Japanese manufacturer of various electronics, household and climate equipment. The corporation, which began as a small electrical assembly plant that started operating in Osaka on November 23, 1947, today has hundreds of subsidiaries employing hundreds of thousands of employees. However, the ambitious plans of Toshio Iue, the founder of the company, were clear from the very beginning, it is no coincidence "Sanyo" translated from Japanese as "three oceans". He has achieved a lot - now SANYO included in the list Fortune 500.
But it all started with generator lamps for bicycles. In the beginning, the young company was constantly pursued by various small and large troubles. But Toshio's perseverance and patience truly knew no bounds. Already by 1949, these light bulbs were produced by the thousands and began to be exported abroad.
In 1950, the company acquired the final name, which is still used today - SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. Now it is the parent company of a huge concern known as SANYO Electric Group.
In 1952, the company's first radio receiver appears. For the first time in the history of Japanese electronics, plastic was used for its body. Further more. Within just one decade, SANYO is mastering the production of televisions, stereo systems, various household and climatic equipment - it was decided to adhere to the principle of "everything at once". Special mention deserves batteries and accumulators, which received a lot of attention. As a result, we managed to achieve leading positions in many areas. However, little of what was produced SANYO bore the proud label "first in the world". Nobody aspired to this. They simply took a new idea, already used by competitors, and carried it out in their own way, more or less successfully. A sort of consumer goods in the Japanese manner.
The company is developing at a very fast pace. In 1979, the first personal computer appears SANYO. Active development towards "green" technologies begins, in which significant success has been achieved. So, in 1990, a plane using solar panels SANYO for the first time, in the history of such technology, crossed America.
Continuing to adhere to the same multidisciplinary approach, the company begins the production of projectors, mobile phones (the division in 2008 moved to Kyocera), digital cameras, navigators. Structure SANYO becomes more complex, there are many subsidiaries.
Since December 21, 2009 SANYO was absorbed Panasonic Corp. The transaction amount exceeded 4.5 billion US dollars. The negotiations went on for almost a year. The takeover was preceded by several years of financial turmoil that plagued SANYO and led to significant job cuts. Apparently, the excessive diversification of the corporation became too heavy a burden for it, since it became more and more difficult to manage such a complex structure.
Headquarters SANYO located in Osaka, Japan (Osaka, Japan).