Brother Group History

1970s: Developing High-speed Dot-matrix Printers and Promoting Electronization

While popularization of personal computers accelerated computerization, Brother co-developed a high-speed dot-matrix printer for small-size computers with Centronics Data Computer Corp. in the United States in 1971. Later, Brother worked on developing its own in-house electronic control technology and print heads. These technologies were subsequently applied to fax machines and printers. In the 1970s, electronization of various industrial products progressed, and Brother also pursued the incorporation of electronic technologies in its existing products, including sewing machines and typewriters.

Chronology

1971

Shipment of "M-101" high-speed dot-matrix printers to CENTRONICS in the U.S. started.

High-speed dot-matrix printer M-101High-speed dot-matrix printer M-101

1972 "M-101" high-speed dot-matrix printers launched in Japan (electronic control units supplied by CENTRONICS).
1974 First model of NC* sewing machines (the industry’s first NC control straight-stitch sewing machines) completed.
1977 BROTHER INTERNATIONAL (AUST.) PTY. LTD. established in Australia as a regional sales company.
1978 TAIWAN BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD. established in Taiwan as a home sewing machine manufacturing company.
1979

Production of ZZ3-B820 "Opus 8" home zigzag sewing machines (the industry’s first computerized sewing machine) started.

Home zigzag sewing machine ZZ3-B820 "Opus 8"Home zigzag sewing machine
ZZ3-B820 "Opus 8"

  • Stands for Numerical Control, a program control system using numerical signals

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