Founded in 1875 by Tanaka Seizo-sho, Toshiba is a Japanese multinational engineering and electronics corporation. With its headquarters located in Tokyo, Japan, Toshiba’s produces many of the electronic products and services we’re extremely familiar with today. The company is grouped into four main areas: The digital products group, the electronic devices group, the home appliances group, and the social infrastructure group. Together they make up Toshiba as a whole, a very large company indeed.
To meet increasing North American market demands for televisions and other electronic products, Toshiba signed a contract with Orion Electric. Orion is one of the world’s largest consumer video electronic makers and suppliers. While the deal was successful, Orion and Toshiba ended the partnership in 2008.
In 2004, Toshiba discontinued production of cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions. Only two years later in 2006, they announced the in-house discontinuation of plasma televisions. They realized both technologies were at their end-of-life, and had been working on new technologies to help push them forward.
Televisions aside, Toshiba manufactures a wide range of products, including control systems, railway systems, point-of-sale equipment, elevators and escalators, home appliances, air conditioners, medical equipment, personal computers, semiconductors, TFT displays, and much more.
Toshiba has often been judged as making very little efforts to reduce the impact of their industry on the environment. Back in November of 2012, Toshiba came in at second from the bottom on Greenpeace’s 18th edition of the ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’. This guide ranks electronics companies according to policies, energy, and sustainable operation. Toshiba slotted in with 2.3 points out of a possible 10.