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1950s
Applying Its Core Technologies to Promote Diversification

After fulfilling his long-cherished ambition of exporting made-in-Japan sewing machines in 1947, Masayoshi Yasui visited the United States to assess the sewing machine market in 1950. The trip led him to make a decision to diversify Brother's business. After that, the company developed knitting machines, a washing machine, a vacuum cleaner, an electric fan, and so forth, by utilizing its technologies, such as the motor development technology, which it had cultivated through manufacturing of sewing machines. Around the same time, Brother launched the development of a portable typewriter. By researching typeset manufacturing and applying the press technology gained through the development of sewing machines and knitting machines, Brother actualized commercialization of the typewriter. This style to predict the changes of the times and tackle the world market applying its own core technologies has been still affecting manufacturing in Brother.

Chronology

1947
200 units of the HA1 domestic straight-stitching sewing machines exported to Shanghai.
1950
Masayoshi Yasui set off on a 50-day trip to the USA.
1954
Production of the professional knitting machine KT1-B1 began.
1954
Production of home electrical appliances began with the first Brother model, centrifugal-type washing machine.
1954
Production of domestic knitting machines KH1-B1 began.
1955
Production of electric fans began.
1957
Production of refrigerators began.
1957
Darling, the 80cc motorbike, launched in Japan.
1961
Shipment of alphabetical portable typewriter JP1-111 samples to the USA.
1962
NIPPON SEWING MACHINE MANUFACTURING CO. renamed the company as BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD.

First product exported HA1-B3
First product exported
HA1-B3

Production line of washing machines(Kariya Manufacturing Facility)
Production line of washing machines
(Kariya Manufacturing Facility)

First model of portable typewriter JP1-111
First model of portable typewriter
JP1-111