Taking Root

"Task and Ambient" Concept Eliminates Energy Losses Creating New Business from a Market Perspective

Murata focuses on three promising growth markets: Environmental/energy technology, healthcare, and automobiles. The Tokyo Branch has started a unique initiative in the area of environmental/energy technology, aimed at creating a "task and ambienttask and ambient

The energy-saving concept combines ambient lighting with desk lights to ensure sufficient levels of light at specific work stations and reduce the lighting of the surrounding space. Introduced in northern Europe, it has long been unavailable in Japanese offices, where ceiling lights are usually employed to uniformly illuminate desktops. Murata has employed proprietary technologies to develop a fully automatic system.

It uses sensors to detect where people are, and automatically adapts the lighting in consideration of the level of incoming sunlight at any given time. To reduce energy waste, the system obtains data using sensor networking technology, an area in which Murata has great strength, and employs this information to control the lighting automatically to create an optimum lighting environment. The Tokyo Branch has renovated the 359m2 space on the 7th floor of its building by integrating 71 task lights and 30ambient lights into a sensor network.

The system is expected to recoup the cost of implementation in 6 years and achieve a cost reduction of approximately 1.5million yen over a decade. In addition, it substantially reduces the need for bulb replacement because all lights feature long-life LED technology. The Tokyo Branch will use this task and ambient lighting concept as a basis for strengthening business in the area of environmental/energy technology.

A clear difference from the traditional approach is that through the horizontal development of different proprietary technologies—including sensors, networking, power supplies, and programming, the system has been created from a new angle that differs significantly from the traditional approach to technology and products–with the new approach focusing on market needs. This advance would have been impossible without the initiative of sales and marketing personnel. From this point on, the Tokyo Branch will aggressively market this system to attract system integrators as well as manufacturers supplying lighting to housing companies.

The Center for Global Sales and Marketing Also Serves as a Point of Contact for Overseas Sites

The Tokyo Branch serves not only as a major center in East Japan, but also as a point of contact for overseas sites. For a company like Murata that achieves 85% of its net sales in overseas markets, subsidiaries operating outside Japan represent the sales frontier. Located in a major world city and housing the Global Sales and Marketing Unit, the Tokyo Branch is of critical importance in ensuring stable product supply to these affiliates. At the same time, it serves as a point of contact for visitors from abroad and as an interface for the Head Office in Kyoto. It plays a vital role as a center for global sales and marketing.

Shibuya, a City in the Nerve Center of Tokyo

Shibuya is one of "5 Central Cities of Tokyo" and the area around Shibuya Station is known as one of Tokyo's subcenters. The Harajuku/Omotesando area is famous as a fashion center, while Daikanyama and Ebisu are dominated by commercial facilities and fashion companies. In this way, Shibuya also represents a major source of information in Japan.

World City Tokyo

A "world city" is defined as a large city with a particularly high concentration of core world functions.
Highly regarded in many surveys, Tokyo stands along with New York, London, and Paris as a major world city.
The Greater Tokyo region boasts the highest gross domestic product (GDP) .
According to "World Cities with the Highest GDP," published by PwC, it is expected to maintain its leadership until 2025.

World City Tokyo

Passage Garden Shibuya

The redeveloped area around Shibuya Station was designed as a new business center to attract future-oriented corporations.
The land previously owned by the Japanese National Railways Settlement Corporation was sold in a building design competition bid.
The overall plans were developed by Rail City West Development Co., Ltd. and Nihon Sekkei, Inc.
With their stable business performance, all companies located in the area are visionary companies able to make the most of the geographical advantages offered by the location to the south of Shibuya Station.
Seven winning corporations, including Murata, are building a high-quality business environment by creating a uniform cityscape.

Science Center for Children Hachilabo

Science, technology, and math programs that offer extracurricular activities in the form of scientific experiments and club events are available in collaboration with universities, research institutions, and corporations.
Hachilabo was founded by the Shibuya municipal government to promote scientific thinking and interest in making things among children at municipal elementary and junior high schools.
Supporting this mission the Murata Tokyo Branch works with the municipal board of education to provide electronic craft workshops at Hachilabo.

Science Center for Children Hachilabo

Task and Ambient

"Task and ambient" represents a concept focused on the relationship between man and machine in an interior space.
In the area of lighting, the term "task" refers to desk lights. The lighting of Japanese offices has traditionally been dominated by ambient lighting, which is wasteful because it remains active regardless of whether the space is occupied or not.
The energy-saving concept introduces additional desk lighting to ensure sufficient levels of light at specific work stations.
In collaboration with Toda Corporation and Yamada Shomei Lighting Co., Ltd., Murata has built a lighting system that minimizes power consumption by combining sensor, communication, power supply technologies.

Task and Ambient