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100 Years of Brother Industries

The company, headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, manufactures printers, large machine tools, typewriters, sewing machines, fax machines, as well as other computer-related electronics. Brother distributes their products under their name as well as under OEM agreements with major companies.

The United States headquarters, established in 1954, is Brother’s first overseas sales affiliate, giving Brother International Corporation (US) a longer lineage of history than most US based companies.  While starting in the sewing machine industry, Brother entered the printer market during in 1962. Their sewing division of Brother still continued to thrive.

They acquired Jones Sewing Machine Company, a long established British sewing machine maker, in 1968. In 2010, all of the sewing divisions of Brother Industries in and around Europe were consolidated to form “Brother Sewing Machines Europe GmbH.”

Brother Sewing Machines Europe GmbH became the 4th biggest company under the Brothers Industries Ltd umbrella of organizations. Most of their mechanical sewing machines were manufactured in Zhuhai, China, and most of their computerized sewing and embroidery machines are manufactured in Taiwan. Brother Industries Ltd. went to open another sewing machine factory in 2012 in Vietnam, making it the largest single brand sewing machine factory in the entire world. In September of 2012, Brother Industries manufactured their 50 millionth home sewing machine.

As stated earlier, Brother Industries Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of products such as their line of Multi-Function Center and printers. Brother also has the number one line of fax machines in the United States and is the current leader of electronic labeling, with their line of P-touch® Electronic Labeling Systems.

Brother’s line of printers are widely known and used in business throughout the world. Their line of printers includes their color laser/LED printers, black & white laser printers, multi-function copiers, all-in-ones/multi-function, and even mobile printing solutions. What people may not know is that Brother also designs and manufactures gear motors. Brother’s GTR series of helical in-line and hypoid/helical right-angle gear motors were initially designed in response to the demand for lighter, smaller, more energy efficient and more reliable power transmission.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary site of ASAP Memory, provides support for the entire spectrum of the Brother product line, providing backend support through our vast knowledge of spec sheets as well as providing the products themselves. Contact a Brother today at for all your product needs.


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