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Company Name
ONKYO Corporation
Head Office
Kitahama Chuo Bldg. 2-2-22 Kitahama, Chuo-ku, Osaka 541-0041, Japan
Established
October 1, 2010
Representatives
Munenori Otsuki, President, Chief Executive Officer
Hiroshi Nakano, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
End of Fiscal Year
March 31
Capital
2,628,539,000 yen (as of February 6th, 2012)
Description of Business
Business management of group companies and research and development of products for group companies
Offices
Head Office, Tokyo Office, R & D Center
Affiliated Companies
Domestic (9), Overseas (12)

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September, 1946
Established in Miyakojima-ku, Osaka City, as Osaka Denki Onkyo K.K.
March, 1947
Changed corporate name to Osaka Onkyo K.K.
June, 1952
Relocated headquarters and factory to Asahi-ku, Osaka City
June, 1957
Entered an equity capital agreement with Toshiba Corporation
January, 1961
Opened Kori Factory in Neyagawa City, Osaka
April, 1969
Opened Nisshin Factory in Neyagawa City, Osaka
September, 1971
Changed corporate name to Onkyo Corporation
July, 1972
Established Onkyo Europe Electronics GmbH (currently a consolidated subsidiary) as a sales company in Germany
November, 1972
Relocated headquarters to Neyagawa City, Osaka, and established Acoustic Technology Research Center (currently Development Center)
October, 1975
Established Onkyo U.S.A. Corporation as a sales company
April, 1979
Established Onkyo America, Inc., as a manufacturing company
April, 1980
Established Onkyo Electronics Corporation (currently a consolidated subsidiary) as a manufacturing company in Tsu City, Mie
May, 1986
Established Tottori Onkyo Corporation (currently a consolidated subsidiary) as a manufacturing company in Kurayoshi City, Tottori
May, 1989
Established Onkyo (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. as a manufacturing company in Malaysia
April, 1991
Established Onkyo Electric (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (currently a consolidated subsidiary) as a manufacturing company in Malaysia
June, 1993
Dissolved capital alliance with Toshiba Corporation
July, 1993
Commenced sales of INTEC 275 hi-fi component system
September, 1993
Established Onkyo LIV Corporation (currently a consolidated subsidiary)
May, 1994
Commenced sales of world’s first THX®-certified A/V receiver (TX-SV919THX), in cooperation with Lucasfilm Ltd. (currently THX Ltd.)
June, 1995
Commenced sales of INTEC 185 micro component system
March, 1996
Established Business Network Telecom Corporation (currently a consolidated subsidiary)
June, 1997
Acquired one-third stake in Onkyo China Co., Ltd. (currently an equity affiliate), as a sales company in Hong Kong
January, 1998
Commenced production and distribution of OMF cone speakers
February, 1998
Established a real estate business to more effectively use land formerly accommodating the Nisshin and Kori factories
March, 1998
Commenced sales of audio board for PC
August, 1998
Achieved ISO9001 certification, an international quality management standard
February, 2000
Acquired new office building (Onkyo Yaesu building) in Chuo-ku, Tokyo
August, 2000
Transferred stocks of Onkyo America, Inc.
October, 2000
Acquired interest in Onkyo Shah Alam (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (currently a consolidated subsidiary, Onkyo Asia Electronics Sdn. Bhd.)
December, 2000
Achieved ISO14001 certification, an international standard of environmental management
April, 2001
Commenced sales of GXW-5.1—the industry’s first home theater system compatible with Dolby® Pro Logic® II
November, 2001
Established Shanghai Onkyo Electronics Corporation (currently a consolidated subsidiary) as a manufacturing company in Shanghai, China
March, 2002
Transferred stocks of Business Network Telecom Corporation
March, 2002
Established Onkyo Industrial Components, Inc. as a sales company in the USA
May, 2002
Commenced sales of BASE-V10 micro home theater system
February, 2003
Registered over-the-counter stock in Japan Securities Dealers Association
April, 2003
Commenced sales of DTA-7—the world’s first 7-channel digital power amplifier
January, 2004
Acquired interest in Plus Industry Co., Ltd. (currently an equity affiliate) and Zhongshan Purasu Acoustic Co., Ltd. (currently a consolidated subsidiary)
February, 2004
