The company succeeded in developing a motor, a product that was dominated by heavy electric machinery manufacturers. The founder, Konosuke Matsushita, predicted that, "Someday, there will definitely be 10 motors used in every home." His prediction came true and after the WWII, motors came into widespread use in home appliances.Innovative Product: 1/2-horsepower, 3-phase induction motor
Utilizing Panasonic's radio technology, wireless equipment was sold as special products during the WWII.
The company launched the FL-20D, its first straight fluorescent lamp (daylight color, 20-watts).
Panasonic launched its first motor-driven kitchen appliance, the MX-2.
Achieved a triple-phase, 6-pole, 3 horsepower motor. This was the foundation of Panasonic's motor development.
Panasonic released a taxi radio base station and unit consisting of a compact transceiver with integrated power supply. Both products later became the foundation for consumer wireless devices and went on to be best-selling models.
Began the mass production of fixed resistor production, marking the start of the age of automated production.
With an aim to improve people's lives in Myanmar, a delegation from Myanmar visited Japan to seek support from Konosuke Matsushita. The Ministry of Defense and Konosuke Matsushita then started the ‘Matsushita project’ (10-year term), by signing a contract to provide technical support and supply parts for household appliances.
Panasonic launched the NE-100F, Japan’s first mass-produced microwave oven.
Jet fans are used to ventilate expressway tunnels. Panasonic began developing these fans in 1964, and made steady progress in their production. In December 1996, the company reached a cumulative total of 1,000 jet fans. They are presently installed in 150 locations in Japan, accounting for the top domestic market share. The "high-band tunnel" was completed in Vietnam in June 2005, as the company's first overseas tunnel ventilation project.
The automatic traffic-actuated signal control was developed upon request from the National Police Agency. Based on the detected amount of road traffic, the system provided optimal control for the length of the traffic signals. The intersections where the systems were installed saw a 35% reduction in road traffic. The following year, the systems were installed in over 100 locations along the country’s main roads.
The East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania all restricted the importation of dry cell batteries from Japan in 1965. Following this, Panasonic’s first African battery manufacturer, East Africa Matsushita Electric was established, and local production began due to strong demand from the local sales company in Africa’s British regional agency.
The multi halogen lamp was released as a new light source with 1.5 times the brightness of the conventional mercury lamp. Featuring a crisp, pure white light, this lamp highly natural colors, it was well suited to a wide range of uses, from roads and plazas outdoors to large-scale, indoor facilities such as terminals, and signboard illumination.
Using the unique hot press method, the company succeeded in mass producing ultrahigh-density ferrite materials that enabled precise machining for excellent electrical and magnetic characteristics at high frequency.
Panasonic launched the world’s first high-speed video tape copying device using a contact transfer system.
Panasonic launched its first high-voltage sodium light, which was more efficient than mercury lamps. Centering on the field of factory illumination, which used a large amount of illumination, the high-voltage sodium light was commonly used as a replacement for the mainstream mercury lamp.
The company took the lead in Japan's automatic component mounting.Innovative Product: Fully-automated component insertion machine "Panasert"
The NV-8020, the world’s surveillance VTR, was launched. Video recording became much easier than film recording.
Used the world's first liquid insulation system.
Until the deregulation of telephone lines in March 1973, the demand for facsimile machines was limited to the government, news media, and a few major corporations because they used leased or semi-leased lines operated by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (currently NTT). Simultaneously with the deregulation of the telephone lines, Panasonic launched the "Panafax 2000," Japan’s first full-scale facsimile for office use. By integrating the transmitter and receiver, which were originally separated, and enabling users to operate it through a leased line or a landline, it instantly became a best-selling product.
National Electronic Components Brazil was established as Panasonic's first local parts business in Latin America. The company started the production of coils, transformers, adjustment knobs, speakers and so on.
* The photo shows President Toshihiko Yamashita touring a factory in 1982.
Achieved Japan's first all-plastic model.
The "Pana Scanner" high-speed bar-code reader, which enabled users to automatically read out price tags by simply sliding it against a product, was launched.
