History

The trajectory of LG Electronics, its growth and diversification, has always been grounded in the company ethos of making our customers' lives ever better and easier-happier, even-through increased functionality and fun. Since its founding in 1958, LG Electronics has led the way to an ever-more advanced digital era. Along the way, our constantly evolving technological expertise has lent itself to many new products and applied technologies. Moving forward into the 21st century, LG continues to on its path to becoming the finest global electronics company, bar none.

LG Electronics 50-year History

  • 1958
    Founded as GoldStar

  • 1960's
    Produces Korea's first radios, TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners

    1995
    Renamed LG Electronics Acquires US-based Zenith

    1997
    World's first CDMA digital mobile handsets supplied to Ameritech and GTE in U.S. Achieves UL certification in U.S. Develops world's first IC set for DTV

  • 1998
    Develops world's first 60-inch plasma TV

  • 1999
    Establishes LG Philips LCD, a joint venture with Philips

    2000
    Launches world's first Internet refrigerator Exports synchronous IMT-2000 to Marconi Wireless of Italy Significant exports to Verizon Wireless in U.S.

    2001
    GSM mobile handset Exports to Russia, Italy, and Indonesia Establishes market leadership in Australian CDMA market Launches world's first Internet washing machine, air conditioner, and microwave oven

    2002
    Under LG Holding Company system, separates into LG Electronics and LG Corporation Full-scale export of GPRS color mobile phones to Europe Establishes CDMA handset production line and R&D center in China

  • 2003
    Enters Northern European and Middle East GSM handset market Achieves monthly export volume above 2.5 million units (July) Top global CDMA producer

    2004
    EVSB, the next-generation DTV transmission technology, chosen to be the U.S./Canada Industry standard by the US ATSC Commercializes world's first 55" all-in-one LCD TV Commercializes world's first 71" plasma TV Develops world's first Satellite- and Terrestrial-DMB handsets

  • 2005
    Becomes fourth-largest supplier of the mobile handsets market worldwide Develops world's first 3G UMTS DMB handset, 3G-based DVB-Hand Media FLO DMB Phone with time-shift function and DMB notebook computer Establishes LG-Nortel, a network solution joint venture with Nortel

    2006
    LG Chocolate, the first model in LG's Black Label series of premium handsets, sells 7.5 million units worldwide Develops the first single-scan 60" HD PDP module and 100-inch LCD TV Establishes strategic partnership with UL Acquires the world's first IPv6 Gold Ready logo

  • 2007
    Launches the industry's first dual-format, high-definition disc player and drive Launches 120Hz Full HD LCD TV Demonstrated the world-first MIMO 4G-Enabled technologies with 3G LTE Won contract for GSMA's 3G campaign

    2008
    Introduces new global brand identity: "Stylish design and smart technology, in products that fit our consumer's lives." Posted No.1 spot in US frontloading washers in 5 consecutive quarters Unveiled the world's first Bluetooth headset combined mobile phone Unveiled the world's first Blu-ray network storage Developed the world's first LTE mobile modem chip Recorded over 100 million units of LG air conditioners in accumulated sales

    2009
    Became second-largest LCD TV provider worldwide Became third-largest supplier of mobile handsets market worldwide Became Global Partner and Technology Partner of Formula One™

    2010
    Unveiled the world’s first and fastest dual-core smartphone, LG OPTIMUS 2X Unveiled the world’s first full LED 3D TV