The History of Toshiba

By Rashed Khan, Guest author Today, Toshiba are a common household name for the production of IT solutions and technological devices such ...

By Rashed Khan, Guest author

Today, Toshiba are a common household name for the production of IT solutions and technological devices such as DVD players, televisions and memory devices and are seen as an ambassador of technological advancement. However, this company dates back far further than most of us would think, making an appearance in the world as early as 1875. Whilst Toshiba was not officially a company until 1939, its history is rooted in the 19th Century as Toshiba is a collaboration of two companies formed within this period.

The first of these companies, called Tanaka Engineering Works, was founded by Hisashige Tanaka in 1875. This company was the first manufacturer in Japan to produce telegraph equipment and was undoubtedly able to form due to the revolutionary nature of Hisashige Tanaka, now dubbed by some as "The Genius of Mechanical Wonders".

The second company was known as Hakunetsusha and was a manufacturer or incandescent electric lamps, again, Japan's first producer of such an item. As industry progressed, this company diversified into further consumer based products and was re-branded Tokyo Denki in 1899. Its no wonder that with founders of this calibre the merge these companies created a pioneer in technological and electrical advancement.

Whilst the company was nicknamed Toshiba shortly after the merge in 1939, the company was not officially called Toshiba Corporation until nearly forty years later in 1978. Within this time the company grew exponentially through the use of acquisitions and mergers and produced many subsidiary companies operating within different fields.

Throughout the years, the products created by Toshiba have advanced in both quality and innovation. Since 1979, when Toshiba became an official name of the company, they have manufactured many products previously unseen in both Japan and, in some instance, the world. Such innovative products include optical-disc based filing systems, Toshiba computers and the world's quietest MRI machine.

Currently, the pursuit of improving technology seems to be at the heart of the Toshiba ethos as it always has been. Striving to be the greatest producer of technological devices and innovative products, they always seem to have something spectacular in store for the consumer. The most recent development of note from Toshiba comes in the form of the world's first commercialised 3D LCD television which does not require dedicated glasses. With such pioneers at the root of Toshiba's history, such dedication should not be so surprising, however, its almost impossible to not marvel at the wondrous devices created by this company in an effort to expand their horizons and deliver innovation directly to the heart of consumers.

About the author: Rashed Khan holds an MSc in Software Engineering and enjoys guest posting on business/technology related topics. Rashed is currently guest posting on behalf of Equanet who offer IT Solutions as well as Toshiba computers. If you would like Rashed to guest post on your site, you can contact him on: rashed.khan@searchlaboratory.com.

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