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Japy Freres

The Japy family are a world renowned French industrial dynasty from Beaucourt in the Territoire de Belfort. It owned the second French company, in terms of capital, during the Second Empire. Its influential members have marked the French industrial landscape by the contribution of many innovations, especially in the field of watchmaking, typewriters and pumps, but also in the organisation of work and workers’ social life in the 19th century. The company was founded by Frédéric Japy in 1777 and was later sold in 1806 to his three eldest sons named Fritz-Guillaume, Louis and later Pierre, thus founding the Japy brothers company. The 1880s marked the golden age of Japy with nearly 5,000 workers working in the Japy factories in the region the name was changed in the first half of the 19th century to Japy Freres with various partners involved.