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Sanyo
Sanyo
Electric Co., Ltd. (三洋電機株式会社, San'yō Denki Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese major electronics company and formerly a member of the Fortune Global 500 whose headquarters was located in Moriguchi, Osaka
Moriguchi, Osaka
prefecture, Japan. Sanyo
Sanyo
had over 230 subsidiaries and affiliates.[2] Sanyo
Sanyo
was founded by Toshio Iue. On December 21, 2009, Panasonic
Panasonic
completed a 400 billion yen ($4.5 billion) acquisition of a 50.2% stake in Sanyo, making Sanyo
Sanyo
a subsidiary of Panasonic.[3][4] In 2011, Sanyo
Sanyo
became a wholly owned subsidiary of Panasonic
Panasonic
Corporation.

Contents

1 Corporate culture 2 History

2.1 Beginnings 2.2 Acquisition

3 Energy

3.1 Solar cells and plants 3.2 Rechargeable batteries 3.3 Electric vehicle batteries

4 Sanyo
Sanyo
India

4.1 Televisions 4.2 Air conditioners

5 Sanyo
Sanyo
USA 6 Sponsorship 7 See also 8 References

Corporate culture[edit] Sanyo
Sanyo
utilizes an extensive socialization process for new employees, so that they will be acclimatized to Sanyo's corporate culture.[5] New employees take a five-month course during which they eat together and share company-provided sleeping accommodation. They learn everything from basic job requirements to company expectations for personal grooming and the appropriate way in which to address their coworkers and superiors. History[edit] Beginnings[edit]

Old logo, used from 1970s to 1987

Transistor radio, model 8S-P3, released in 1959

Sanyo
Sanyo
logo on neon signs of Piccadilly Circus

Sanyo
Sanyo
was founded when Toshio Iue
Toshio Iue
(井植 歳男, Iue Toshio, 1902–1969), the brother-in-law of Konosuke Matsushita
Konosuke Matsushita
and also a former Matsushita employee, was lent an unused Matsushita plant in 1947 and used it to make bicycle generator lamps. Sanyo
Sanyo
was incorporated in 1949; in 1952 it made Japan's first plastic radio and in 1954 Japan's first pulsator-type washing machine.[2] The company's name means three oceans in Japanese, referring to the founder's ambition to sell their products worldwide, across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. This ambition was realized in the late 1970s, when Sanyo
Sanyo
introduced car stereos and home electronics to the North American consumer market and embarked on a heavy television-based advertising campaign. Sanyo expanded their North American presence with the purchase of Whirlpool Corporation's television business, Warwick Electronics, which manufactured televisions for Sears.[6] In 1982, Sanyo
Sanyo
started selling the MBC-1000 series of CP/M computers.[7] In 1983[8] it introduced the MBC-550
MBC-550
PC, the lowest-cost IBM PC compatible
IBM PC compatible
personal computer available at the time,[9] but its lack of full compatibility drove Sanyo
Sanyo
from the market and no follow-on models were released. Technologically Sanyo
Sanyo
has had good ties with Sony, supporting the Betamax
Betamax
video format from invention until the mid-1980s (the best selling video recorder in the UK in 1983 was the Sanyo
Sanyo
VTC5000), while producing the VHS
VHS
video format at the same time for the Fisher brand during the early 1980s, and later being an early adopter of the highly successful Video8
Video8
camcorder format. More recently, though, Sanyo decided against supporting Sony's format, the Blu-ray Disc, and instead gave its backing to Toshiba's HD DVD. This was ultimately unsuccessful, however, as Sony's Blu-ray triumphed.[10] In North America, Sanyo
Sanyo
manufactured CDMA
CDMA
cellular phones exclusively for Sprint's Sprint PCS brand in the United States, and for Bell Mobility in Canada. Acquisition[edit] The 2004 Chūetsu earthquake
2004 Chūetsu earthquake
severely damaged Sanyo's semiconductor plant and as a result Sanyo
Sanyo
recorded a huge financial loss for that year. The 2005 fiscal year financial results saw a 205 billion yen net income loss. The same year the company announced a restructuring plan called the Sanyo
Sanyo
Evolution Project, launching a new corporate vision to make the corporation into an environmental company, plowing investment into strong products like rechargeable batteries, solar photovoltaics, air conditioning, hybrid car batteries and key consumer electronics such as the Xacti
Xacti
camera, projectors and mobile phones.

