National Geographic : 1960 Dec
Sony engineers are proud of an exhibit out side their board room. It contains more than 30 copies of the original TR-63 radio from a score of countries. These days it is the Japanese government that protests about pat ent-infringing imitation. There were 30-odd associates in the Sony of 15 years ago; today the company employs more than 3,500; nearly 20 percent have uni versity degrees. Tape recorders, transistors, and transistor radios are the most important 762 products, but research never stops. Early this year Sony marketed the world's first all transistor television set. Sony today has capital of more than 2.5 million dollars, and last year produced more than $27,000,000 worth of goods. "The important thing," said Mr. Morita, "is that we're competing in the world market, not on the basis of cheap labor, but on the foundations of inventive skill and superior manufacturing techniques."