1918 - Konosuke Matsushita founds Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works. 1918 to 1935 - company trades and is known as Matsushita Electric, or just Matsushita. 1918 – designs an improved attachment plug; 1920 - designs and manufactures duplex lamp sockets; 1927 - designs and manufactures the company's first bicycle lamp. 1935 - designing and manufacturing televisions. 1935 - company name changes to Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.