It also won Japan’s Good Design Award for this year.
Launched the "DIGA" DVD Video Recorder Worldwide
This year marked the worldwide release of two DVD-RAM recorders, a DVD-RAM/VHS hybrid recorder, and two DVD-RAM/HDD hybrid recorders, making a total of 5 products in all. This represented a turning point from tape recording to disc recording.
Launched the "VIERA," Panasonic’s First Flat Screen TV
Panasonic released "VIERA," the new-brand flat screen TV. Compatible with terrestrial digital TV broadcasts, the new TV offered a wide variety of advanced functions, such as the newly developed PEAKS (picture enhancement accelerator with kinetic system) engine and TV program guide. The screen device used either plasma or LCD, depending on the size. "VIERA" opened the curtain for the age of the flat screen TV.
Completed 100% non-CFC Conversion of Household Refrigerators
Because the ozone layer was being destroyed by Freon, which was a common refrigerant in refrigerators, switching to CFC substitutes was being carried out in the latter half of the 1990s. However, the substitute CFC contributed to global warming as a problematic side effect. Panasonic responded to this quickly and announced the first non-CFC refrigerator in Japan in November 2001. Three years later, in April 2004 for domestic, and September for exports, the company completed a 100% non-CFC changeover for household refrigerators.
Cumulative Global Production of Vacuum Cleaners Reached 100 Million Units
Panasonic achieved a cumulative production total of 100 million vacuum cleaners in October of this year, 47 years after the release of the first unit in 1958.
Achieved the cumulative production of 3 Million TVs in Mexico
The number of TVs produced in Mexico, which started in 1988, reached a total of 3 million units.
Launched the Blu-ray Disc Compatible Recorder and Rewritable Disc
Launched the DMR-BW200 and DMR-BR100 High-Definition Blu-ray Disc Recorders (Blu-ray DIGA) with HDD. Naturally, both models played back the BD-Video discs available on the market with high-definition picture quality, and recorded onto rewritable Blu-ray discs (BD-RE). This enabled easy enjoyment of high-definition images and high-quality sound.
* The photo shows the DMR-BR100 (top) and DMR-BW200 (bottom).
Reached the World's First TV Production Cumulative Total of 300 Million Units
After achieving a production total of 100 million units in 1985, and then 200 million in 1998, Panasonic again achieved the world's first of 300 million units in TV production in 2008, 56 years after their first TV was produced in 1952. Panasonic brands have televised the world’s consumer images through 100 million TVs under the National name and 200 million under the Panasonic name.
* Cumulative production by brand (National: 105 million units / Panasonic: 195 million units)
Launched the "VIERA," the World’s First Full-HD 3D Compatible TV
This product was the world’s first model to offer compatibility with 3D Full-HD images by putting on a pair of special 3D glasses. In addition to the dynamic images that appeared to jump off the screen, adding a significant sense of depth enabled viewers to immerse into the scenes as if they were there in real life. This model received a large amount of buzz thanks to 3D trend in the film industry.
Launched the Industry’s First “Double Head Base” Cordless Iron
This iron used a double head base, in which the front and back of the base are symmetrical, for smooth ironing in all directions. It reduced the cumbersome switching of the iron and greatly reduced the amount of time required for ironing. This was the first change to be made in Panasonic’s iron base shape since its first iron was released in 1927, 83 years before. The new model became a major hit, both in Japan and overseas, due to its ease of use.
Launched the "Pocket Doltz" EW-DS11 Compact Sonic Vibration Toothbrush
The compact size fits easily into a pouch. Having a simple design and allowing use in a manner similar to ordinary brushing, this toothbrush helped to spread the custom of “lunch brushing” using the electric toothbrush in Japan.
Launched the LAMDASH ES-SV61 Men's Shaver
This model marked the beginning of the 5-blade model.
Established the Extrema Factory, a Manufacturing Base for Appliances in Brazil
A new factory for large-scale appliances was opened in Extrema, Brazil. This factory, which served as a state-of-the-art manufacturing base for facilities, construction methods and product designs, began production of refrigerator and after washing machines in 2014.
Cumulative Global Production of Washing Machines Reached 100 Million Units
Panasonic Corporation Appliances, which started production on September 1951, achieved production of 100 million washing machine units on August 23, 2013.The history of Panasonic washing machines began when, the founder visited the American market and saw the washing machine commercialization. He thought that it would be an important product to release housewives from the heavy burden of housework. Product development began with his instructions based on this idea.In 1951, at the 13 plants in Osaka, the production of an "agitator-type washing machine" began. With the spread of full-fledged laundry machines in the Japanese market since the late 1950s, the cumulative total of 10 million units was achieved in 1972 and then 50 million units in 1998. After that, production in China and other Asian areas led to the increase of 50 million units to 100 million units in 15 years.
Launched the "4K VIERA" Next-Generation TV
This was the first “VIERA” model to offer compatibility with 4K UHD (2160p, 3840×2160), for images with approximately four times the detail of Full-HD. It was the world’s first consumer TV to comply with DisplayPort 1.2a/HDMI 2.0, and pursued the high picture quality of the 4K 60p frame rate.
Launched the RULO MC-RS1, the Company's First Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
Using a unique triangular (Reuleaux) shape and house dust sensor, this robotic vacuum cleaner cleans every corner of the room and alongside the walls.
Launched the “Q” Bladeless Air Generator
This bladeless air generator combined the features of a circulator and fan. Energy conservation effects could be expected by combining it with an air conditioner, and the innovative ball-shaped design became a popular topic of conversation.
Launched the HX-A1H Wearable Camera
This compact, high-definition, 2-piece camera separates into a camera part and body part. Because the camera part is compact and lightweight, it can be attached to the body or a head mount for hands-free shooting. It is highly popular for use in sports activities, making it possible to shoot active videos from the user’s line of sight.
Achieved the Cumulative Production of 10 Billion Dry Cell Batteries in Brazil
Panasonic Brazil marked the 50th anniversary of the foundation in this year that its production of dry cell batteries, which began in 1970, reached a total of 10 billion units, and a commemorative ceremony was held at the São José Factory.
Achieved the 1,000,000th Product Produced in Extrema Factory, Brazil
Extrema factory which produces refrigerator and washing machine, completed the 1,000,000th product produced in 5th Anniversary of foundation.