Panasonic's electronic components business began with the company's basic philosophy of integrated production, which said that "good products cannot be made unless parts and finished goods are made in a consistent way." Since then, in addition to 11 workplaces, an electronic parts group, including six parts manufacturing affiliates of Fukui Matsushita Electric, Wakasa Matsushita, Tajima Matsushita, Tsuyama Matsushita, Yamaguchi Matsushita, Hokkaido Matsushita Electric was developed. In addition to that, Panasonic has supplied a large number of parts to a wide range of other users. In January, 11 electronic component group sites separated and became independent. Known as Matsushita Electronic Components, it was established as a manufacturer specializing in general electronic components. Furthermore, the company decided to continue voluntary responsibility management, to establish fundamental technologies for electronic parts materials and to further promote quality, cost and product development.
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.
Panasonic entered the avionics business (AV systems used on aircraft) by designing and developing systems for passenger and crew member use that provided in-flight entertainment, communication, and maintenance services. The reliability of the initial products, which used radio downsizing technology, gained a reputation and today, Panasonic supports over 300 airline companies throughout the world. The systems provide comfortable in-flight environments to over one billion people every year.
*The photo shows entertainment and service systems delivered to aircraft manufacturers in 1980. (Consisting of audio, a reading lamp, and attendant call unit.)Panasonic Avionics: Connecting the Business and Pleasure of Flying
The “Light Capsule T13” was Panasonic’s first compact fluorescent light bulb with a brightness equivalent to a 40-watt light bulb. It can be used with conventional power sockets, contributing to the longer life of the lighting and energy-savings primarily for business purposes.
Panasonic’s first braille copying device was launched. The braille manuscripts that were read out were saved onto a magnetic recording sheet and copies were created quickly as necessary. Storing and searching for braille books became easier and more convenient, and the product was quickly introduced to schools for the blind.
Panasonic supplied a total of 73 "RAMSA" professional audio systems to all 26 venues of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984. From the PA systems to the sound sources via live satellite, Panasonic was entrusted to operate the entire system.Panasonic Olympic Special Site
Superdirective speakers, which transmitted sounds that could only be heard by people within a specific range, as if directing a spotlight, were developed. The product was exhibited at the "Tsukuba Expo ‘85" held in Japan. With a unique configuration consisting of 6,000 ultrasonic transducers with a 3.7-mm diameter arranged in a honeycomb structure, the speaker had sharp directivity that allowed sounds to be heard when the listener was directly below it, but cancelled the sounds when the listener moved 50 cm away.
The WV-C120, Panasonic’s first surveillance CCD TV camera, was launched.
Achieved integrated molding for an ultra-precise aspherical glass lens.
Realizing that world peace is promoted through sports, Panasonic agreed with this philosophy and supported the Olympic Winter Games Calgary 1988. The company was introduced as a TOP (TOP sponsor) by the International Olympic Committee for the first time. Also for the first time as a Worldwide Official Partner, Panasonic provided equipment support for a number of broadcasting stations.Panasonic Olympic Special Site
In tandem with the rising of the curtain for the Olympic Games Seoul 1988, Panasonic provided Korea's KBS broadcasting company MII cassette tape, a new metal tape that was capable of high image quality analog recording, having evolved from the popular VHS. In addition, the company provided the MII VTR system to NBC for broadcasting the Olympic Games to the U.S.Panasonic Olympic Special Site
A voice production and utterance training machine was launched to provide vocal training for people with speech impairments. Using various sensors to detect the vibrations of the nose and vocal cords, the convection of airflow and the position of the tongue, and visually displaying the ideal utterance and differences between the waveforms, this product enabled effective training even when alone.
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.
A nickel metal hydride battery for electric vehicles, which have gathered widespread attention and high expectations as the mainstream for future automobiles, was developed and production began.
Panasonic launched its first integrated audio/video system for personal in-flight entertainment. It has since delivered systems to airlines all over Europe and around the world.
* The photo shows the "System 2000."
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"
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
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.
The AJ-D700 digital 6mm camera recorder for video coverage, Panasonic’s first broadcasting DVCPRO system, was launched.Innovative Product: DVCPRO series video system
This world-first battery was developed as a back-up power supply for wristwatches that do not require battery replacement.
