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The company’s main products are industrial machines such as textile machinery, turning machines, sheet metal machinery and communication equipment like digital multifunctional products. In addition, Murata Machinery provides factory automation and logistics systems centering on the automated storage and automated transportation systems, and also automated material handling systems for clean rooms designed for semiconductor fabs.
Nishijin Jacquard Mfg., the predecessor of Murata Machinery, Ltd. was founded in 1935 and mainly developed the business of textile machinery. Nishijin Jacquart expanded into the machine tools industries in 1961, and automated systems in 1962 At that time, the company name was changed to the present Murata Machinery, Ltd. In 1970, Murata Machinery began selling facsimile machines in Japan.
In 1970 Murata Machinery’s textile machinery division, developed the “Mach Splicer” device which can join yarn using air flow without knot. The Automatic Winders equipped with the Mach Splicer started to be delivered to world-wide factories and still remain the core products of this company. The synthetic fiber machine business was transferred to TMT Machinery, Inc., which was jointly funded in 2002 by the three leading manufacturers of synthetic fiber machinery in Japan that merged their synthetic textile machinery business units ; Toray Engineering, Murata Machinery and Teijin Seiki(present Nabtesco).
In 1991, Murata Machinery company-wide introduced the new unified brand name, “MURATEC”. They created the stylized letter as their company logo mark. This logo features the highly symbolic capital ”M”, which expresses their philosophy, “seeking human technology without limits” and their pledge, “to create a better environment through easier man-machine interfaces”.
In Aug. 2009, the wholly owned subsidiary, Muratec Automation Co. Ltd., was established when Murata Machinery split the business unit for Automated Material Handling Systems for Semiconductor and FPD and acquired Asyst Technology Japan and then integrated these business units.. In 2012 Muratec Automation was merged into Murata Machinery Ltd. and the Clean FA Division was established.
In Dec., 2011, Silex Technology Inc., became a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata Machinery. It is expected that this will result in not only generation of synergy in digital multifunctional products and the telecommunication business unit, but also application of wireless communication to the industrial machinery sector such as machine tools.
Business - Industrial Machinery
The main business of Murata Machinery is textile machinery. Above all, in the market of the automatic winder, they achieve a high share as a top brand in the world. Their performance has been increasing because of positive investment of the emerging markets such as China and India.
The major products of Logistics & Automation Div., is the factory automation systems / logistics systems for the manufacturing and distribution industries.
The Clean FA Div., mainly provides the semiconductor fab or FPD fab with the material handling systems for clean rooms.
The Machine Tools Div. consists of the turning machinery section and the sheet metal machinery section. In recent years, they received a high reputation in CNC turning machinery specialized for the automobile industry.
In addition, Murata Machinery develops control & sensing systems centering on the magnetic induction sensors, such as linear position sensing module for molding machine.
Business - Communication Equipment
In 1972 MML began distributing fax and copier machines in Japan under an agreement with Graphic Science, inc. Two years later, MML began manufacturing facsimile equipment for the Japanese market under a licensing agreement with GSI.
The company entered the U.S. market in 1982 as Murata Business Systems to sell fax machines through private-label agreements with multiple U.S. companies. In January, 1985, the company began marketing its facsimile products under the Murata name from its corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas. The company introduced the unified-brand Muratec in 1991 and realigned its business model away from retail in order to focus on sales and distribution exclusively through a national business-to-business dealer channel.
A different Murata
Murata Machinery is often confused with Murata Manufacturing. Murata Manufacturing has its headquarters in Kyoto-prefecture.