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 broadened, ‘Panasonic’ first appeared as branding on speakers we produced in 1955 in Japan for external markets.

The brand name is based on the words ‘Pan’ (a root word which means ‘all’, ‘everything’) and ‘Sonic’ (‘Sound’) and over the years, as ‘Panasonic’ became applied to more AV products, consumers came to associate this name with the company. Since 1 October 2008, Panasonic has been the only corporate brand representing the company, products and services.

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