Brother's global business, which started with the export of sewing machines, began full-scale operations after it established overseas subsidiaries in the United States in 1954 and in Ireland in 1958. Subsequently, Brother continued to increase the number of its sales facilities around the world, mainly in Europe and the Americas, and it acquired a major sewing machine manufacturer in the United Kingdom in 1968. The 1960s and the 1970s were the period to prepare for the 1980s when Brother started full-scale global operations.
Prototypes of JP1-111 alphabetical portable typewriters shipped to the U.S.
|1961||Small lathes for schools launched as the first machine tool product.|
|1962||NIPPON SEWING MACHINE MANUFACTURING CO. renamed as BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD.|
|1962||BROTHER FRANCE SAS established in Paris, France as a regional sales company.|
|1962||Production of tapping machines started using in-house technologies for sewing machine processing. Entry into the machine tool field.|
BROTHER INTERNATIONAL GmbH established in Frankfurt, Germany as a regional sales company.
|1965||Exports of compact electric typewriters to the U.S. started.|
|1966||Production of electronic calculators, Brother’s first fully electronic product, started.|
|1968||BROTHER INTERNATIONAL (NEDERLAND) B.V. established in Amsterdam, the Netherlands as a regional sales company.|