Sharp not only offers stylish design, but also innovation with premium features and unique technologies. These include efficient cooling systems, deodoriser and Plasmacluster Technology meeting every need of freshness and long term storage of food.
The story began....
In 1912, founder, Tokuji Hayakawa, was awarded a patent for the "Tokubijo" snap buckle (he was 18 years old at the time). On September 15, the same year, he established a small metalworking shop in Tokyo. The company began with three employees and initial capital of just under 50 yen.
In 1915, Mr. Hayakawa continued to research and improve techniques to manufacture a metal writing instrument which, at the time, had not yet been developed. In 1915, he invented a mechanical pencil named the "Ever-Sharp Pencil" that took the world by storm. The name of the company today and its trademark are derived from this product.
In May 1935, the structure of the company was modified to become a joint-stock corporation under the name Hayakawa Metal Works Institute Co. (capitalization: 300,000 yen.)
Since then, based on our founder Tokuji Hayakawa's dream to "Make products that other companies want to imitate", Sharp has gone from strength to strength with our technologically-advanced 'one-of-a-kind' products.
Sharp has a long history of creating breakthrough products designed to meet the needs of people living in Australia and around the world. Sharp’s world-wide leadership in technology innovations ensures Sharp is at the forefront of the pack.
Today, Sharp products are sold in 140 countries. There are 27 manufacturing operations, 29 sales companies and 2 representative offices in 26 countries.
Sharp aims to continue to make contribution to the Australian society by bringing innovative solutions to your everyday lives.
Sharp has a history of creating market demand by coming out with original, innovative products that make people's lives richer and their work more efficient. it is the patronage and support of these people that have brought Sharp to 2012, the company's 100th anniversary.
From its humble beginnings in Japan, Sharp has expanded its business across the globe, in the process amazing and capturing the hearts of people with products created through the company creed of 'Sincerity and Creativity'.
As the sun rises on Sharp's second century, the company will continue doing what is both its mission and its joy: provide products and technologies that help make society a better place. Join us as we take Sharp to even more people and places.