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.
In September 1996, the Toughbook CF-25 attracted major praise, mainly from outside of Japan, for its rugged performance by clearing MIL standards, such as being safely dropped from a height of 80 cm, and possessing ample performance as a PC. The Toughbook name became widely known worldwide and was used by police departments in virtually every state of the U.S.
* This product was originally marketed in Japan under the name "Pronote FG."
In New York, "Astrovision," a large-sized image display device that had previously been delivered to baseball stadiums and the Los Angeles Olympic Stadium, was installed in Times Square. As the face of Manhattan, it contributed to the city's life.
* The photo shows Kunio Nakamura (Panasonic Managing Director/Director, Corporate Management Division for North America) and William L. Bolster (CNBC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (NBC Cable Division)) at an Astrovision Lighting Ceremony.
The “Media Stage 97” multimedia-on-demand system was launched. It was the world’s first VD camera standard video-based VOD application system.
Achieved a single-chip solution supporting digital TV broadcasts around the world.
Panasonic launched the VP multiplex Teluk Camera System that transmitted power, video, and audio signals to the camera over a single coaxial cable.
Panasonic launched its first full-digital AV on-demand in-flight entertainment system. AV data is compressed in the MPEG format and stored in the server, then distributed to each seat by a unique data distribution technology. High-quality, multichannel audio, video, and game content can be freely enjoyed at each seat, allowing passengers to use it at anytime.
* The photo shows the "System 3000."
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
This videoconference system was born from the high image and sound technologies that Panasonic cultivated with AV devices over many years. With the capability to convey detailed changes in facial expressions, realistic nuances in voices, and easy-to-read text in documents, the system was well received for its ability to provide smooth communication compared to existing videoconference systems.HDCOM Videoconference System
The home fuel cell is a system for generating electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen extracted from city gas, LP gas, etc., and oxygen in the atmosphere. Panasonic began full-scale development in 1999, and started marketing Ene-Farm, a home fuel cell for the first time in the world in May 2009. It also launched a model for apartment use, also the world's first, in April 2014. In addition, the company started marketing home fuel cell systems for the first time in Europe.
In this year, Panasonic EV Energy, which was established in 1996, began mass-producing square lithium-ion storage batteries for hybrid EV automobiles. The following year, 2010, it changed its name to Prime Earth EV Energy, and since then, it has accounted for the industry's No. 1 share of batteries for eco cars, including nickel-hydrogen batteries.
The Panasonic Wiring Devices Factory launched production and shipping operations in 1994. Since then, they have produced 378 different types of wiring devices, and have shipped a cumulative total of 100 million devices to the domestic market.
he Eco Village solution, which included 98 solar panels, in-room lighting and air conditioning, and a Green Room Controller System used to remotely control and manage them in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This solution contributed to reducing the hotel’s overall power consumption, improving services and enhancing the eco image of the facilities.[Topics] Panasonic and Sandals Resorts unveil 'Eco Village' in Jamaica (Dec 20, 2011)
The first Comprehensive Eco Solutions in Latin America was delivered to major electronic retailer Alkosto which opened in Cali, the third largest city in Colombia. Included in the construction were an 118-kW solar system (500 solar panels), a 40-ton industrial air-conditioning system, 130 security cameras and 200 straight fluorescent LED sets. The store also serves as a showroom for Panasonic's system solutions.[Topic] First Comprehensive Eco Solutions Retail Outlet Showcase in Latin America (Mar 25, 2013)
The use of a new light source and unique Panasonic technology have achieved levels of picture quality and brightness, as well as reliability, that were simply not possible with conventional lamp-type projectors. Panasonic's first lamp-free models also reduced running costs.Projector Global
The first indoor vegetable farm was set up in Singapore and certified by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore. The crops are cultivated in a controlled environment (i.e., temperature, humidity, CO2), and use technology such as artificial lighting. The locally harvested crops are of premium quality and pesticide-free, and the company aims to achieve approximately 5% of its local production by March 2021.[Topics] Panasonic Indoor Vegetable Farm Offers More Opportunities for Farm-To-Table Experience (Nov 18, 2015)
