, commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Its diversified business is primarily focused on the electronics (TV, gaming consoles, refrigerators), game, entertainment and financial services sectors. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets. Sony is ranked 105th on the 2014 list of Fortune Global 500.
Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its four operating segments – electronics (including video games, network services and medical business), motion pictures, music and financial services. These make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal business operations include Sony Corporation (Sony Electronics in the U.S.), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Mobile Communications (formerly Sony Ericsson), and Sony Financial. Sony is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders and as of 2013, the fourth-largest television manufacturer in the world, after Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and TCL.
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- Osamu Nagayama (Chairman of the Board)
- Kazuo Hirai (President and CEO)
- inspirationThe inspiration for the earliest Sony logo. It was registered as a trademark in 1955 appeared on a few products of the company in 1957. The current form of the Sony wordmark was introduced two years later in 1959 with a goal to “communicate strength and simplicity”. The logotype underwent a few minor changes in 1961, 1962, 1969, and 1973and , most of these were executed by Sony designer Yasuo Kuroki.
Total Number of Employees
- 125,300employees(31 March 2014)
- Sony transformed the way we listen to music with the invention of the Walkman in 1979. The original prototype was created by an audio engineer for Sony co-founder Masaru Ibuka so that he could listen to operas during longhaul plane trips from Japan to the US. While it started as a portable tape player, Sony has kept the Walkman brand for CDs, MiniDiscs and MP3 players.
- Sony quit laptops and PCs last year, selling its Vaio business. It also spun out Bravia TV, with losses of £4.6bn in nine years.
- AIBO, the company’s robotic toy dog was born on 11 May 1999. It was added to Carnegie Mellon University’s Robot Hall of Fame as “the most sophisticated product ever offered in the consumer robot marketplace.” The last edition was launched in 2005.
- Sony moved into Hollywood in 1989 with the $3.4bn (£2.2bn) purchase of Columbia Pictures, renamed Sony Pictures Entertainment in 1991.
- It launched the first CD player – the CDP-101 – in 1982
- In 1973 Sony received the first Emmy awarded to a Japanese company, for developing the Trinitron colour TV.
- The company was founded by Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka on 7 May 1946. The name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound, and ‘sonny’, slang for youthful boys.