Skip to Contents


The history of LG has always been based around the company's desire to create a happier, better life.

LG Electronics was established in 1958 and has since led the way into the advanced digital era thanks to the technological expertise acquired by manufacturing many home appliances such as radios and TVs. LG Electronics has unveiled many new products, applied new technologies in the form of mobile devices and digital TVs in the 21st century and continues to reinforce its status as a global company.

LG Electronics 50-year History

Download(PDF, 21.0mb)
1958 Founded as GoldStar1959 Korea first radios1998 60-inch Plasma TV1999 Joint venturewith Philips2003 Enters UK GSM handset market2005 Develops 3G UMTS DMB handset2007 Launches HD disc player and drive
Founded as GoldStar
Produces Korea's first radios, TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners
Renamed LG Electronics
Acquires US-based Zenith
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
Develops world's first 60-inch plasma TV
Establishes LG Philips LCD, a joint venture with Philips
Launches world's first Internet refrigerator
Exports synchronous IMT-2000 to Marconi Wireless of Italy
Significant exports to Verizon Wireless in U.S.
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
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
Enters Northern European and Middle East GSM handset market
Achieves monthly export volume above 2.5 million units (July)
Top global CDMA producer
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
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
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
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
Introduces new global brand identity: "Stylish design and smart technology, in products that fit our consumer's lives."