Flashback

Panasonic – what’s in a name?

Panasonic is a company rich in tradition and steeped in history, dating back to our first incarnation 1918 as Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works. After a number of name changes as the scope and product range of the company...

Meet Panasonic’s founder, Konosuke Matsushita

The evolution of Panasonic charts a quest for innovation that began in a tiny two-room tenement and has developed into one of the most successful electronics companies in the world. Our founder, Konosuke Matsushita, built his empire from the...

Panasonic’s first radio launched in 1931

The R-31 3-tube radio was designed in 1931 when radio broadcasts were taking hold all over Japan. However, the radio sets at the time were incredibly unreliable and when a set broke down just as Panasonic founder, Konsuke Matsushita was...

Panasonic’s first household microwave launched in 1966

Of all the labour-saving devices meant to make our lives easier, the microwave oven was one that really held up its end of the deal. Nowadays they are an expected part of every kitchen, from the smallest apartment to the grandest homes but it...

Panasonic’s first air conditioner launched in 1958

Our award-winning air conditioners have quite the pedigree! When we released our first air conditioner under the National brand in 1958, it was also the very first mass-marketed household air conditioner in the industry. The lightweight unit...

Panasonic’s first TV launched in 1952

Given the mass saturation of big-screen digital TVs, it’s hard to imagine a time when TV broadcasts were an exciting experiment. But from the late 20s through to the early 50s, every discovery that heralded another advance in television...

Panasonic’s first washing machine launched in 1951

We take great pride at Panasonic in our current range of front and top loader washing machines. Once you toss your clothes in and shut the door, it’s basically like a magic show in there. Super clever stain programs remove every mark...

Flashing back to when telephone cords held us hostage

 Remember when you called someone and you didn’t have to ask where they were? You knew for a fact that they couldn’t be any further away from their home phone than the length of the fully outstretched phone cord would allow. That phone...