My experience with SHARP
Since I was a kid, the brand name “SHARP” was already a popular brand and whenever I hear that brand, what comes in my mind is “television”. Yes maybe because I was thinking that a television should have a sharp and vivid resolution. But there is one home appliance that still exist in our home since I bought it thirteen years ago. And that is our SHARP washing machine with dryer. Believe it or not, it survived a flood when the previous house we rented is submerge waist deep. My wife was at home that time and I was in the office. I quickly got out of the office and went home when my wife called about the flash flood. Our sofa and other furniture was submerged in muddy water together with the refrigerator and SHARP washing machine. The next day, what I did is dismantle the motor and let it dry under the sun. After I installed it, it was running again. So up to this year 2012, we are still using the old washing machine but since the capacity is very small, only 3kg, we are now only using the clothes dryer.
SHARP 100th year milestone
It is amazing to think that Sharp reaches its 100th year milestone. Since 1912 and up to now year 2012 Sharp has been serving us and giving us quality products. Looking back in Sharp one of the kind history, below are the list of achievements and developments of SHARP Corporation. And maybe the reason why I’m interested to know and share the history of SHARP, it is because I worked in an home appliances manufacturer and semiconductor tools manufacturer as a CAD engineer. I’m sure you will be surprised that SHARP Corporation has contributed so much with regards to innovations and of making our life much easier.
1912 – Tokuji Hayakawa establishes metal working shop in tokyo
1915 – The invention of mechanical pencil by Mr. Hayakawa (Later renamed Ever-Sharp pencil)
1923 – Ever-Sharp factory was destroyed in the Great kanto earthquake
1924 – Hayakawa metal works established in Nishitanabe, Osaka
1925 – Assembles Japans first crystal radio
1929 – Sales of AC vacuum-tube radios begin.
1934 – Hirano Plant constructed in Osaka.
1935 – Hayakawa Metal Works Institute Co. established (Name changed to Hayakawa Metal Works Co. in 1936 and to Hayakawa electric industry Co., Ltd. in 1942)
1945 – Second World War ends and the company begins rebuilding.
1949 – Listed on Osaka Stock Exchange
1950 – Rides out unprecedented economic turmoil through hard work and cooperation.
1953 – Begins the production of TV sets for the first time in Japan
1954 – New TV plant constructed: opens “Ikotoku-en” nursery school
1958 – “Sharp Friend Shop” system begins
1959 – Yao plant constructed in Osaka Prefecture as company moves to comprehensive home electric and electronic manufacturer.
1960 – Yamato-Koriyama plant constructed in Nara Prefecture.
1962 – Microwave oven mass-production begins: company’s first overseas sales base. Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC) established in the US.
1963 – Mass-production of solar cell modules begins: service company established ( Now SHARP Engineering Corporation)
1964 – Develops the world’s first all-transistor-diode electronic desktop calculator.
1965 – “70 Strategy” introduced to strengthen distribution system: ATOM unit program launched.
1967 – Hiroshima plant constructed in Hiroshima Prefecture
1968 – Tochigi plant constructed in Tochigi Prefecture
1969 – MI campaign launched
1970 – Company name change to Sharp Corporation: Advanced Development and Planning Center constructed in Tenri. Nara Prefecture: Akira Saeki becomes president.
1972 – Begins selling its first copier: Consumer Information Centers established throughout Japan.
1973 – Introduces the worlds first COS pocket electronic calculator incorporating an LCD: “Sincerity and Creativity” adopted as Sharp’s business creed and philosophy.
1974 – Tokyo (Ichigaya) building constructed.
1976 – “New Lifestyle” product strategy launched.
1977 – “Special Project Team” system launched.
1979 – Established Sharp Manufacturing Company of America(SMCA). Its first manufacturing base in the US.
1981 – Katsuragi Plant constructed in Nara Prefecture: Sharp Memorial and Technology Halls constructed in Tenri, Nara Prefecture
1983 – Develops 3 inch TFT LCD
1985 – Creative Lifestyle Focus Center established: Fukuyama plant constructed in Hiroshima Prefecture.
