With a rich history spanning more than a century, Brother has grown from humble beginnings into a diversified multinational corporation. While its technology and business activities have evolved over time, a foundation of strong leadership and product innovation has remained a constant throughout Brother's history and remains just as important today as it was in 1908.
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- Spirit of Establishment
- Sewing Machine Era
- Diversification Era
- Mechatronics Era
- Network & Contents
- Global Vision 21
Kanekichi Yasui established Yasui Sewing Machine Co.
The company releases a chain-stitch sewing machine for the production of straw hats, its first product under the brand name of Brother. 1932 Brother succeeds in the domestic mass production of sewing machines.
Nippon Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co. (now Brother Industries, Ltd.) is established in Japan.
A regional sales company is established in the Americas.
A regional sales company is established in Euorope
The production of portable typewriters begin. Brother entersthe fields of business machines and macine tools
Corporate name is changed to Brother Industries, Ltd.
Stock is listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Osaka StockExchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange.
Production of the world’s first high-speed dot-matrixprinter begins.
Brother International (Aust) Pty. Ltd. is established in Australia.
Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. starts domestic production of sewing machines.
Production of electronic office typewriters begins.
Brother celebrates the 50th anniversary of itsincorporation. Brother provides typewriters at the Los Angeles Olympics Games as an official supplier.
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. begins production of electronic typewriters. Production of CNC tapping centre begins.
Brother enters the telecommunications equipment market.Production of laser printers and fax machines begins.
Production of labelling systems begins.
Production of business machine parts starts at Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia. Brother International Singapore Pte Ltd was established.
Brother International (Gulf) FZE was established.
Brother Industries, Ltd. (parent company) obtains its first IS0 9002 certification.
Brother Industries (Johor) Sdn. Bhd. commences production offax machines in Malaysia. Brother’s 30 millionth typewriter comes off theproduction line.
Brotheris the first to launch Laser Multi-Function Centre (MFC).
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. acquires its first ISO 14001certification.
Brother becomes an Official Supporter of the International Olympic Committee.
Brother starts sponsorship activity of Formula One racing team "Jordon".
Brother marks its production of 30 million domestic sewingmachines. Brother records its production of 10 million electronic labelling systems.
Brother’s Fax/MFC machines production reaches 20 million units. Brother - World’s First Printer manufacturer to achieve the coveted“TCO” standard, a globally recognised benchmark for excellence in ecology,energy, emissions and ergonomics.
Brother Industries (Shenzhen) Ltd. begins production of MFCs. Development of the revolutionary Capillary Tube Delivery Ink System for colour inkjet MFCs.
Brother marks shipment of 10 millionth Laser Product.
Brother develops a new range of inkjet MFCs incorporating 1.5pl (picolitre) ink droplet technology coupled with Innobella™ genuine consumables for high quality prints. Brotheris named among the top 50 IT vendors in Asia in ZDNet Asia Top Tech Index 2006/2007.
Brother launches the most celebrated 'Color' laser printers and MFCs incorporating their own propriety print engine technology.
Brother introduced the World's first A3 Inkjet Multi-Function Centres (named Professional Series).Brother's HL-2170W is awarded the "Pick of the Year" award for Monochrome Laser Printer by Buyers' Lab.
Brother launches its first range of Colour LED machines - 2 printers & 3 Multifunction Centres. Brother launched its first tri-lingual P-Touch Labelling machines that prints in English/Arabic and Persian.Brother Gulf established its first Branch office in Turkey.
* Note: Brother’s business started off as a workshop to repair sewing machines under Yasui Sewing Machine Co.