Established in 1908
The Brother Group's roots date back to 1908, when Kanekichi Yasui started providing a repair service for sewing machines. Later, his son Masayoshi, driven by the ambition to change the import industry into an export industry by manufacturing sewing machines within the country, succeeded in the production of sewing machines for home use, together with his brother in 1932.
Sales Revenue 713 billion yen
With the successful manufacturing of unique and quality products as our driving force, we have developed into a wide business field, including printers, label printers, sewing machines, industrial equipment, on-demand karaoke and more.
Sales Revenue Breakdown by Business Segment (FY2017)
- Printing & Solutions Business
- Personal & Home Business
- Machinery Business
- Network & Contents Business
- Domino Business
Number of Employees 38,628
Although the company was established in Japan, over 70% of the employees work in other countries. More than half of the employees work in Asia (besides Japan), where many of the manufacturing bases are located.
Workforce Breakdown by Region (As of March 31,2018)
- The Americas
- Asia & Others
Sales Revenue Ratio Outside Japan 83%
In May 1947, a sewing machine for home use was exported to Shanghai, China for the first time. Seventy years later, and the structure of the sales revenue is balanced between America, Europe, Asia, and Japan.
Sales Breakdown by Region (FY2017)
- The Americas
- Asia & Others
Manufacturing, Sales, and Service Bases in over 40 Countries and Regions.
Since we established a sales company in the United States in 1954, the Brother Group has expanded its business operations on a globally.
In order to optimize the respective functions of the most appropriate regions, we currently have manufacturing, sales, and servicing facilities in more than 40 countries and regions, and operate our business activities that meet the needs of respective areas and regions on a global basis.
- Group Headquarters
- Main Group Companies in Japan
- Other Group Companies in Japan
- R&D Facilities
- Manufacturing Facilities
- Sales Facilities
- Domino Business Facilities
Research Expenses, Sales Revenue Ratio, 6.4%
45,600 million yen was invested for research in fiscal year 2017. After listening to customers, our engineers were able to create more products that could benefit our customers work and life styles.
Number of Occupational Injuries Reported at Manufacturing Facilities, Incident rate: (number of incident/number of employees) x 1,000
We strive to prevent occupational accidents. For example, in fiscal year 2017, the occupational accidents rate was 1.03 per 1,000 people, compared to the rate of 2.89 in 2012.
* Incident rate: (number of incident/number of employees) x 1,000
CO2 emission in 2030 - 30% (compared to 2015)
We continue our positive contributions towards the environment.
The reduction of CO2 emission is a part of this activity, and as a whole group, we are aiming for a 30% reduction of CO2 by 2030 compared to 2015.
Golden Ring Project : 3,400 people from 19 group facilities participating
As a social activity run by Brother's employees, we have been working on the “Golden Ring Project” since 2011 to encourage cancer patients through events such as the "Relay for Life*".
* One of the charity events for cancer patient support in which participants raise money by walking for 24 hours.