Is is time to make Brother—which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year–your new business partner?
Based on the results of the latest Wirth Consulting Head2Head Comparison Report—our answer is an emphatic Yes!
In our Fall 2008 Head2Head Report on B&W MFPs in the range of $500 to $1,000, the Brother MFC-8870DW bested such industry stalwarts as Xerox, Panasonic and Sharp, sweeping the Gold Medals Awards for Highest Rated Overall, Lowest Cost Per Page and Lowest Total Cost of Ownership.
That’s pretty remarkable performance from Brother International Company, a veteran manufacturer and distributor of a variety of consumer products that also has a long history in the business-imaging community.
Primarily known domestically for its consumer products, such as P-touch labeling systems and wide variety of sewing machines, Yasui Sewing Machine Company was founded by Kanekichi Yasui in 1908. In 1925, the company was inherited by Masayoshi Yasui, the brother of its founder, and was renamed Yasui Brother’s Sewing Machine Company. In 1934, the company was renamed to Brother Industries, Ltd., its nom de rigueur that endures to this day.
Brother formed its business unit in 1961, launched the world’s first dot-matrix printer for general use in 1971, and was the official provider of electronic typewriters for the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. In 2003, Brother began production of MFPs, and a few short years later was awarded Wirth Consulting Gold Medals for its MFC-8870DW—coinciding with the 100th anniversary of its founding!
Brother International Time Line:
|1908||Kanekichi Yasui establishes Yasui Sewing Machine Co.|
|1925||Masayoshi Yasui inherits the company, and renames the company “Yasui Brothers’ Sewing Machine Co.”|
|1932||Succeeds in mass-production of domestic sewing machines.|
|1934||Nippon Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co. (now Brother Industries, Ltd.) is established.|
|1941||Brother Sales, Ltd. is established as a sales company for the Japanese market.|
|1947||Exporting of domestic sewing machines is begun.|
|1954||Brother International Corporation (Japan) is established as an exporting company. A regional sales company is established in the Americas. The company moves into the fields of knitting machines and home electric appliances.|
|1958||A regional sales company is established in Europe.|
|1961||Brother moves into the fields of business machines and machine tools.|
|1963||Its stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya Stock Exchanges.|
|1971||Launches the world’s first high-speed dot-matrix printer.|
|1979||Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. begins production of domestic sewing machines.|
|1984||Provides typewriters for the Los Angels Olympics Games as an official supplier.|
|1985||Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. begins production of electronic typewriters.|
|1987||Moves into the field of telecommunication equipment.|
|1988||Moves into the field of electronic stationery.|
|1989||Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. begins production of business-machine parts.|
|1992||Xing Inc. is established and the on-line karaoke system business is started.|
|1993||Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. begins production of domestic sewing machines.|
|1994||Brother Corporation (Asia) Ltd. begins production of business-machine parts in their consigned manufacturing facility.|
|1995||Xian Typical Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. begins production of industrial sewing machines|
|1999||Brother Industries, Ltd. affiliates Brother Sales Ltd. as a subsidiary. The Brother Group Global Charter is established.|
|2000||The In-House Company System, the Executive Officers System, and the system to include a director from outside the company are introduced.|
|2002||Brother Sewing Machine Xian Co., Ltd. begins production of special industrial sewing machines. The Global Vision 21 is established.|
|2003||Brother Industries (Shenzhen) Ltd. begins production of MFPs.|
|2005||Brother Communication Space opens. Brother (China) Ltd. is established. Participates in the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan, by presenting an exhibition in the Joint Pavilion.|
|2006||Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. is established. Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. is established. Brother Industries (Slovakia) S.R.O. is established. Changes the industry classification in the stock market from “Machinery” to “Electric Applications.” Brother International (India) Private Ltd. is established.|
|2007||Accumulated production of domestic sewing machines reaches 40 million units. Changes the number of shares per unit from 1,000 to 100 shares.|
|2008||Brother International celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding|
Being that the Brother MFC-8870DW bested the competition in the Fall 2008 Head2Head Comparison Report for $500-$1,000 B&W MFPs, and also boasts a low CPP and TCO, Wirth Consulting heartily endorses the Brother MFC-8870DW for use in your home or small business. Note that lowest CPP and TCO can be just as important as product performance, as who can afford the best performance at the expense of high cost of ownership? Never mind though, the MFC-8870DW swept the Gold Medals in our latest Head2Head Comparison.