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Brother Industries Ltd.
Type Public (TYO: 6448)
Founded 1908) (as "Yasui Sewing Machine Co.")
Headquarters Nagoya, Japan
Key people Kanekichi Yasui , founder, Yoshihiro Yasui, Chairman and Toshikazu Koike, President
Industry Printers, Machinery
Products Computer printers
Multi-function Centers
Fax machines
Sewing machines
Electronic Typewriters
Electronic stationery
Employees 23,809 (consolidated) 3,125 (non-consolidated)

Brother Industries, Ltd. (ブラザー工業株式会社 Burazā Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha ?) (TYO: 6448) is a diversified Japanese company that produces a wide variety of products including printers, sewing machines, large machine tools, label printers, and typewriters, fax machines, and other computer-related electronics. It markets its multifunction printers as Multi-Function Centers (MFCs). MFC lines of printers include 5-in-1 models awarded with PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for best multi-function printers. The MFCs are powered with a printer, a scanner, a fax machine, a copier, and a PC fax.[1] Brother distributes its products both under its own name and under OEM agreements with other companies.

Brother P-Touch 540 label printer

Brother's history began in 1908 when the Yasui Sewing Machine Co. was established in Nagoya, Japan. In 1954, Brother International Corporation (U.S.A.) was established as their first overseas sales affiliate. In 1958 a European regional sales company was established in Dublin The corporate name was finally changed to Brother Industries, Ltd. in 1962. Brother entered the printer market during its long association with Centronics.

As of 2004, Brother's annual turnover is in excess of 420 billion yen. Roughly 4.2 billion USD.

The firm sponsored Manchester City Football Club from 1989 until 1999.

Printer behavior

Brother printers that rely on multiple ink cartridges may halt operation when one of the cartridges is emptied. The empty cartridge must be replaced before printing can continue, even if the absent ink color is not required for the print.[2]


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