Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1939 as the Tokyo Shibaura Electric K.K. with the merger of Shibaura Seisaku-sho and Tokyo Denki, both founded in the late 1800s.
The company changed its name to the Toshiba Corporation in 1978.
Toshiba’s products and services include information technology, communications equipment, electric components, household appliances, medical equipment, office equipment, lighting and logistics, and power systems.
The company has made many important acquisitions, including I.B.M.’s point-of-sale business in 2012.
In 2010, Toshiba was the world’s fifth largest personal computer vendor, as measured by revenues. The same year, it was the fourth-largest manufacturer of semiconductors by revenues.