Sanyo's three-year restructuring project

Sanyo
Sanyo
posted signs of recovery after the announcement of positive operating income of 2.6 billion yen. Sanyo
Sanyo
remains the world number one producer of rechargeable batteries. Recent product innovations in this area include the Eneloop
Eneloop
Low self-discharge NiMH battery, a "hybrid" rechargeable NiMH (Nickel-metal hydride battery) which, unlike typical NiMH cells, can be used from-the-package without an initial recharge cycle and retain a charge significantly longer than batteries using standard NiMH battery design. The Eneloop
Eneloop
line competes against similar products such as Rayovac's "Hybrid Rechargeable" line. On November 24, 2006, Sanyo
Sanyo
announced heavy losses and job cuts.[11] Tomoyo Nonaka, a former NHK
NHK
anchorwoman who was appointed Chairman of the company, stepped down in March 2007.[12] The President, Toshimasa Iue, also stepped down in April of that year; Seiichiro Sano was appointed to head the company effective April 2007. In October 2007, Sanyo
Sanyo
cancelled a 110 billion yen ( million) sale of its semiconductor business, blaming the global credit crisis for the decision and stating that after exploring its other options, it had decided to keep the business and develop it as part of its portfolio.[13] On April 1, 2008, they sold their cell phone division to Kyocera, laying off a third of their U.S. employees.[citation needed] On November 2, 2008, Sanyo
Sanyo
and Panasonic
Panasonic
announced that they have agreed on the main points of a proposed buyout that would make Sanyo
Sanyo
a subsidiary of Panasonic[14] and a formal announcement of the acquisition was made on Sanyo's web site on December 19, 2008.[15] They became a subsidiary of Panasonic
Panasonic
on December 21, 2009.[3] In 2010, Sanyo
Sanyo
sold its semiconductor operations to ON Semiconductor. [16] On July 29, 2010, Panasonic
Panasonic
reached an agreement to acquire the remaining shares of Panasonic
Panasonic
Electric Works and Sanyo
Sanyo
shares for $9.4 billion.[17][18][19] By March 2012, parent company Panasonic
Panasonic
plans to terminate the Sanyo brand, however it will remain on some of the products where the Sanyo brand still holds value to consumers.[20] In August 2013, a 51% majority stake in Chinese company Hefei Royalstar Sanyo, a 2000 joint venture between Japanese Sanyo
Sanyo
and Chinese government investment company Hefei, was purchased by American multinational manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation
for $552 million.[21] Energy[edit] Solar cells and plants[edit]

"Eneloop" Rechargeable LED Lantern (ENL-1EX) by Sanyo

The Sanyo
Sanyo
HIT ( Heterojunction
Heterojunction
with Intrinsic[disambiguation needed] Thin layer) solar cell is composed of a mono thin crystalline silicon wafer surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers.[22] Sanyo
Sanyo
Energy opened its solar module assembly plants in Hungary
Hungary
and in Mexico
Mexico
in 2004, and in 2006 it produced solar modules worth $213 million. In 2007, Sanyo
Sanyo
completed a new unit at its solar module plant in Hungary
Hungary
that was to triple its annual capacity to 720,000 units in 2008.[23]

