TOA History

  • From 1934
  • From 1950
  • From 1960
  • From 1970
  • From 1980
  • From 1990
  • From 2000
  • From 2010

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New TOA headquarters building located on Port Island, Kobe. Construction of TOA PI Building completed.

TOA Electric Co., Ltd. renamed TOA Corporation.

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NEW TOA - Setting Sail Toward a New Era

TOA headquarters

TOA Electronics Taiwan Corporation established in Taipei.

XEBEC Corporation established.

SAORI Digital Signal Processor developed.

Emperor Showa (Hirohito) passes away.

Consumption tax implemented.

Fall of Berlin Wall.




BEAM sound room opened at Tokyo Office.

The BEAM Sound Room in TOA's Tokyo office

An induction course held on a desert island as one of the new recruit education programs.

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A Punishing Desert isleSurvival Course

Desert island survival training course for new employees

Undersea tunnel between Aomori and Hokkaido completed.

Seoul Olympics.




Information Center opened.

All-zone broadcast system Call Station 12 developed.

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Improving Performances through Sound Design


Japan National Railways privatized and divided into seven regional JR companies.

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty concluded.




STI measuring system, color CCTV camera, teleconferencing system, and multi-point communication system developed.

TOA speaker sales increase, backed by a surging disco boom in Japan.

Enforcement of the Equal Employment Opportunity Law.

Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident (Soviet Union).

General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev begins Perestroika campaign.


F-300 Series

Crystel Hi

TOA wins its first Good Design Prize (G mark) for 7 models, including a simplified CCTV system.

Official supplier for 1985 Kobe Universiade.

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Favorable Response to TOA Sound Systems

Kobe Universiade

Japan Air Lines Flight 123 jumbo jet crashes in mountains.

Group of Five Conference of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors agree on enhancement of joint intervention in exchange markets. (Plaza Agreement.)




TOA enters the intercom market, introducing ten new products including door-phones.

New corporate symbol introduced.

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Changes in the TOA Logo

Sarajevo Winter Olympics.

Los Angeles Olympics boycotted by Soviet bloc countries.




TOA Electronics Ltd. (currently TOA Corporation (UK) Ltd.) established in the U.K.

CCTV (closed-circuit television) system developed.

Newly-released CCTV (closed-circuit television) system

The 1983 NAMM Show, where TOA's professional sound equipment won high praise popularity.

View of TOA's U.S. NAMM Show exhibit

Tsunami in Sea of Japan resulting from earthquake off coast of Akita Prefecture kills 104 people.

Korean Air Lines bombing incident.




Online national distribution network completed.

Hotel New Japan fire in Tokyo claims 33 lives.

Joetsu and Tohoku Shinkansen lines opened.




Starts operations of the Western Japan Distribution Center.

TOA equipment used at Kobe Portopia '81.

Large sound system installed in International Square of Kobe Port Island Exhibition

High-powered PA system gains excellent reputation

Pope John Paul II visits Japan.

Portopia '81 exposition held in Kobe.



Establishes Dynatron Industrial Co., Ltd. (consolidated accounting from 2001).

Acoustic Center opened at Takarazuka Headquarters.

Anechoic chamber in TOA's Acoustic Center

Moscow Olympics. United States, West Germany, Japan and other countries boycott.

Iran-Iraq War begins.

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About TOA

TOA is a company established in 1934, in Kobe, Japan. We provide innovative solutions and products centering those which provide sound. What TOA values is people’s smile. With more than 30 locations, we contribute to create a safe and reliable society globally with excitement, supporting the needs of local community.