History

1947-1969

1947
  • SANYO Electric Works founded (Honmachi, Moriguchi City, Osaka).
  • SANYO's first model of bicycle generator lamp (Model 47) launched.
    bicycle generator lamp (Model 47)
1949
  • Commenced export, supplying 5,000 bicycle generator lamps by order of GHQ (General Headquarters of the Allied Forces).
1950
  • SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. established (Umemachi, Moriguchi City).
1951
  • New head office building completed; headquarters operations moved to current location (Keihan-Hondori, Moriguchi City).
1952
  • Industry's first plastic radio, SS-52, launched.
    plastic radio, SS-52
1953
  • Japan's first pulsator-type washing machine, SW-53, launched, a milestone in Japan's consumer electronics boom. Later, critic Soichi Oya named this year "The first year of home electrification."
  • SANYO's first black-and-white television model, 17-C231, launched.
    pulsator-type washing machine, SW-53television model, 17-C231
1954
  • Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange.
1955
  • Listed on Stock Exchanges in Nagoya, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Hiroshima.
1956
  • Production of first transistor radio model, 6C-1, commenced.
1957
  • SANYO's first refrigerator model, SR-350, launched.
1958
  • Labor union established. (Partial agreement concluded at same time.)
  • Production of first window air conditioner model, SAC-2600, commenced.
  • SANYO's first vacuum cleaner model, SC-100, launched.
1959
  • Tokyo SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. established in Oura-gun, Gunma Prefecture.
1960
  • Tokyo SANYO Electric developed industry's first 1/10 hp sealed dual-pole compressor.
  • SANYO's first tape recorder model, S-21MR, introduced.
  • Industry's first twin-tub washing machine, SW-400, launched.
  • SANYO's first color television model, 21-CT5, launched.
  • Production of first ice cream freezer model, SCR-040, commenced.
    ice cream freezer model, SCR-040
1961
  • Tokyo SANYO Electric stock listed on Second Section of Osaka Securities Exchange.
  • R&D Center established.
  • Production of Japan's first split-system air conditioner for home use, SAP-200E, commenced.
    air conditioner for home use, SAP-200E,freezer showcases,versatile water coolers
  • Rechargeable nickel-cadmium battery, CADNICA, developed, enabling commencement of the era of cordless electric products. (Mass production commenced in 1964.)
  • Production of freezer showcases and versatile water coolers commenced.
1963
  • Tokyo SANYO Electric stock listed on First Sections of Osaka Securities Exchange and Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Industry's first rechargeable CADNICA battery-powered radio, 8S-P25, introduced.
    rechargeable CADNICA battery-powered radio, 8S-P25
1964
  • CADNICA emergency light, KE-162, launched.
  • Rechargeable CADNICA shaver, SV-40, launched.
  • SANYO's first microwave model for commercial use, EM-206, introduced.
1965
  • SANYO's new color television model, 16-CT50, overcomes cost hurdle of 10,000 yen per screen inch for first time in the industry.
1966
  • Tottori SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. established.
  • SANYO's first video tape recorder model for home use, VTR-1000, launched (Tottori City).
1967
  • 9-inch color television (19-CT1000) priced in 160,000 to 170,000 yen range introduced for first time in the industry, propelling widespread proliferation of color televisions.
1968
  • Industry's first vacuum cleaner with cassette-type dust collector "Taro" (SC-3000) introduced.
1969
  • SANYO Electric Credit Co., Ltd. established.
  • SANYO retail chain (SBC) system established, strengthening the company's marketing network.

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