Japanese company Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic components, is increasing its production capacity in Finland with a 16,000 square metre expansion to its factory in Vantaa. The value of the investment is EUR 42 million and the company will recruit 150–200 new employees in 2018–2019 to add to its 1000-strong workforce in Vantaa. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in December 2019.
The MEMS sensors manufactured by Murata in Finland are used, for example, in autonomous cars and pacemakers. According to Murata, the new investment is underpinned by the growing worldwide demand for MEMS sensors used in the automotive industry and various health and industrial applications.
“The market for advanced driver-assistance systems, self-directed cars, healthcare, and other emerging technologies are expected to be significant growth drivers. MEMS sensors are critical solutions for these applications and deliver proven measurement accuracy and stability in a variety of conditions,” says Yuichiro Hayata, Managing Director for Murata Electronics Oy, in a statement.
Long-term commitment to Finnish site
With the factory expansion in Finland, Murata will strengthen both R&D and manufacturing operations with a long-term perspective for increasing utilization of this facility.
“With the construction of this new production building, we will significantly increase our MEMS sensors production capacity. 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,” says Makoto Kawashima, Director of the Sensor Product Division in Murata Manufacturing.
Roots in Finnish engineering know-how
In 2012, Murata acquired the Finnish company VTI Technologies, the world-leading expert in MEMS sensors, after which the company’s name was changed to Murata Electronics Oy. According to Murata, it is still the company’s only factory that manufactures MEMS sensors outside of Japan and has experienced tremendous growth over the last ten years. The Vantaa site in Finland also hosts R&D space and one of the biggest clean room facilities in the country.
“We are delighted to see this expansion and see it as a proof point that Finland is an excellent location for advanced high-tech manufacturing. Finland is well on its way toward Industry 4.0 and leading companies such as Murata understand this well,” says Antti Aumo, Head of Business Finland’s Invest in Finland unit.