Panasonic and Sony jointly announced the establishment of the Archival Disc standard for professional use, next-generation optical discs. The 2nd generation “freeze-ray” disc archive system that adopted a 300-GB archival disc enables secure, long-term storage of large volumes of valuable information assets for 100 years or more and is being introduced to data centers and corporations.Optical Disc Archive Solution
Panasonic's smart city concept and technology were consolidated to link smart houses in which many energy-saving appliances, residential facilities, and energy-related devices were networked to promote lifestyles with locally generated and locally used energy throughout the town. Fujisawa SST (Sustainable Smart City) was opened in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town
Aiming at Japanese-German collaboration, a cogeneration system was jointly developed by Panasonic and the Viessmann Group of Germany, a leader in the European heating industry, based on residential fuel cells that produce clean electrical power by a chemical reaction with hydrogen extracted from natural gas. The efficient use of primary energy made it possible to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to approximately half compared with the existing boilers. The company launched Europe's first ordinary sales in April 2014.[Press Release] Panasonic and Viessmann to Sell Europe's First Fuel Cell Cogeneration System for Home (Sep 10, 2013)
A stadium solution that included a 77.4-square meter large LED screen, 250 digital signage systems, a security system that includes 330 cameras and an IT and communication system was delivered to the , a new stadium that was constructed in Mato Grosso, Brazil. This was the first stadium solution case implemented in the country.Arena Pantanal Stadium Debuts in Brazil with Panasonic's Wide Variety of AV and Security Solutions (Apr 28, 2014)
Panasonic installed the world’s largest
* 4K video device (171 feet wide and 90 feet high) and advanced audio system in the Churchill Downs Racetrack in the U.S. While preserving the prestigious history and traditions of this race track, the new system allowed an unprecedented 75,000 spectators to watch races in extreme detail.
* As of April 23, 2014. According to a Panasonic survey.Panasonic Large Screen Solutions - Enhance the Fan Experience (Feb 10, 2016)
Panasonic installed a digital signage system, called the "Digital Media Center," in the "Arena da Baixada," which was the stadium that held the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It was Brazil's first* of its kind, allowing even spectators in distant seats to clearly see the plays on TV screens mounted throughout the stadium.[Topics] Panasonic Installed the First Digital Signage System Giving Fans Full Visibility from Everywhere at Arena da Baixada in Brazil (Jan 20, 2016)
Professional displays, integrated with Panasonic’s original Light ID transmission function developed from visible-light communication technology, were released. This product switches and transmits multiple Light IDs linked to the content appearing on the display, to display a wide range of information on devices such as smartphones, to provide an information solution for use in the distribution industry, transport industry, and in museums or exhibitions.LinkRay
The megaphone-shaped translation device enabled the playback of registered fixed phrases in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. This device enabled users to smoothly guide and lead customers of different nationalities in a variety of locations and situations such as transportation facilities like airports and train stations, tourist sites, and events.Panasonic to Provide Multilingual Translation Service Using Megaphone-shaped Translator (Nov 25, 2016)
Panasonic Solution & Innovation Center Vietnam, the Product Automation Showroom in Southeast Asia, was aimed at showcasing highly efficient manufacturing technologies and equipment. The Innovation Center featured not only Panasonic’s latest chip mounter and welding machine, but also peripheral equipment from other partners which included component towers and inspection machines. This synergy highlighted the importance of network compatibility and technological interconnectedness, and contributed to the success of Industry 4.0 and the IoT-supported manufacturing line.
Ene-Farm, a home fuel cell that reacts hydrogen extracted from city gas, LP gas, and other sources with oxygen in the air to produce electricity has reached the 100,000-unit mark since production began in 2008. This made Panasonic the world's first company to top the 100,000-unit mark in home-use fuel cells.CO2 Reduction through Energy-saving/creating/storing Products
The Refrigeration Compressor Business Unit (RCBU) shifted one of its business units (HQ) from Japan to Singapore. The move placed RCBU nearer-to-market, increased its efficiency in meeting customer needs in the ASEAN region, and enabled quicker management decision-making.