Schematics of a HIT-cell

Plans to expand production were based on rising demands for Sanyo Hungary
Hungary
products, whose leading markets are Germany, Italy, Spain and the Scandinavian countries. The plant at Dorog, outside Budapest, will be Sanyo
Sanyo
Electric's largest facility producing solar modules in the entire world.[23] In late September 2008, Sanyo
Sanyo
Electric Company, Ltd. announced its decision to build a manufacturing plant for solar ingots and wafers (the building blocks for silicon solar cells) in Inagi, Tokyo. The plant will begin operating in October 2009 and will reach its full production capacity of 70 megawatts (MW) of solar wafers per year by April 2010. Sanyo
Sanyo
and Nippon Oil
Nippon Oil
have decided to launch a joint company for the production and sale of thin-film solar panels, to be named Sanyo
Sanyo
Eneos Solar Co., Ltd. The new joint company will start production and sales at an initial scale of 80 MW and gradually increase its production capacity. For this joint project, Sanyo
Sanyo
will draw on its solar cell technologies, based on the technology acquired through the development of the HIT Solar Cell.[24] Sanyo
Sanyo
Electric is also responsible for the construction of the Solar Ark. Rechargeable batteries[edit] Sanyo
Sanyo
pioneered the production of nickel cadmium batteries in 1964, nickel metal hydride batteries in 1990, lithium ion batteries in 1994, and lithium polymer batteries in 1999. Sanyo
Sanyo
is notable for their Eneloop
Eneloop
brand of NiMh batteries that can be recharged thousands of times. In 2000, it acquired Toshiba's nickel metal hydride battery business, including the Takasaki
Takasaki
factory.[25] Since the acquisition of Sanyo
Sanyo
by Panasonic
Panasonic
the Takasaki
Takasaki
factory transferred ownership to FDK TWICELL CO., LTD. Electric vehicle batteries[edit] Sanyo
Sanyo
Electric Co Ltd. supplies nickel metal hydride batteries (NiMH) to Honda Motor
Honda Motor
Co. Ltd., Ford Motor
Ford Motor
Co. and Volkswagen. Sanyo
Sanyo
is developing NiMH batteries for hybrid electric vehicles with the Volkswagen
Volkswagen
group.[26] Sanyo
Sanyo
lithium-ion batteries for Plug-in HEV will also be housed in SUZUKI's fleet vehicles.[citation needed] Sanyo
Sanyo
Electric plans to raise monthly production of NiMH batteries for hybrid vehicles from the current 1 million units to up to 2.5 million by the end of fiscal 2005.[27] Sanyo
Sanyo
India[edit] Televisions[edit] Panasonic
Panasonic
reintroduced the Sanyo
Sanyo
brand in India, with the launch of Sanyo
Sanyo
LED TV range on August 8, 2016.[28] On July 11, 2017 Sanyo launched its range of Smart TVs on Amazon Prime Day [29] In August 2017 Sanyo
Sanyo
unveiled its NXT range of LED televisions exclusively on Flipkart.[30] In December 2017 Sanyo
Sanyo
introduced its ultra premium 4K Smart TV range in 2 sizes - 49 inches and 55 inches.[31] Air conditioners[edit] Sanyo
Sanyo
has worked with Energy Efficiency Services Limited to develop a super efficient 1.5 ton Invertor air conditioner with an Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (ISEER) rating of 5.2. Distribution of these air conditioners began from September 2017.[32] Sanyo
Sanyo
USA[edit] Though founded in Japan, Sanyo
Sanyo
Electric Co Ltd. has sold TVs in America for over 50 years; Sanyo
Sanyo
TV USA is currently[when?] headquartered in San Diego, California with facilities located in Tijuana, Mexico. Because of its relatively high price compared to competitors, Sanyo
Sanyo
competes on quality and value. TopTenReviews.com quotes Sanyo
Sanyo
as producing LCD TVs "...with one of the best pictures, great sound and all the high-quality specs you expect from a top LCD TV," earning the website's 2014 Gold Award.[33] Many of Sanyo's television sets also offer MHL compatibility along with ROKU READY branding via HDMI, meaning the TVs are compatible with Roku's MHL-specific streaming stick. This stick, sometimes included with purchase (such as with the Sanyo
Sanyo
FVF5044[34]), enables video streaming and other online media access abilities as an affordable alternative to competing comparable Smart TVs; the TV's original remote is capable of browsing the service. Multiple models also possess USB ports which allow for immediate photo sharing ability directly off the stick without any additional software/upgrades.[35] Sanyo
Sanyo
has served over 40 million American consumers as their choice for home theater entertainment. According to the NPD Group Retail Tracking Service, in 2013, 3 Sanyo
Sanyo
TV models were among the best-selling television models in the United States while Sanyo's 55-inch HDTV was labeled as one of the top 5 selling TVs in its class. (Units sold from January 2013 – December 2013: Best Selling 39" HDTV in U.S., Best Selling 42" HDTV in U.S., Best Selling 58" HDTV in U.S.)[36] Sponsorship[edit] Sanyo
Sanyo
was the major sponsor of the Penrith Panthers
Penrith Panthers
Rugby League
Rugby League
team in the National Rugby League
Rugby League
(Australia) from 2000 to 2012. It is the longest sponsorship of any team in Australian Rugby League
Rugby League
history. In football, Sanyo
Sanyo
sponsored the Argentine Club Atlético River Plate from 1992 to 1995 and Brazilian Coritiba Foot Ball Club
Coritiba Foot Ball Club
from 1995 to 1999. See also[edit]

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Kyocera
Kyocera
Communications List of digital camera brands Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Panasonic
Panasonic
Wild Knights Primearth EV Energy Co

References[edit]

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