Brother International (Australia)
Milestones

Milestones

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 the production 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 Brother Industries, Ltd.) is established in Japan.
1954 A regional sales company is established in the Americas.
1958 A regional sales company is established in Europe.
1961 The production of portable typewriters begins.
  Brother enters the fields of business machines and machine tools.
1962 Corporate name is changed to Brother Industries, Ltd.
1963 Stock is listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Osaka Stock Exchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange.
1971 Production of the world's first high-speed dot-matrix printer begins.
1977 Brother International (Aust) Pty. Ltd. is established in Australia.
1979 Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. starts domestic production of sewing machines.
1980 Production of electronic office typewriters begins.
1984 Brother celebrates the 50th anniversary of its incorporation.
  Brother provides typewriters at the Los Angeles Olympics Games as an official supplier.
1985 Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. begins production of electronic 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 Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia.
1991 Brother Industries, Ltd. (parent company) obtains its first ISO 9002 certification.
1993 Brother starts sponsorship of annual Brother Cup International Young Fashion Designer Contest in China.
  Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co, Ltd. begins domestic production of sewing machines in China.
1994 Brother Industries (Johor) Sdn. Bhd. commences production of fax machines in Malaysia.
  Brother's 30 millionth typewriter comes off the production line.
1995 Brother is the first to launch Laser Multi-Function Centre (MFC).
1996 Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. acquires its first ISO 14001 certification.
1997 Brother becomes an Official Supporter of the International Olympic Committee.
1998 Brother starts sponsorship activity of Formula One racing team.
2000 Brother - A Major sponsor of Quilts 2000 a Paralympics fund raising initiative
2003 The latest monochrome laser printer from Brother is perfect for the busy SME
2004 Brother marks shipment of 10 millionth Laser Product.
2005 QL-500 Highly Recommended Award in January 200
2006 Brother Wins APC's 2006 Best Value Award
  MFC-5840CN Wins Highly Recommended Award
  Brother Sponsors The 2006 Superbike Championships
2007 DCP-130C - PC World Best Buys
  HL-2040 wins PC User Best Buy
  HL-5240 gets Labs Recommended Award in the Australian PCAuthority Personal Laser Printer Tests
  HL-2070N Wins Trusted Reviews
2008 Brother International (Aust) PTY LTD celebrates its 100th anniversary
  HL-5240 wins PC Authority's Best Budget Mono Printer
  HL-4040CN wins PC Authority's Highly Recommended and A-list award
  HL-2140 awarded 4-star award by PC Magazine
  HL-4040CN wins PC User Best Buy
  QL-570 'Highly Recommended' by APC
  Brother supports Film Festival and Environment
2009 Earthwatch Wins Prime Minister's Environmental Award
  MFC-6490CW Wins PC Mag Singapore Editors' Choice
  Brother Laser Printers voted best by PC-Authority users
  The P-touch PT-70 PC USER - BEST BUY