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NEC Corporation, Nippon Electric Co. Ltd. (Nippon Denki); Tokyo

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Name: NEC Corporation, Nippon Electric Co. Ltd. (Nippon Denki); Tokyo    (J)  
Abbreviation: nec
Products: Model types Others Tube manufacturer

Nippon Denki g.k.
Main office: 2 Shikoku-Cho, Shiba-Ku, Tokyo
Tube Plant (1936): Tamagawa Mukai, Shimonuma-Gun, Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Nippon Denki k.k. (after WW2)
Main Office: 5-7-1 Shiba, Minato-Ku. Tokyo
Tube plant: 1753 Shimo-Numabe, Kakahara-Ku, Kawasaki

NEC Corporation - Nippon Denki Kabushiki Gaisha

Founded: 1899
Production: 1899 -
While the company was first formed in 1899, tube research did not begin until 1931. In 1932 the chief engineer, Dr Shoji Kobayashi, visited Europe to study tube manufacture and spent about a year there. Earliest tubes were made for voltage and power amplifiers as well as repeaters for wired communication. Transmitting tubes were developed in 1933 and these were based on Western Electric and STC designs. The company strove for high quality, high performance and long life in its tubes. World War Two saw the factory bombed and new premises were found. Materials were in short supply and quality of products dropped considerably. Some tube manufacturing processes were moved to the Ohtsu branch factory and later to Niigata. After the War, the US Military engaged the company in tube manufacture for the US Occupation Forces. Pulse transmitting tubes and CRT's were mass produced. This second field of production led to CRT's being made for the TV industry. Other larger transmitting tubes were made for the next 10 years. In the period up to 1950-51 the company continued to make repeater tubes of Western Electric design.

The company was renamed from Nippon Electric Company to NEC Corporation effective April 1983.

This manufacturer was suggested by Eilert Menke.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
58 Transistor All Wave NT-86B    
57 All Transistor NT-7P    
85 High Sensitivity Receiver WG-613   High sensitivity receiver Altavoz: 0,5 W 8 Ω, model YD58-I 
62 Galaxie 12BA6  Similar in style to the NEC Hi-Mood.  
60 Six All Transistor NT-81    
63 NEC NT-6M21   Made in Japan.  AM only.  Civil Defense marks on station dial.   
80 Stereo Cassette Deck K-315E [SC SA SG]   Type: 2-head, single compact cassette deck Track System: 4-track, 2-channel stereo Tape ... 
85 14T411NM-D 370KSB22  System Colour: NTSC Semiconductor without tuner   
80 Stereo System Music Tower W-201E   Variants: SG and SA, differing in power supply voltage. 
61/62 NT-7M64 2SC184   
80 Radio Cassette Tape Recorder RM-248RE   Mono- Radio- Recorder mit sleep-timer, eingebautes Mikrofon und Fine tuning.  
70 NT-7H11    


Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

Kunihiko Iwadare, Founder of NECtbn_kunihikoiwadarenec.jpg
First head-office in Tokyo, 1899tbn_firstheadofficeofnec1899tokyo.jpg
New Mita Plant at the site of the present head office, 1901.tbn_necmitaplant1901.jpg
First NEC logotbn_nec_logo_no_1.png
Sumitomo group logotbn_nec_logo_no_2.png
Western Electric influencetbn_nec_logo_no_3.png
1930's - 70's logotbn_nec_logo_no_4.png
Current NEC logotbn_nec_logo_no_5.png