Milestones

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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Milestones

 

1908

            

Kanekichi Yasui established Yasui Sewing Machine Co*.

1928

        

The company releases a chain-stitch sewing machine for theproduction of straw hats, its first product under the brand name of Brother.1932 Brother succeeds in the domestic mass production of sewing machines.

1934

 

Nippon Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co. (now BrotherIndustries, Ltd.) is established in Japan.

1954

 

A regional sales company is established in the Americas.

1958

 

A regional sales company is established in Euorope

1961

 

The production of portable typewriters begin. Brother entersthe fields of business machines and macine tools

1962

 

Corporate name is changed to Brother Industries, Ltd.

1963

 

Stock is listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Osaka StockExchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange.

1971

 

Production of the world’s first high-speed dot-matrixprinter begins.

1977

 Brother International (Aust) Pty. Ltd. is established in Australia. 

1979

 

Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. starts domestic productionof sewing machines.

1980

 

Production of electronic office typewriters begins.

1984

 

Brother celebrates the 50th anniversary of itsincorporation. Brother provides typewriters at the Los Angeles Olympics Gamesas an official supplier.

1985

 

Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. begins production ofelectronic typewriters. Production of CNC tapping centre begins.

1987

 

Brother enters the telecommunications equipment market.Production of laser printers and fax machines begins.

1988

 

Production of labelling systems begins.

1989

 

Brother International Singapore Pte Ltd was established. Production of business machine parts starts at BrotherIndustries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia.

1991

 

Brother Industries, Ltd. (parent company) obtains its firstISO 9002 certification.

1993

 

Brother starts sponsorship of annual Brother CupInternational Young Fashion Designer Contest in China. Zhuhai BrotherIndustries, Co, Ltd. begins domestic production of sewing machines in China.

1994

 

Brother Industries (Johor) Sdn. Bhd. commences production offax machines in Malaysia. Brother’s 30 millionth typewriter comes off theproduction line. Brother Singapore begins local distribution of office solutions.

1995

 

Brother Singapore sets up Customer Service Centre. Brotheris the first to launch Laser Multi-Function Centre (MFC).

1996

 

Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. acquires its first ISO 14001certification.

1997

 

Brother becomes an Official Supporter of the InternationalOlympic Committee. Brother Singapore sets up Industrial Sewing Machinebusiness. Brother Singapore sets up subsidiary office in Bangkok, Thailand.

1998

 

Brother starts sponsorship activity of Formula One racingteam. Brother Singapore begins local distribution of home sewing machines.

2000

 

Brother marks its production of 30 million domestic sewingmachines. Brother records its production of 10 million electronic labellingsystems. Brother Singapore sets up subsidiary offices in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia, and in Manila, Philippines.

2002

 

Brother’s Fax/MFC machines production reaches 20 millionunits. Brother - World’s First Printer manufacturer to achieve the coveted“TCO” standard, a globally recognised benchmark for excellence in ecology,energy, emissions and ergonomics.

2003

 

Brother Singapore sets up Corporate Solution Group dedicatedto the enterprise sector. Brother Singapore awarded ISO 9001:2000. BrotherIndustries (Shenzhen) Ltd. begins production of MFCs. Development of therevolutionary Capillary Tube Delivery Ink System for colour inkjet MFCs.

2004

 

Brother Singapore launched the First Regional SolutionCentre where different initiatives and proof of concepts will be demonstratedto corporate customers across Southeast Asia. Brother Singapore sets uprepresentative office in Jakarta, Indonesia. Brother Singapore sponsors theFirst Team Singapore Tee Design Contest. Brother marks shipment of 10 millionthLaser Product.

2005

 

Brother Singapore Service Centre moves to new location atGateway East. Brother Singapore sets up representative office in Ho Chi MinhCity, Vietnam. Brother Singapore won the prestigious Reader's DigestSuperBrands Award 2005. Brother receives reputable CaseTrust Gold Award asCompany celebrates 10th Anniversary of its Customer Service Centre inSingapore.

2006 

Brother develops a new range of inkjet MFCs incorporating1.5pl (picolitre) ink droplet technology coupled with Innobella™ genuineconsumables for high quality prints. Brother Singapore won the prestigiousReader's Digest Trusted Brand Award 2006, twice in a row. Brother Singapore honouredas Friend of CASE (Consumer Association of Singapore) for its committed supportof the consumer movement in Singapore and customer-friendly policies. Brotheris named among the top 50 IT vendors in Asia in ZDNet Asia Top Tech Index2006/2007.

2007

 

Brother launches the most celebrated laser printers and MFCsincorporating their own propriety print engine technology.

2008

 

Brother's HL-2170W is awarded the "Pick of the Yearaward for Monochrome Laser Printer by Buyer's Lab. Brother introduced theWorld's First A3 Inkjet Multi-Funtion Centres (names Professional Series)