Other components


EMI suppression filters

MEMS sensors

Main products

Inductors (coils), EMI suppression filters, Connectors, MEMS sensors, Thermistors, Lithium-ion batteries, etc.

Net sales (Billion yen)

Operating results

For fiscal 2018, this segment achieved substantial sales growth due to growth in demand for MEMS sensors for automotive electronics, despite sluggish sales of high frequency coils for high-end smartphones. Recording sales from the lithium-ion battery business also contributed to success, with the acquisition process being completed in September 2017. As a result, overall net sales were 392.2 billion yen (up 21.7% year-on-year).

Lithium-ion batteries

Murata’s lithium-ion batteries are classified into three types: laminated, cylindrical, and coin type batteries. Laminated type batteries are mainly employed for mobile devices including smartphones as sizes can be freely changed owing to the laminate film exterior material. Murata’s gel electrolytes have safety characteristics because they are leakage-free and do not easily swell compared to liquid electrolytes used by other companies. On the other hand, cylindrical type batteries have advantages particularly in high output applications widely used for gardening tools, power tools, electric bicycles, cleaners, and other fields. The use of coin type batteries for automotive applications and in the medical field is increasing, as their strengths of compactness and high reliability are utilized.

The competitive environment is expected to become increasingly fierce in the lithium-ion battery business, but Murata will address market needs by supplying products that combine safety and high output. In addition, by integrating storage battery modules equipped with cylindrical cells with power converter technology, etc. to provide an energy management system centered on the housing and industrial markets, we will promote utilization of natural energy.

In the future, we are planning mass production of fully solid state batteries, which are expected to act as next-generation batteries. We shall develop our business primarily around applications in areas such as wireless earphones and wearable devices, by applying the manufacturing technologies that we developed for multilayer ceramic capacitors.

EMI suppression filters

EMI suppression filters are electronic components that suppress unnecessary radio waves (noise) emitted by electronic devices. Noise is restricted by law and voluntary regulations in different countries, so measures to combat noise using EMI suppression filters are necessary to comply with these laws and regulations. Available types of EMI suppression filter include ferrite bead and other inductor types, LC composite filters and other built-in load capacitance, and common mode choke coils, and they are used in different ways in accordance with the type of noise and conditions of the circuit.

In the in-vehicle system market, which we are focusing on as a growth market, electric vehicles and self-driving technology continues to advance, so the number of EMI suppression filters used in cars is expected to continue increasing in the medium-term, and we will further enhance our range of products for the in-vehicle system market. In addition, in the communications market, new types of noise that differ from previous types will be generated by 5G, so we will expand our range of filters specialized for different applications, to address new demand. Furthermore, we shall utilize our expertise gained in collaborative measures to combat noise at electromagnetic anechoic chambers in locations around the world to effectively develop and propose new products, while also offering solutions for combating noise tailored to different applications by utilizing our design support simulation software, as we look to become an “EMI solutions provider” that adapts to the times.

MEMS sensors

Murata MEMS sensors are highly reliable, stable, and precise even when used in difficult environments, owing to the combination of Murata’s proprietary processing technologies, namely 3D-MEMS technologies, with design technologies and advanced circuit technologies. Many customers have favored these characteristics of Murata MEMS sensors, and they have been widely adopted in applications in automobiles, industrial devices, and medical devices.

In the automotive field, which is growing rapidly, the use of stability control gyro sensors and acceleration sensors is increasing in line with the trend toward mandating the installation of safety systems to protect lives. In addition, preparing for the advent of the self-driving society in the coming years, support for safe driving and self-driving-related technology development is advancing on a global basis, resulting in an increasing range of business opportunities for us to utilize the strengths of Murata MEMS technologies as demand grows for locators to measure vehicle location, position, and direction of travel with greater precision.

In response to these market needs, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., which has strengths in monozukuri (manufacturing), acquired the former VTI Technologies Oy (now Murata Electronics Oy), a Finnish company that we acquired in 2012, which has advanced technological capabilities related to MEMS development, thereby enabling us to offer more advanced products. We are also developing new products and increasing the supply capabilities of our factories in a timely manner. In the future, we will swiftly identify market needs and offer MEMS sensors that continue to be trusted and favored by our customers.