1986 – Haruo Tsuji becomes president: New organizational structure launched: Sharp reforms business to overcome effects of strong yen.
1987 – sales of LCD TVs begins
1988 – develops 14 inch color TFT LCD: in-house job placement system
1990 – Sharp laboratories of Europe. Ltd. (SLE) established in the UK; CATS activities get under way.
1991 – New LCD plant constructed in Tenri, Nara prefecture.
1992 – Celebrates 80th Anniversary; Mukahari Building constructed in Chiba Prefecture
1995 – Mie Plant constructed in Mie Prefecture: Sharp laboratories of America, Inc. (SLA) established.
1996 – SHARP website opens.
1997 – Environmental Protection Group established: four region (China, Middle East, Central and South America, and Central and Eastern Europe) strategy adopted.
1998 – Katsuhiko Machida becomes President: new organizational structures launched
1999 – Introduces 20 inch LCD TV; “Sharp Space Town” website lauched
2000 – Mobile phones with built-in camera introduced: Plasma cluster Ion, Sharp’s proprietary air purification technology, developed.
2001 – Introduces the AQUOS LCD TV, the “TV for the 21st Century;” Comprehensive call centers introduced.
2002 – Celebrates 90th Anniversary. Mihara plant constructed in Hiroshima Prefecture
2003 – Begins production of systems LCDs at the Mie plant No. 3
2004 – Kameyama plant constructed for the integrated production of “Kameyama Brand” large screen LCD TV
2005 – Sharp electronic calculators recognized as an IEEE milestone
2006 – Simultaneous worldwide launch of AQUOS made at Kameyama Plant No. 2: AQUOS phone debuts.
2007 – Katsuhiko Machida becomes chairman. Mikio Katayama becomes president: new organizational structure lauched.
2008 – Launches total solar solutions business with aim of becoming the world’s leading solar power company.
2009 – Produces first shipment of LCD panel at Green Front Sakai.
2010 – GALAPAGOS cloud-based media service launched: Sharp’s solar cell achievements recognized as an IEEE Milestone.
2011 – Introduces Interactive Whiteboard: Sharp (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (SCIC) begins operations as head office for the China region.
SHARP 100th Anniversary Campaign
Stating on June 16, 2012 up to September 15, 2012, SHARP corporation is running a campaign called “ANNIVERSARY SHARE II” where you can post pictures or videos on the website (https://share.sharp100years.com/) celebrating anniversaries or other commemorative moments of you, your family and your friends.
Below is SHARP Corporation anniversary message:
This year, Sharp celebrates its 100th Anniversary on September 15. Together, we can build a better future for our children for the next 100 years. Therefore, from today June 7 to September 15, for a total of 100 days, we will embark on My SHARP Our FUTURE Campaign.
Sharp will make a contribution for every purchase of AQUOS TV and Plasmacluster generator/air purifier made during this campaign period. The proceeds will go to the support of health programs such as vaccinations to ensure that our children grow up healthy.
Because of your support, we have come this far in 100 years. For the next 100 years, Sharp is dedicated to creating a better life for all, together with you.
Participating countries includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, U.A.E. and the winners will be announced on October 15th, 2012. Prizes includes: Trip to the West Coast, USA. Two pairs (four people) out of all applicants will be selected and Sharp products, submitters of the top five ranking pictures and videos will receive Sharp products.
Submit your entry in 3 easy steps!
- Select your memorable moment.
- Tell us about your selected memorable moment.
Your work will be placed on the website after a review by the Management Office. They will send a notification after uploading has been completed to the email address that you have registered with them.
The images and videos of people’s anniversaries will be made into a work of film & displayed through the website during the campaign period. So what are you waiting for? take part in Sharp’s Anniversary Share, just go the the website http://share.sharp100years.com and upload your memorable photos or videos and many fabulous prizes awaits you!
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