Founded 1918 by Konosuke Matsushita (1894-1989) as Matsushita (then as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd from 1935); first selling duplex lamp sockets; produced first bicycle lamp in 1927; began manufacturing televisions in 1935; operated factories in Japan and other parts of Asia through to the end of the second world war, producing electrical components and appliances such as light fixtures, motors, and electric irons; manufactured bicycles under National/Panasonic brand names, 1945 to 1980s; 1961 began producing televisions for American market under Panasonic brand name, expanding into Europe in 1979; used National trademark from 1927, applied to televisions, radios and domestic appliances sold outside North America between 1950s and 1970s; Technics brand of hi-fidelity audio equipment introduced in 1965; acquired Sanyo (established as a sub-contractor by Matsushita's brother-in-law) in 2008/2009, changing name to Panasonic Corporation in October 2008.

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