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About Panasonic

Corporate History

Innovative Products
1954

5-tube personal radio



5-tube personal radioThe company's first 5-tube personal radio receivers for export, the PS-54, were manufactured in 1954.
The company was trying to explore business opportunities in exporting but radios at that time were generally not as reliable as today. Nonetheless, the export of radios, which were classified as high-priced products, presented a big opportunity for greater profits and were expected to have promise in overseas markets.
To start the radio export business, it was necessary that the company have a complete range of products including one-band, two-band, and three-band sets, and therefore, all the people concerned discussed through the night about what kind of models should be developed, produced and marketed.

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