LG Electronics

LG Electronics

Infobox Company
company_name = LG Electronics
company_type = Public
genre =
foundation = 1958
founder =
location = flagicon|South Korea Seoul, South Korea
origins =
key_people = [http://www.lge.com/about/corporate/executives_01_biography.jsp Yong Nam] , Vice Chairman & CEO
area_served =
industry = Mobile Communication, Digital Display, Digital Appliance and Digital Media
products =
revenue = profit $68.8 billion USD
operating_income =
net_income =
num_employees = 82,772 (29,948 in Korea/ 52,824 overseas) - as of 2006
parent = LG Group
divisions =
subsid =
owner =
company_slogan = Life's Good
homepage = [http://www.lge.com LG Electronics Worldwide]
dissolved =
footnotes =

Infobox Korean name

LG Electronics (kse|066570, lse|LGLD) is a South Korean multinational corporation. It is South Korea's second largest electronics maker and the world's third largest appliance maker. [http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/lg-electronics-sees-strong-home/story.aspx?guid=%7B92C23299-5061-46FA-AA17-A15063A7BB4F%7D]

With headquarters in the LG Twin Towers on Yeouido, Seoul, LG Electronics is the flagship company of LG Group, one of the largest chaebols.

The company has 75 subsidiaries worldwide that design and manufacture televisions, home appliances, and telecommunications devices. LG Electronics owns Zenith Electronics and controls LG Displays, a joint venture with Philips Electronics. [http://www.hoovers.com/lg-electronics/--ID__55961--/free-co-profile.xhtml]


By 2005, LG was a Top 100 global brand and in 2006, LG recorded a brand growth of 14%. [ [http://bwnt.businessweek.com/brand/2006] ] Now the world's largest plasma panel manufacturer, [ [http://uk.lge.com/ir/html/ABboards.do?action=read&group_code=AB&list_code=PRE_MENU&seq=5458&page=1&target=pressreleases_read.jsp] ] its affiliate, LG Display, is one of the largest manufacturers of liquid crystal displays. Also in 2006, the company's mobile phone division, LG Mobile, marketed the LG Chocolate phone, changing the company's image of the maker of thick 3G phones. It now focuses on the design and marketing of phones such as the LG Shine, the LG Glimmer and LG Prada (KE850). As a result, the company was picked as "The Design Team of the Year" by the Red Dot Design Award in 2006~2007 and is often called the "New Apple" or "New Sony" in the industry and online communities. They also sponsor English Premier League club, Fulham FC.

In 2006, its net income was $226 million, on total revenues of $24.7 billion. [http://www.hoovers.com/lg-electronics/--ID__55961,ticker__--/free-co-fin-factsheet.xhtml]

Company history

The company was originally established in 1958 as GoldStar, producing radios, TVs, refrigerators,washing machines, and air conditioners. [http://www.lge.com/about/corporate/history.jsp]

The LG Group was a merger of two Korean companies, Lucky and GoldStar, from which the abbreviation of "LG" was derived. The current "Life's Good" slogan is a backronym. Before the corporate name change to "LG", household products were sold under the brand name of "Lucky", while electronic products were sold under the brand name of "GoldStar" (Hangul:금성). The GoldStar brand is still perceived as a discount brand.'In 1994 Goldstar gained sponsorship from The 3DO Company to make the first 3DO Interactive multiplayer.

In 1995, GoldStar was renamed LG Electronics, and acquired Zenith Electronics of the United States.

LG Solar Energy is a subsidiary formed in 2007 to allow LG Chem to supply polysilicon to LG Electronics for production of solar cells . In 2008, LG took its first dive into the solar-panel manufacturing pool, as it announced a preliminary deal to form a joint venture with Conergy.Under the deal, set to be completed by year's end, LG would acquire a 75 percent stake in Conergy's Frankfurt solar-panel plant [http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/lg-plots-solar-partnership-with-conergy-1395.html] .


LG Electronics sponsored the English football club Leicester City and Weyside Rovers (Guildford) from 2000 until 2002. LG Electronics currently sponsors the English football club Fulham F.C and Arsenal FC, the Brazilian football club São Paulo F.C., AEK Athens FC from Greece, the International Cricket Council, Australian Football League club the Fremantle Football Club and National Rugby League club Cronulla Sharks.

Business divisions

Mobile communications

Currently number five, LG Electronics is expected to become the fourth largest handset maker in 2008. [http://www.telecomtiger.com/fullstory.aspx?storyid=1302] LG Electronics USA has a variety of handsets on their website at [http://us.lge.com/products/category/list/mobile%20phones.jhtml Mobile Phones - LG Electronics USA] .

Digital appliance

The home appliance division makes products like refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines. Its 2007 sales totaled KRW 11.8 trillion, accounting for 29% of the company's total revenue. The division's profit was KRW 717.1 billion. About 35% of the company's home appliance revenue comes from the North American market. [http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/lg-electronics-sees-strong-home/story.aspx?guid=%7B92C23299-5061-46FA-AA17-A15063A7BB4F%7D]

Digital display

Plasma TVs, LCD TVs, Micro Display Panel TVs, Monitors, PDP Modules, OLED Panels, USB Memory, Flat Panel Computer Monitors

Digital media

Home Theater Systems, DVD Recorders, Super Multi DVD Rewriters, CD±RW, Notebook PCs, Desktop PCs, PDAs, PDA Phones, MP3 Players, New Karaoke Systems, Car Infotainment

Company brands

* & - MP3 Player
* Cyon - Mobile phone
* Dios - Premium appliance (before LG's home refrigerator brand)
* Flatron - computer monitor, TV
* IrisAccess - Iris recognition
* Platon - CRT TV
* Rumor - Mobile Phone
* Super Multi - Trademark for DVD+R(W)/-RAM burners
* Whisen - Air conditioner
* Xcanvas - PDP & LCD HDTV
* Xnote - laptop computer
* XD Engine - TV Technology
* Xpion - Desktop computer

See also

* Economy of South Korea
* Electronics
* LG Telecom
* LG Powercom
* LG Prada (KE850)
* List of Korea-related topics
* List of LG mobile phones

External links

* [http://www.lge.com LG Electronics Global Website]
* [http://www.lge.co.kr LG Electronics Korea Website]
* [http://www.lgmobile.com LG Mobile Website]
* [http://www.lgblog.co.uk Official LG UK Blog]
* [http://www.lgvideocontest.com "Life's Good When..." LG Video Contest]
* [http://www.youtube.com/lgvideocontest LG Video Contest YouTube Channel]

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