TDK Corp. history, profile and history video

 TDK Corp. engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of electronic components such as magnetic tape products. It operates through the following business segments: Passive Components, Magnetic Application Products, and Others. The Passive Components segment offers ceramic capacitors, aluminum electrolytic capacitors, film capacitors, inductive devices, high-frequency components, piezoelectric material components, circuit protection devices, and sensors. The Magnetic Application Products segment offers recording devices, power supplies, magnets, and recording media. The Other segment offers energy devices, flash memory application devices, displays, and mechatronics. The company was founded on December 7, 1935 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.”

“TDK History

1935 Tokyo Denki Kagaku Kogyo K.K. established in Tamura-cho, Shiba-ku, Tokyo City for commercial production of ferrite cores.
1937 Kamata Plant constructed, mass production of ferrite cores begins.
1940 Hirasawa Plant constructed in Hirasawa-cho, Akita prefecture.
1951 Production of ceramic capacitors begins at the Hirasawa Plant.
1953 “Synchro Tape” – magnetic recording tape introduced.
1955 Ulcon Disc capacitor introduced.
1958 TDK’s Paramister(parametron arithmetic circuit) wins the Grand Prix at the Brussels World Exposition.
1959 TDK opens its first overseas office in Los Angeles.
TDK shares listed on the Tokyo over-the-counter market.
1960 Yawata Plant constructed in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture.
1961 TDK shares listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1965 TDK establishes a local subsidiary in New York.
1966 “Synchro Cassette Tapes” introduced.
1968 Joint venture company established in Taiwan.
1969 Chikumagawa Plant constructed in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture.
1970 Chokai Plant constructed in Nikaho-machi, Akita Prefecture.
Shizuoka Plant constructed in Sagara-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture.
1972 Winchester Heads developed.
Local subsidiary established in Dusseldorf, Germany.
1978 Headquarters moved to 1-13-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
VHS format “Super Avilyn Video Cassettes” introduced.
Narita Plant constructed in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture.
1980 Magnetic heads using amorphous materials introduced.
1982 Mikumagawa Plant constructed in Hita City, Oita Prefecture
TDK shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
1983 Company name changed to TDK Corporation.
TDK serves as an official sponsor of the First IAAF World Championships in Athletics (Helsinki).
1985 TDK has a pavilion at the International Exposition, Tsukuba, Japan.
1989 Local subsidiaries established in Malaysia and Luxembourg.
1990 Technical Center completed in Ichikawa City.
1991 Local subsidiary established in Thailand.
1992 Plant constructed in Dalian, China.
Recordable CD-R compact discs with an organic colorant film introduced.
1994 High-density recording MR heads introduced.
Local subsidiary established in Xiamen, China.
1995 Plant constructed in Hungary.
1997 Mikumagawa Plant acquires ISO 14001 certification.
Plant constructed in the Philippines for magnetic head production.
1998 TDK Malaysia becomes TDK’s first overseas plant to acquire ISO 14001 certification.
1999 TDK Electronics Ireland Ltd. established as a mobile communications high-frequency component and module research and development base.
2000 Headway Technologies Inc., an American magnetic head maker, acquired.
2001 Multilayer chip capacitor manufacturing and sales company established in Suzhou, China.
TDK R&D Corporation established as a research and development base in the United States.
2002 System of outside directors and corporate officers introduced.
The Mikumagawa Plant becomes the TDK Gorup’s first operations base in Japan to achieve zero emissions.
2003 Innoveta Technologies, an American developer of power supplies for use in communications devices, acquired.
2004 TDK becomes the first recording media maker to join the Blu-ray Disc Founders.
2005 TDK acquires Amperex Technology Limited, a manufacturing and sales company of Polymer Lithium Battery in Hong Kong.
TDK acquires Lambda Power Group, power-supply business of Invensys plc.
TDK opens the TDK History Museum in Akita Prefecture.
2006 World’s first bare Blu-ray Disc released.
2007 TDK-brand recording media sales business transferred to US data storage products manufacturer and supplier Imation Corp.
2008 Business merger by takeover bid with German electronic device manufacturer EPCOS.

*Information from Forbes.com and Tdk.co.jp

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