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Brother Group History

1908 Kanekichi Yasui established YASUI SEWING MACHINE CO.
1925 Masayoshi Yasui inherited the company, and renamed the company as YASUI BROTHERS' SEWING MACHINE CO.
1928 Launched chain-stitch sewing machine for the production of straw hats which is the first product bearing the Brother brand.
1932 YASUI BROTHERS' SEWING MACHINE CO. succeeded in mass-production of home sewing machines.
1934 YASUI BROTHERS' SEWING MACHINE CO. reorganized to create NIPPON SEWING MACHINE MANUFACTURING CO.
1941 Established BROTHER SALES, LTD. as a sales company for the Japanese market.
1947 Started exporting of home sewing machines.
1954 Established BROTHER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (JAPAN) as an exporting company to overseas.
Established a regional sales company, BROTHER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (U.S.A.) in the Americas.
Moved in the fields of knitting machines and home electric appliances.
1958 Established a regional sales company, BROTHER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION EUROPE in Europe.
1961 Moved in the fields of business machines and machine tools.
1962 NIPPON SEWING MACHINE MANUFACTURING CO. renamed the company as BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
1963 Stock of BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. was listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya Stock Exchange.
1971 Launched a high-speed dot-matrix printer.
1977 Established a regional sales company, BROTHER INTERNATIONAL (AUST.) PTY. LTD. in Australia.
1979 TAIWAN BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. started production of home sewing machines.
1984 Provided typewriters at the Los Angels Olympics Games as an official supplier.
1985 BROTHER INDUSTRIES (U.K.) LTD. started production of electronic typewriters.
1987 Moved in the field of telecommunication equipment.
BROTHER INDUSTRIES (U.S.A) INC. started production of electronic typewriters.
1988 Moved in the field of electronic stationery.
Became the TOP ("The Olympic Partner" program) sponsor for the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary. (continued until 1992)
1989 BROTHER INDUSTRIES TECHNOLOGY (M) SDN.BHD. started production of business machine parts.
1992 Established XING INC. and started the on-line karaoke system business.
1993 ZHUHAI BROTHER INDUSTRIES, CO., LTD. started production of domestic sewing machines.
1994 BROTHER CORPORATION (ASIA) LTD. started production of communications and printing equipment in their consigned manufacturing facility [currently BROTHER TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) LTD.]
1995 XIAN TYPICAL BROTHER INDUSTRIES, CO., LTD. started production of industrial sewing machines.
1999 BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. affiliated Brother Sales Ltd. as a subsidiary.
Established "The Brother Group Global Charter."
2000 Introduced the In-House Company System, the Executive Officers System, and the system to include a director from outside the company.
2002 BROTHER SEWING MACHINE XIAN CO., LTD. started production of industrial sewing machines.
Established "The Global Vision 21."
2003 BROTHER INDUSTRIES (SHENZHEN), LTD. started production of communications and printing equipment.
2005 Brother Communication Space opened.
Established BROTHER (CHINA) LTD.
Participated in the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan by presenting an exhibition in the Joint Pavilion.
2006 Changed the industry classification in the stock market from "Machinery" to "Electric Applications."
2007 Changed the number of shares per unit from 1,000 shares to 100 shares.
BROTHER INDUSTRIES (VIETNAM) LTD. started production of communications and printing equipment.
BROTHER INDUSTRIES (SLOVAKIA) s.r.o. started production of communications and printing equipment.
2008 Marked first 100years of business.
2010 XING INC. merged BMB CO.
Established BROTHER SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT (HANGZHOU) LTD. [currently BROTHER SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (HANGZHOU) LTD.]
BROTHER SEWING MACHINE XIAN CO., LTD. merged XIAN TYPICAL BROTHER INDUSTRIES, CO., LTD. and renamed the company as BROTHER MACHINERY XIAN CO., LTD.
2012 BROTHER INDUSTRIES SAIGON, LTD. started production of home sewing machines.
2013 BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. affiliated NISSEI CO. as a subsidiary.
More than one manufacturing facilities of industrial sewing machines and machinery tools in Xian, China were merged into BROTHER MACHINERY XIAN CO., LTD.
BROTHER INDUSTRIES (PHILIPPINES), INC. started production of communications and printing equipment.