History

Pioneer's history goes back to 1937, when its founder, Nozomu Matsumoto,
developed Japan's first dynamic speaker after years of trials and setbacks.
It was the culmination of his passion and dedication to emulate great-sounding speakers imported from abroad.

Since then, Pioneer, true to its name, has been at the forefront of driving innovation
to bring the world's first products and services to people around the world.
Explore 80 years of Pioneer's history.

1937 to 1949
Early Year

1937 to 1949 : Early Year

The beginning of Pioneer's legacy

Nozomu Matsumoto uses his ingenuity to design and develop the A-8 dynamic speaker in 1937. Fukuin Shokai Denki Seisakusho (precursor of Pioneer) is established in Tokyo the following year.

1950 to 1967
Years of Early Growth

1950 to 1967 : Years of Early Growth

Laying the foundation to become a full-line audio company

Fukuin Denki changes its trade name to Pioneer Electronic Corporation and becomes listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1961. Releases the world's first separate stereo system with detached speakers the following year.

1968 to 1979
Years of Global Expansion

1968 to 1979 : Years of Global Expansion

Growing into a global audio brand

Pioneer expands its sales network globally. Becomes the first in the world to introduce component car stereos and establishes its name in the audio industry.

1980 to 1989
Years of Accelerated Growth

1980 to 1989 : Years of Accelerated Growth

Growing into an audio/video company

Pioneer brings out LaserDisc optical video discs and players, which offer new forms of audio/video entertainment for home and for commercial applications such as LD karaoke.

1990 to 1999
Years of Technology Leadership I

1990 to 1999 : Years of Technology Leadership I

Leading the way through innovation

Pioneer leads the way in the global audio/video market with the introduction of the world's first GPS car navigation systems, DVD recorders, and high-definition plasma displays.

2000 to 2007
Years of Technology Leadership II

2000 to 2007 : Years of Technology Leadership II

Leading the way through innovation

Pioneer continues to lead the way in the global audio/video market with the introduction of the world's first HDD car navigation systems, DJ CD players, and 1080p plasma displays.

2008 to 2017
Years of Transformation

2008 to 2017 : Years of Transformation

Evolving into a new Pioneer

Pioneer chooses to focus its resources on the car electronics business, stepping up its efforts to develop technologies to become a key provider of solutions for connected cars and autonomous driving.