A digital leader. A responsible global citizen. A multi-faceted family of companies. An ethical business. Samsung is all of these and more. At Samsung Group and Samsung Electronics, we uphold a belief in shared responsibility - to our people, our planet and our society. Across the company, we hold ourselves to the highest standards so that we can more effectively contribute to a better world. From its beginning as a small export business in Taegu, Korea, Samsung has grown to become one of the world's leading electronics companies, specifying in digital appliances and media, semiconductors, memory, and system integration.
Today Samsung's advanced 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.
Pioneering the Digital Age The digital age has brought innovative change – and opportunity – to global business, and Samsung has responded with advanced technologies, competitive products, and constant innovation. The digital age has brought revolutionary change – and opportunity – to global business, and Samsung has responded with advanced techno-technologies, competitive products, and constant innovation. For over 70 years, Samsung has been dedicated to make a better world through diverse businesses that today span advanced technology, semiconductors, skyscraper and plant construction, petrochemicals, fashion, medicine, finance, hotels, and more.
Our flagship company, Samsung Electronics, leads the global market in high-tech electronics manufacturing and digital media. Through pioneering, reliable products and services; talented people; a responsible approach to business and global citizenship; and collaboration with our partners and customers, Samsung is taking the world in imaginative new directions.
In 1938 the Samsung's founder Byung-Chull Lee set up a trade export company in Korea, selling fish, vegetables, and fruit to China. Within a decade Samusng had flour mills and confectionary machines and became a co-operation in 1951. Humble beginnings. From 1958 onwards Samsung began to expand into other industries such as financial, media, chemicals and ship building throughout the 1970's.
In 1969, Samsung Electronics was established producing what Samsung is most famous for, Televisions, Mobile Phones (throughout 90's), Radio's, Computer components and other electronics devices. 1987 founder and chairman, Byung-Chull Lee passed away and Kun-Hee Lee took over as chairman. In the 1990's Samsung began to expand globally building factories in the US, Britain, Germany, Thailand, Mexico, Spain and China until 1997. In 1997 nearly all Korean businesses shrunk in size and Samsung was no exception. They sold businesses to relieve debt and cut employees down lowering personnel by 50,000. But thanks to the electronic industry they managed to curb this and continue to grow.
The history of Samsung and mobile phones stretches back to over 10 years. In 1993 Samsung developed the 'lightest' mobile phone of its era. The SCH-800 and it was available on CDMA networks. Then they developed smart phones and a phone combined mp3 player towards the end of the 20th century. To this date Samsung are dedicated to the 3G industry. Making video, camera phones at a speed to keep up with consumer demand. Samsung has made steady growth in the mobile industry and are currently second but competitor Nokia is ahead with more than 100% increase in shares.