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The history of LG Electronics has always been surrounded by 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.

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LG Electronics 50-year History

LG’S 50 YEAR HISTORY

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1958 Founded as GoldStar
  • 1958
    Founded as GoldStar

1959 Korea first radios
  • 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 60-inch Plasma TV
  • 1998
    Develops world's first 60-inch plasma TV

1999 Joint venturewith Philips
  • 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 UK GSM handset market
  • 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 HD disc player and drive
  • 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