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With the success of its electronics business, Samsung has been recognized globally as an industry leader in technology and now ranks as a top 10 global brand.


  • 1938Samsung founded in Daegu, Korea.
  • 1951Samsung Moolsan established (now Samsung Corporation).
  • 1954Cheil Industries Inc. founded.
  • 1958Ankuk Fire & Marine Insurance acquired (renamed Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in October 1993).
  • 1963DongBang Life Insurance acquired (renamed Samsung Life Insurance in July 1989).
  • 1966Joong-Ang Development established (known today as Samsung Everland).
  • 1969Samsung-Sanyo Electronics established (renamed Samsung Electro-Mechanics in March 1975 and merged with Samsung Electronics in March 1977).


  • 1970Samsung-Sanyo started to produce black-and-white TV (model: P-3202).
  • 1972Samsung-Sanyo began production of black-and-white televisions for domestic sale.
  • 1974Samsung Heavy Industries incorporated.
  • 1976Samsung Electro-Mechanics produced 1 millionth black-and-white TV.
  • 1977Samsung Electronics started export of color televisions.
  • 1978Samsung Electronics produced 4 millionth black-and-white TV (most in the world).
  • 1979Samsung Electronics began mass production of microwave ovens.


  • 1980Samsung Electronics began producing air conditioners.
  • 1981Samsung Electronics produced 1 millionth color TV.
  • 1982Samsung Electronics established sales subsidiary (SEG) in Germany.
  • 1983Samsung Electronics began production of personal computers (PCs).
  • 1984Samsung Data Systems established (Renamed Samsung SDS).
  • 1988Samsung Semiconductor & Telecommunications Co merged with Samsung Electronics. Home appliances, telecommunications, and semiconductors selected as core business lines.
  • 1989Samsung BP Chemicals founded.


  • 1992Samsung Electronics developed mobile phone system.
  • 1993Samsung Electronics acquired U.S. firm HMS.
  • 1994Samsung Aerospace developed the world’s first four-power zoom camera.
  • 1995Samsung Entertainment Group started.
  • 1996Samsung Electronics developed world’s fastest CPU (central processing unit), the Alpha chip.
  • 1997Samsung Electronics became a Worldwide Olympic Partner (TOP) in the wireless communications category.
  • 1999Samsung Electronics became first in the world to mass-produce and offered a full line up of digital TVs.


  • 2000Samsung Olympic Games Phone selected as the official mobile phone of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
  • 2001Samsung Electronics ranked No. 1 of world’s Top 100 IT Companies by BusinessWeek.
  • 2003Samsung Electronics ranked 5th on the “Most Admired Electronics Company” list released by the Fortune Magazine.
  • 2005Samsung Electronics ranked 27th in “the World’s Most Admired Company” of Fortune.
  • 2007Samsung Electronics attained No.1 worldwide market share position for LCD for the sixth year in a row.
  • 2008Samsung Electronics launched OMNIA phone.
  • 2009Samsung Electronics built the world’s largest mobile phone as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.


  • 2011Samsung Electronics won the Innovation Awards at the CES 2012 with 30 products.
  • 2012Samsung took the 9th place among global 'top 100 brands' with the brand value of USD 32.9 billion.
  • 2013Samsung ranks 8th in Interbrand’s ‘Best Global Brands' with a brand value of USD 39.6B.
  • 2014Samsung ranks 7th in Interbrand's 'Best Global Brands' with a brand value of USD 45.5B.
  • 2014Samsung introduces new branded SSD powered by 3D V-NAND.
  • 2015Samsung ranks #1 in Corporate Brand Reputation in the U.S.
  • 2015Samsung Electronics wins 27 awards at Cannes Lions 2015.
  • 2015Samsung Electronics ranked #1 for 4G LTE/LTE-A standard-essential patents.
  • 2016Samsung ranks #1 in US smartphone market with 28.8% market share
  • 2016Samsung Claims Top Spot as Best Brand in Asia for Fifth Consecutive Year
  • 2017Samsung wins 36 Innovation awards at 2017 CES
  • 2017Samsung ranks 6th in Interbrand's 'Best Global Brands', with a brand value of USD 56.2 bn