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1960 - 1969

  • Constructs Yamato-koriyama Plant No. 1 (now Nara Plant)
  • Establishes corporate health insurance association
  • Introduces IBM computer at the head office
  • Establishes Central Research Laboratories
  • Establishes Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC) in the US, the company’s first overseas sales base
  • Begins mass production of commercial-use microwave ovens (R-10)
  • Osaka Municipal Hayakawa Welfare Hall completed with construction funds donated by President Hayakawa
  • Builds shrine on Mt. Koya for holding Buddhist memorial services for deceased employees
  • Establishes service company in Osaka
  • Company reorganized into three divisions: radio, home appliances, and industrial equipment
    Establishes Sharp Tokyo Product Center
  • Release world’s first all-transistor diode electronic desktop calculator (CS-10A) as company moves to become a comprehensive electronics manufacturer
  • Builds mass-production line for solar cells
  • Institutes 70 Strategy to strengthen distribution system
  • Launches ATOM Unit program
  • Releases home-use microwave oven with a turntable (R-600)
  • Launches 55 Campaign that included Sharp technology fairs to celebrate 55th anniversary of company’s founding
  • Constructs Hiroshima Plant to mass produce transistor radios
  • Sharp Electric absorbed into Hayakawa Electric
  • Sharp Electronic Sales Okinawa Corporation established in Okinawa, then under US rule
  • Establishes Hayakawa Electric Europe GmbH (HEEG) (name changed to Sharp Electronics [Europe] GmbH [SEEG] in 1970) as sales base in West Germany
  • Holds first Basic Management Policy Conference
  • Constructs Tochigi Plant to mass produce color TVs
  • Establishes Business Cooperation Centers nationwide
  • Launches MI campaign
  • Signs cooperative technical agreement with North American Rockwell Corporation on ICs
  • Osaka Municipal Abeno Youth Center completed with construction funds donated by President Hayakawa
  • Establishes office equipment sales companies in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Establishes Sharp Electronics (U.K.) Ltd. (SUK) as sales base in the UK
  • Develops world’s first GND (gallium arsenic negative-resistance light-emitting diode) semiconductor
  • Releases world’s first electronic calculator incorporating MOS LSIs (QT-8D)

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