Janome celebrates the production of 50 million units

Message from our president:

Today is a very important day in the history of Janome. Our production facilities in Japan, Taiwan and Thailand have surpassed the 50 Million Unit benchmark for machines produced since our company's founding. We would like to thank our customers in the over 100 countries where our products are shipped to for making this outstanding achievement possible.

Mr. Sumikazu Kato
Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.

Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd. proudly announces the achievement of having produced an accumulated total of 50 million household sewing machines on July 22, 2008. The announcement was made by Mr. Sumikazu Kato, president of Janome, at a ceremony held at Janome's Tokyo headquarters.

Janome was founded in 1921 as a sewing machine manufacturer. In 1936, the Koganei Factory was built as a mass production factory for sewing machines. Overseas production began in 1969 with the establishment of Janome Taiwan, and thereafter Janome Thailand, which was established in September of 1988.

Today, computerized embroidery sewing machines continue to be made at the Tokyo Factory. Janome Taiwan produces computer sewing machines, overlock machines and popular range sewing machines and Janome Thailand produces popular range sewing machines. Last year saw production of combination overlock/coverstitch machines begin at Janome Group member Hosei Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co., Ltd. bringing total annual production to approximately 1.8 million units.

Janome remains committed to developing and producing a wide range of high quality sewing machines to meet a diversity of customer requirements, and developing sewing machine-related products that support and increase the value of our sewing machines. As we work towards reaching 60 million units we further concentrate our efforts to develop and produce valuable products to meet our customers' needs and strive to improve the quality and creativity of living for people everywhere.