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.
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 Europe.
The production of portable typewriters begins.
Corporate name is changed to Brother Industries, Ltd.
Stock is listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Osaka Stock Exchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange.
Production of the world’s first high-speed dot-matrix printer 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 its incorporation.
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. begins production of electronic typewriters.
Brother enters the telecommunications equipment market.
Production of labelling systems begins.
Brother International Singapore Pte Ltd (the ASEAN regional office) was established.
Brother Industries, Ltd. (parent company) obtains its first ISO 9002 certification.
Brother starts sponsorship of annual Brother Cup International Young Fashion Designer Contest in China.
Brother Industries (Johor) Sdn. Bhd. commences production of fax machines in Malaysia.
Brother is the first to launch Laser Multi-Function Centre (MFC).
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. acquires its first ISO 14001 certification.
Brother becomes an Official Supporter of the International Olympic Committee.
Brother starts sponsorship activity of Formula One racing team.
Brother marks its production of 30 million domestic sewing machines.
Brother’s Fax/MFC machines production reaches 20 million units.
Brother Industries (Shenzhen) Ltd. begins production of 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.
Brother launches the most celebrated colour laser printers and MFCs incorporating their own proprietary print engine technology.
Brother’s HL-2170W is awarded the “Pick of the Year” award for Monochrome Laser Printer by Buyers’ Lab.
Brother Malaysia receives ISO9001:2008 certification.
Brother Malaysia receives Top 3 Brands Award in the AIO/Multi-Function Printer Category in the HWM Brand Survey Awards 2010
* Note: Brother’s business started off as a workshop to repair sewing machines under Yasui Sewing Machine Co.