Murata invests in new factory in Finland
Japanese electronic components manufacturer Murata is building a new factory in Vantaa, Finland, to increase its MEMS sensor production capacity.
The Japanese company is investing a total of five billion yen (approximately 39 million euros) in its production expansion in Finland and estimates it will create 150–200 new jobs in the country in 2018–2019.
The new approximately 16 000 square-metre factory is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019 and will manufacture microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors, which are used for example in car safety systems and pacemakers.
“With the construction of this new production building, we will significantly increase our MEMS sensors production capacity,” says Makoto Kawashima, director of the sensor product division at Murata Manufacturing. “Moreover, by responding to the strong demand of gyro sensors, accelerometers, and combo sensors in the automotive industry and healthcare fields, this will strengthen our business base in the automotive market, industrial equipment and medical devices market, while contributing to the economy and employment of Finland.”
Murata currently employs 1 000 people in Finland and has rapidly grown its presence in the country since it acquired Finnish company VTI Technologies, today known as Murata Electronics Oy, in 2012. Finland is the only location outside Japan where Murata manufactures MEMS sensors.