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.

1918

Konosuke Matsushita founded Matsushita Denkikigu Seisakusho at Daikai-cho, Fukushima-ku; Osaka and started to manufacture wiring instrument.

1923

Development and release of battery-powered shell lamps. Released the Excel Dry Battery to suit shell lamps.

1927

First National-brand square-shaped lamps released.

1931

Started in-house production of dry batteries and introduced National battery for the square lamp.

1937

Released automotive lead-acid batteries.

1945

Laminated dry batteries released.

1954

Released National Hyper, the first full-metal-jacket dry battery in Japan.

1963

Released National Hi-Top manganese dry batteries.

1964

Started production of SANYO Cadnica nickel-cadmium batteries.

1967

Alkaline batteries developed and released.

1970

Released Pananica nickel-cadmium batteries.

1971

Developed graphite-fluoride lithium primary batteries.

1982

Compact LCR Series sealed lead-acid battery for video cameras developed.

1987

Released Ultra Alkali and Panasonic Alkali batteries.

1994

Developed lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

2004

SANYO commences production of battery system for Ford Escape hybrid.

2004

Released Oxyride dry battery.

2005

SANYO commences eneloop sales.

2008

Released EVOLTA alkaline dry batteries.

2009

Developed high-energy, ultra-reliable lithium-ion battery module.

2013

Solar LED lantern debuts.

2015

Solar storage device launches.