Sharp History & Facts

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Sharp Corporation – Beginnings

In 1912, founder Tokuji Hayakawa, was awarded a patent for the "Tokubijo" snap buckle (he was 18 years old at the time). On September 15, 1912, he established a small metalworking shop in Tokyo. The company began with three employees and initial capital of just less than 50 yen.

Mr. Hayakawa continued to research and improve techniques to manufacture a metal writing instrument which, at the time, had not yet been developed. In 1915, he invented a mechanical pencil named the "Ever-Sharp Pencil" that took the world by storm. The name of the company today and its trademark are derived from this product.

In May 1935, the structure of the company was modified to become a joint-stock corporation under the name Hayakawa Metal Works Institute Co.

Today Sharp Corporation has an employee count worldwide of 64,600.


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  • 1912
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    Founder, Tokuji Hayakawa

    Sharp's founder.
    Tokuji Hayakawa,
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    metal works in

  • 1915

    Tokuji Hayakawa Invents the Ever-Sharp Pencil.

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    The Sharp corporate name and trademark are derived from the Ever-Sharp Pencil

  • 1925

    AssemWy and marketing of Japans first crystal radio sets.

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    Radio broadcasting begins in Japan.

  • 1953
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    Japan's first mass production of TV sets to coincide with Japan's first TV broadcasts.

  • 1960
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    Mass production of cokx TV sets. Color TV broadcasting begins in Japan.

  • 1962
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    Japan's first mass production of microwave ovens.

  • 1963
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    Japan's first mass production of solar cells.

  • 1964
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    Introduction of the world's first all-transistor desktop calculator.

  • 1966

    Development of electronic desktop calculators incorporating iCs.

    Introduction of Japan's first m*crowave oven with a turntable.

  • 1969
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    Development of ELSI chips.

    Introduction of the world's first electronic calculator incorporating ELSIs.

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    Devetopment of the world's first negative-resistance light-emitting diode (GND)

  • 1970
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    Akira Saeki

    Akira Saeki becomes

    Changes name from
    Hayakawa Electric
    Industry Co.
    to Sharp Corporation.

    Development Center.
    Mass production of LSis.

  • 1973

    Mass production ot LCDs.

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    Development of the world's first electronic calculator Incorporating an LCD.

  • 1974
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  • 1976

    Introduction of the first solar-powered calculators.

    World's first mass products of 44-pin CMOS LSls using a film carrier.
    Development of urtra-thin (7 mm) electrons caicuators with CMOS LSls.

  • 1977

    Introduction of 5-mm-thin, card-sized. sensor-touch electrons calculators.

  • 1979

    Development of the dual-cassette tape recorder.

    introduction of a word processor with pen-based input.

    Development of pocket-sized electronic translators.

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    Development and introduction of the world's first super-thin (1.6 mm) card-sized calculator.

  • 1981
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    Development of the worlds first long-life laser diode.

    introduction of portable VCRs for camera/TV recording.

  • 1982

    Introduction of pocket computers using BASIC language.

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    Introduction of the world's first combination PO/ Vset.

  • 1983

    World's first mass production of ultra-thin EL displays.

    Mass production of amorphous solar cells using Roll-to-Rd Method.

  • 1986
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    Haruo Tsuji

    Haruo Tsuji

    Introduction of a

  • 1987
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    Development of an electronic organizer with multiple functions.

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    Introduction of a 3-inch LCD color TV with a TFT drive system.

  • 1988
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    Development of the world's first 14-inch large-screen. thin-profile. high-definition color TFT LCD unit.

  • 1989

    Introduction of the world's first dual-swing door refrigerator.

    Introduction Ы an Engfcsh-to-Japanese translation system.

    Introduction of a 100-inch LCD projector that lets you njoy big-screen entertainment at home.

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  • 1990

    Development of the world's first full-cotor desktop facsimile.

    Introduction of the world's tfwmest home facsimile.


    Development and introduction of 8.6-rfich wall-mount LCD color TVs.

  • 1992

    Development and introduction of an HDTV with Simplified MUSE decoder.

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    Development and introduction of the world's first LCD Viewcam.

    introduction of a fully automatic washing machine with hote-less tub that saves a considerable amount of water and detergent.

  • 1993
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    Development and introduction all-in-one Personal Information Tool for business use.

  • 1995

    Development of the world's largest 28-inch TFT direct-view color LCD unit.

    Development and introduction of the world's most compact and ltghtwe*ght PHS unit.

  • 1996
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    introduction of an Internet-ready
    color LCD notebook PC,
    equipped with a vivid,
    clear LCD screen
    offering 30% greater

  • 1997
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    Development of a reflective-type
    Super-Mobile TFT LCD. which
    displays 260.000 colors in amazing
    clanty even
    in direct
    and with
    no backlight.

  • 1998

    Katsuhiko Machida
    becomes president.

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    Katsuhiko Machida

  • 2000

    Development of the world s first camera-equipped mobile phone that can send photos via e-mail.

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    Development of the world's first Plasmackister™ Ion air purification technology that's effective against airborne mold and fungi.


    Development and introduction of the world's bghtest and thinnest notebook PC with a 12.1-inch LCD.

  • 2003

    introduction of the world's first 37V-inch LCO TV with a built-in terrestrial dKjitai HDTV tuner.

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    Development of an industry-first technology for recycfcng waste plastic and reusing it as material lor the four products covered by the Home Appliances Recycling Law.

  • 2004
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    Development and introdution of the Water Oven

    Sharp's state-of-the-art Kameyama Plant becomes fully operational.

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  • 2005

    industry-first introduction erf the world's largest 65V-inch fui-spec high-definition LCO TV with built-in digital terrestrial 8S/CS1iOe tuner.

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  • 2006
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    Development of the AQUOS Mobile Phone that lets use*s enjoy digital mobile TV broadcasts.

    Begin operation at Kameyama plant no 2

  • 2007

    Developed a 108V LCD TV. the world's largest.

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  • 2007
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    Mikio Katayama

    Mikio Katayama
    becomes president.

  • 2008

    Developed Mega ASV panel used in AOUOSX Series.

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  • 2009

    GREEN FRONT SAKAI opens, a production base for state-of-the-art LCD panels and trwi-film solar cells. Production begins at world's first LCO panel plant to employ lOth-generation glass substrates.

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  • 2010

    Sharp's commercialization and industrialization of so'ar colls recogrxzed as an IEEE Milestone.

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    Developed 4 colour technology 3D LCD TV.

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  • 2011

    Released a 60V-inch LCD monitor with ultra-slim bezel, high brightness, and built-in automatic backlight control.

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  • 2012
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    Takoshi Okuda

    Takashi Okuda