Established Shanghai Onkyo International Trade Corporation as a sales company in Shanghai, China
December, 2004
Deregistered over-the-counter stock in Japan Securities Dealers Association and listed on JASDAQ stock exchange
August, 2005
Established e-onkyo music store, a high-quality music distribution service
September, 2005
Established CO3 Corporation Ltd. (currently an equity affiliate) through consolidation with J-Stream Inc.
January, 2006
Changed company name to Onkyo U.S.A. Corporation through consolidation with Onkyo U.S.A. Corporation (an expired corporation) and Onkyo Industrial Components, Inc. (a merged corporation)
May, 2006
Commenced sales of HDC-7, an HD Media Computer which incorporated Intel® Viiv™ technology, a first for the specialized audio manufacturer
June, 2006
Onkyo China Co. Ltd. established Guangzhou Onkyo Electronics Corporation (currently an equity affiliate)
June, 2006
Onkyo LIV Corporation acquired an interest in Business Network Telecom Corporation
July, 2006
Established DO Corporation (currently an equity affiliate) through a consolidation with Daikoku Denki Co.,Ltd.
August, 2006
Changed the name of Onkyo LIV Corporation to Onkyo Marketing Corporation
August, 2007
Acquired an interest in Sotec Co., Ltd.
January, 2008
Acquired an interest in Technol Eight Corporation
March, 2008
Liquidated Onkyo (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
May, 2008
Liquidated Shanghai Onkyo International Trade Corporation
September, 2008
Merged with Sotec Co., Ltd.
September, 2008
Merged Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation with Onkyo Marketing Corporation and changed name to Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation (currently a consolidated subsidiary)
October, 2008
Acquired an additional interest in Onkyo China Co., Ltd. (currently a consolidated subsidiary)
October, 2008
Acquired an interest in S&O Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (currently an equity affiliate)
May, 2009
Transferred all stocks of Technol Eight Corporation
October, 2009
Rolled out Onkyo brand personal computer products (Japan only)
February, 2010
Established Onkyo China PRC (Shanghai) as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Onkyo China Co., Ltd. (currently a consolidated subsidiary)
April, 2010
Listed on JASDAQ market in Osaka Securities Exchange (following merger between JASDAQ Securities Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange)
May, 2010
Jointly established Onkyo Inventa (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. (currently an equity affiliate) with Inventec Corporation
June, 2010
Established Onkyo Inventa Technologies (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. (currently an equity affiliate) as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Onkyo Inventa (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd.
October, 2010
Established Onkyo Corporation as a holding company
October, 2010
Listed on JASDAQ market in Osaka Securities Exchange
December, 2010
Established Onkyo Sound & Vision Corporation, Onkyo Digital Solutions Corporation, Onkyo Development & Manufacturing Corporation, and Onkyo Marketing Japan Corporation, following company split under a holding company structure
March, 2011
Transferred stocks of Onkyo Inventa (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd.
March, 2011
Onkyo Inventa (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. and Onkyo Inventa Technologies (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. become Onkyo’s equity affiliates
January, 2012
Entered into a capital and business alliance with Gibson Guitar Corporation
January, 2012
Transferred some Onkyo U.S.A. Corporation stock to Gibson Guitar Corporation
January, 2012
Entered into a capital and business alliance with TEAC Corporation
March, 2012
Headquarters relocated to Chuo-ku, Osaka City. Onkyo Technical Center remains in Neyagawa City, Osaka
June, 2012
Established Moneual Onkyo Lifestyle Inc. through a consolidation with Moneual Inc.
July, 2012
Established Digital Acoustic Corporation

history

1946

The first step toward pure audio.

Osaka Denki ONKYO K.K. is established and begins manufacturing phonograph pickups. The CP-1000—the first product to bear the ONKYO brand—goes on sale. It retails for ¥300—this in a period when the average monthly income is ¥500.

1966

Selected as a “best buy” in Japan by “Kurashi no Techno”.

