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.

1958

Founded as Goldstar

1960’s

Produces Korea’s first consumer radios, TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners.

1995

Renamed LG Electronics
Acquires U.S.-based Zenith

1997

Introduces world’s first CDMA digital mobile-handsets, supplied to Ameritech and GTE in the U.S.
Achieves UL certification in U.S
Develops world’s first IC set for DTV

1998

Unveils 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
Attains 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 colour mobile phones to Europe
Establishes CDMA handset production-line and R&D centre 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 to mobile handsets 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 solutions 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 the first 100" LCD TV
Establishes strategic partnership with UL
Acquires world's first IPv6 Gold Ready logo

2007

Launches industry's first dual-format, HD disc-player and drive
Launches 120Hz full HD LCD TV
Demonstrates world-first MIMO 4G-enabled technologies with 3G LTE
Wins 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."