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.
|1950||Masayoshi Yasui set off on a 50-day trip to the U.S.|
|1954||Production of KT1-B1 professional knitting machines started.|
Production of centrifugal-type washing machines, the first Brother model of home electrical appliances, started.
|1954||Production of KH1-B1 home knitting machines started.|
|1954||BROTHER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION established as a trading company.|
BROTHER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (U.S.A.) established in New York, the U.S. as a regional sales company (initially called BIC of N.Y.).
|1955||Production of electric fans started.|
|1957||Production of refrigerators started.|
|1957||Darling, the 80 cc motorbikes, launched in Japan.|
|1958||BROTHER INTERNATIONAL EUROPE LTD. established in Dublin, Ireland as a regional sales company.|
|1959||BROTHER INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (CANADA) LTD. established in Montreal, Canada as a regional sales company.|