About Panasonic

Panasonic Global History

Since 1923, we've been making life better with our energy products

Since 2018, we exist 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

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. Click on the image to enlarge.

Panasonic history

2018: celebrating our 100th anniversary