Brother Group History

1980s Progressing into the Information and Communications Equipment Field and Expanding the Industrial Equipment Business

In 1982, Brother developed an electronic personal printer equipped with thermal printing technology. Later, this technology was applied to label printers, the products with which Brother has high market shares today. In the late 1980s, Brother also developed thermal fax machines and laser printers, entering into the information and communications equipment field. In 1985, Brother released the CNC* Tapping Center, a tapping machine equipped with a numerical control system, and dramatically advanced its industrial equipment business.



Began manufacture of EP-20 electronic personal printer.

Electronic personal printer EP-20Electronic personal printer EP-20

1985 Release of TC-211 CNC tapping center in Japan.
1986 Held a commemoration ceremony of manufacture of the thousandth CNC tapping center.

Expanded business into information and communications equipment field. Released FAX-100.


1987 Began manufacture of HL-8 laser printer.

Released OEM "P-touch" label writer for Japanese specifications.

P-touch label writer"P-touch" label writer

1990 Held a commemoration ceremony of manufacture of the five thousandth CNC tapping center.
  • Stands for Computer Numerical Control

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