Sharp History


Sharp has a history of creating market demand by providing original, innovative products that make people's lives richer and their work more efficient. it is the patronage and support of these people that have brought Sharp to 2012, the company's 100th anniversary.

From its humble beginnings in Japan, Sharp has expanded its business across the globe, in the process amazing and capturing the hearts of people with products created through the company creed of 'Sincerity and Creativity'.

As the sun rises on Sharp's second century, the company will continue doing what is both its mission and its joy: provide products and technologies that help make society a better place. Join us as we take Sharp to even more people and places.

YearEvent
1915Company founded
1953First Japan-made TV
1963Mass production of solar cells
1964World's first electronic calculator
1969From Senri to Tenri
1973First practical application of LCDs
1981Becomes comprehensive OA manufacturer
1983Development of the worlds first long life laser diode
1988Optoelectronics, the core technology
1992Marks 80 years of operations
1997Develops 4-region strategy
2000Mobile phone share increased
2005Expanding solar cell production capacity
2007Mikio Katayama appointed President & COO, new organizational structure launched
2010Aiming to reduce global warming impact