Sharp is a company located in Osaka, Japan that specializes in the design and manufacture of a variety of different types of electronic products. They are a very large company and they employ more than 55,000 people around the world. The company has been in existence for more than a hundred years, and they've changed quite a bit during those years, mainly changing their focus in terms of the types of products they make and sell. One thing that has stayed constant with the company though is the desire to make quality products.
The brand is very popular, and is one of the most recognized in the world. They are currently one of the largest television manufacturers along with companies such as LG, Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung.
Tokuji Hayakawa founded the company in 1912, and he took the name from one of his inventions ?the Ever Sharp mechanical pencil. They were in the business of making pencils up until 1923. A large earthquake destroyed the business, and they had to move to Osaka. At that point, they started to make radio sets rather than pencils. The first of these sets went on sale in 1925. They continued to look for other ways of innovating in the field of electronics and adding to their business. By 1953, they started to produce television sets, something for which they would become well known in the future.
In 1964, Sharp produced the first transistor calculator. The cost for this product at the time was $1,400. When they made the device, they had no experience in computing devices, and it took seven years from the inception to the launch of the product. They found these to be profitable, though, and they started to make other calculators in the subsequent years. They also created the first pocket calculator, which was very popular despite costing $300.
In the 1980s, they had a relationship with Nintendo, the gaming company. They developed and manufactured the C1 NES TV, Twin Famicom, and more, which are collector items today. One of the most impressive firsts from Sharp is the fact that they were the company behind the very first commercial camera phone. They did this with the J-SH04 in Japan in 1997.
Sharp bought a controlling share of Pioneer Corporation in 2007, and two years later they decided to create the Pioneer Digital Design and Manufacturing Corporation, a venture that combined both company optical businesses.
Sharp makes a range of different types of items for the consumer electronics market today. They are probably most well-known for the televisions they make. They have been heavily involved with the evolution of television technology over the years, and they've been making LCD screens for many years. One of their most popular types of television has been the AQUOS line. However, they offer more than televisions. Some of the other types of products they sell include monitors, mobile phones, projectors, printing devices, microwave ovens, air conditioners, cash registers, flash memory, notebooks, calculators, air purification systems, and more. Many of the products they make are actually very energy efficient. This is popular with consumers, and it was popular with Greenpeace when they were ranking electronics companies in their Guide to Greener Electronics.
They also provide items to the business market and not just the consumer market. They offer protectors, photocopiers, point of sale tech, and a number of other options for businesses. Sharp is also in the business of solar power today, and they are a supplier of silicon photovoltaic cells. They even offer a solar TV.
The Sharp brand has been going strong in the public eye for many years. However, in 2012, they did see a loss of about $4.7 billion, which was their worst financial record in the history of the company. However, they were eventually able to turn that around and they showed a profit for the first quarter of 2014. Even though the company may have had economic issues in the past, they are still one of the most recognizable brands in the business today. The recognition helps them to maintain a relatively large customer base.