1937 to 1949

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Pioneer founder, Nozomu Matsumoto, develops the A-8 dynamic speaker.
Introduces the A-8, B-8 and C-8 Japan's first dynamic speakers.





Fukuin Shokai Denki Seisakusho (precursor of Pioneer) established in Osaki, Shinagawa-ku,Tokyo.
Receives orders form Komori Musen, a receiver manufacturer, for 4-inch speakers to be incorporated into 4-tube transformerless radios.
Produces high-end phonograph pickups, using a stock of pickup arms made by U.S.-based Venus Company and kept in Takagi Tekkojo in Osaka.


Relocates its plant to Otowa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
Shifts focus of production from large speakers for phonographs to small dynamic speakers for radios.
Supplies standardized speakers to Mitaka Musen, Ishikawa Musen, Nippon Seiki, and other manufacturers, in addition to selling speakers to wholesalers.
8 inch Dynamic Speaker

8 inch Dynamic Speaker

6 1/2 inch Dynamic Speaker

6 1/2 inch Dynamic Speaker


Fukuin Denki Seisakusho Yugen Gaisha established.
Acquires an adjoining sewing plant to expand its own plant, which operates at full capacity to produce dynamic speakers as well as government-endorsed affordably priced magnetic speakers Type 4.


Relocates some of speaker materials from Otowa Plant to Yorii, Saitama Prefecture, as part of national efforts to evacuate factories away from metropolises and into the interior.
Relocates head office and plant from Otowa 9-chome to 6-chome, Koishikawa-ku (currently Bunkyo-ku) in Tokyo.
Becomes subcontract factory for Tokyo Shibaura Denki (currently Toshiba) and shifts focus of production to transformers for aviation radios.


Moves speaker materials back to factory in Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, from temporarily relocated factory in Yorii, Saitama Prefecture, to resume production of dynamic speakers.
Produces 15-inch coaxial field speakers for theaters.


Trademarks the Pioneer logo, which is a combination of the Greek letter omega—symbol of electrical resistance—and a tuning fork.
Pioneer Logo

Pioneer Logo


Builds the first plant with 280 m2 floor space on company premises in Otowa 7-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
Fukuin Denki Kabushiki Kaisha incorporated.
The First Plant

The First Plant


Relocates head office to 6-5, Otowa-cho, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
AD in 1948

AD in 1948

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