Since 1923, we've been making life better with our energy products
In 2018 we will exist for 100 years. During this period we have been creating products trusted worldwide for performance, safety, and reliability. Our technology is driven by continuous research and development as we find new ways to expand endurance and improve safety. Our passion for quality has led to the supply of ever 200 billion dry batteries in more than 120 countries.
The founder of Panasonic is Konosuke Matsushita. He was born on November 27, 1894 in Wasamura, and was the youngest of eight children. His father was a small landowner and a prominent member of the community. They lost their property as a result of poor speculation on the commodities market and they moved to a small house in the city. Konosuke started working at a charcoal brazier store in Osaka, a few months before he was going to graduate from elementary school. He started his own small manufacturing company in 1917 at the age of 22. The business was growing and he rented a two-story home. Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works was launched and later became Panasonic.
History of battery development
An outline of the major products that shaped our history, including a number of notable events from SANYO, a company Panasonic acquired in 2010.
Konosuke Matsushita founded Matsushita Denkikigu Seisakusho at Daikai-cho, Fukushima-ku; Osaka and started to manufacture wiring instrument.
Development and release of battery-powered shell lamps. Released the Excel Dry Battery to suit shell lamps.
First National-brand square-shaped lamps released.
Started in-house production of dry batteries and introduced National battery for the square lamp.
Released automotive lead-acid batteries.
Laminated dry batteries released.
Released National Hyper, the first full-metal-jacket dry battery in Japan.
Released National Hi-Top manganese dry batteries.
Started production of SANYO Cadnica nickel-cadmium batteries.
Alkaline batteries developed and released.
Released Pananica nickel-cadmium batteries.
Developed graphite-fluoride lithium primary batteries.
Compact LCR Series sealed lead-acid battery for video cameras developed.
Released Ultra Alkali and Panasonic Alkali batteries.
Developed lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
SANYO commences production of battery system for Ford Escape hybrid.
Released Oxyride dry battery.
SANYO commences eneloop sales.
Released EVOLTA alkaline dry batteries.
Developed high-energy, ultra-reliable lithium-ion battery module.
Solar LED lantern debuts.
Solar storage device launches.