From its inception as a small export business in Daegu, Korea, Samsung has grown to become one of the world's leading electronics companies, specialising in digital appliances and media, semiconductors, memory and system integration. Today Samsung's innovative and top quality products and processes are world recognised. This timeline captures the major milestones in Samsung's history, showing how the company expanded its product lines and reach, grew its revenue and market share and has followed its mission of making life better for consumers around the world.
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- - 2000-Present Pioneering the Digital Age
- - 1997-1999 Advancing the Digital Frontier
- - 1994-1996 Becoming a Global Force
- - 1990-1993 Competing in a Changing Tech World
- - 1980-1989 Entering the Global Marketplace
- - 1970-1979 Diversifying in Industries and Electronics
- - 1938-1969 Samsung's Beginnings
1938-1969 Samsung's Beginnings
On March 1, 1938, founding chairman Byung-Chull Lee started a business in Taegu, Korea, with 30,000 won.
At the start, his business focused primarily on trade export, selling dried Korean fish, vegetables, and fruit to Manchuria and Beijing. In little more than a decade, Samsung—which means "three stars" in Korean—would have its own flour mills and confectionery machines, its own manufacturing and sales operations, and ultimately evolve to become the modern global corporation that still bears the same name today.