Mechatronics Era

History

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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Mechatronics Era

Mechatronics Era


Adding electronics technology to a mechanical base was a natural step for Brother, which from the beginning has been actively engaged in the development of new products. In 1971, Brother successfully developed the world's first high-speed dot-matrix printer, an achievement considered to be the origin of today's printing technology. This product, developed jointly with a U.S. venture company, earned a reputation both in Japan and abroad for its impressive high print speed compared to contemporary machines of the time.

In 1980, Brother developed an electronic typewriter (EM-1) for office use that featured daisy wheel printing using a linear pulse motor, and the product soon acquired an excellent reputation. As an official supplier of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Brother provided 3,000 typewriters, thereby gaining international recognition as the No. 1 typewriter brand.

Following this period, Brother released a unique "Labelling system" product, which used thermal transfer technologies developed through the production of electronic personal printers and Japanese word processors. In 1987, Brother began the production of facsimile machines, further strengthening the company's position in the information and communications equipment field.