The ST-55 tabletop separate-component stereo system starts selling. Its performance, sound quality, and no-frills functional beauty make it a runaway best seller. A boom in tabletop separate-component stereo systems is triggered.

1968
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The slogan “four amplifiers” scores a big hit.

The MC2200 multi-channel stereo is announced. A multi-channel stereo boom grips Japan.

1970
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ONKYO wins first prize in the preamplifier category at the first Stereo Component Grand Prix.

The Integra A725 preamplifier system starts selling. New technical methods are employed for 90% of the design process, making the A725 the first of a new generation of products. MITI awards ONKYO the G-Mark for design excellence.

1974
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ONKYO achieves significant improvement in tuning accuracy through the use of quartz oscillators.

The TS-503 quartz-locked tuner is introduced. Automatic four-channel receivers start selling.

1981

Automatic continuous playback, high-speed dubbing, and simultaneous mixing become available in consumer products for the first time.

The TA-W800—the world’s first high-speed dubbing, double-cassette tape deck—starts selling. Consumers are now able to enjoy a wide variety of tape-editing functions.

1985
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The world’s first CD player—the C-700—with optical data transfer is marketed.

This revolutionary CD player uses a method to link the digital and analog blocks by using optical switching signals to prevent digital signal interference. The result is an improvement in the sound quality of digital audio components.

1987
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ONKYO gains a strong reputation in the United States as an A/V receiver manufacturer.

The TX-SV7M A/V receiver equipped with Dolby Surround decoding starts selling. The lineup of quality products is topped by the super-deluxe and best-selling TX-SV909PRO.

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Quest Integra and Quest Scepter marketed.

These products feature a new design concept and employ carefully selected materials and parts.

1994
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The world’s first THX™ certified A/V receiver released.

Onkyo joins forces with Lucasfilm to launch the world’s first THX™ certified A/V receiver, the five-channel TX-SV919THX. The Lucasfilm division later becomes known as THX Ltd, provider of the leading quality-assurance certification program in the home theater industry.

1996
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The world’s first THX™ certified 5.1-channel A/V receiver released.

Onkyo builds on the THX relationship with the TX-DS939, the world’s first THX certified 5.1-channel receiver. This model makes a huge impact in the world of immersive home theater.

1998
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Onkyo Micro Fiber (OMF) appears in speakers.

OMF is first used to construct Onkyo speaker cones. The fiber is shown to be effective in absorbing surface vibrations while enabling a fast, accurate response.

2000
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The world’s first 7.1-channel A/V receiver with THX Surround EX.

As Dolby Digital decoding enters the mainstream, the TX-DS989 pushes even further with THX Surround EX, which creates a truly immersive experience with effects steered behind the listener.

2004
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The world’s first fully modular A/V home network receiver introduced.

With back-side slots for replaceable modules, the TX-NR1000 gives a glimpse of the potential for A/V receivers to be upgradeable, customized components. The TX-NR1000 is also one of the first receivers to include network connectivity, as Onkyo’s proprietary Net-Tune interfaces with HDMI and IEEE1394 modules.

2007
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The world’s first receivers featuring Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio™, and HQV Reon-VX introduced.

Representing the first generation of A/V receivers to handle both video and audio in high definition, the TX-NR905 and TX-SR875 decode studio master-quality sound using the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs. These two receivers are also the first to incorporate the video processing power of HQV Reon-VX.

2010
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Nine-channel power amplifier is released.

Incorporating key technologies such as WRAT and Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry, the PA-MC5500 nine-channel amplifier marked a milestone in Onkyo’s journey toward perfect audio. As well as improving the performance and efficiency of its circuit architecture, Onkyo made efforts to eliminate vibration in its nine-channel model. This culminated in a rigid chassis design that significantly improved sound quality. The PA-MC5500 was soon regarded as the ultimate in home theater surround sound.

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Flagship “Reference” Hi-Fi Series makes its debut.

With the introduction of DIDRC (Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry), Onkyo set about producing a series of exclusive hi-fi separates for the committed audio enthusiast. The resulting Reference Series components showcase the DIDRC’s ability to reduce dynamic noise, and are noted for highly transparent, expressive stereo performance.

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