Toshiba Business Analysis

Introduction to Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, commonly known as Toshiba (stylized in all uppercaps) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Its diversified products and services include information technology and communications equipment and systems, electronic components and materials, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems, consumer electronics, household appliances, medical equipment, office equipment, as well as lighting and logistics.

Toshiba was founded in 1939 as Tokyo Shibaura Denki K.K. through the merger of Shibaura Seisaku-sho (founded in 1875) and Tokyo Denki (founded in 1890). The company name was officially changed to Toshiba Corporation in 1978.

In 2018 the company sold Westinghouse, one of its many prior acquisitions, which had included: Semp in 1977, Westinghouse Electric LLC in 2006, Landis+Gyr in 2011, and IBM’s point-of-sale business in 2012.

Toshiba is organized into four groupings: the Digital Products Group, the Electronic Devices Group, the Home Appliances Group and the Social Infrastructure Group. It is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, where it is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 and TOPIX indices, the Osaka Securities Exchange and the Nagoya Stock Exchange. Toshiba is the ninth largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world.

On 11 April 2017, Toshiba filed unaudited quarterly results because of uncertainties at Westinghouse, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Toshiba stated that “substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern exists”.

Toshiba Case Study
Industry Conglomerate
Founded July 1875; 143 years ago
1890
1939
Headquarters
Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Nobuaki Kurumatani
Satoshi Tsunakawa
Products Electronics
Semiconductors
Social infrastructure
Computer hardware
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