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Michio Suzuki – a name woven into Suzuki’s history

Born in a village in Nezumino-mura, Enshu region, Japan on 18 February 1887, young Suzuki grew up picking cotton and later worked as an apprentice in a loom factory. When electric power became more commonly available, demand for looms increased and in 1908, 21 year old Michio decided to go out on his own. He turned the silkworm house his family gave him into a workshop and made a loom from wood and iron for his mother. Its innovative design allowed her to weave ten times faster than before.