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Transfer of MR Sensor (Magneto-resistance Sensor) Business from NEC to Murata completed

*** For immediate use June 3, 2013

Tokyo, June 3, 2013 - Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Murata; TSE: 6981) completed the transfer of the MR (Magneto-resistance) sensor business from NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and NEC Yamanashi, Ltd. (NEC Yamanashi).

NEC's MR sensor products are valued for their performance and technical support and are used for a wide range of purposes that include the detection of when mobile phones and laptop PCs are opened or closed and devices that detect the volume of fluid to water heaters, water meters and gas meters.

Murata supplies magnetic identification sensors for currency, magnetic ink and magnetic card ink, as well as rotation sensors used in office and factory equipment. Murata is also pursuing new magnetic sensing technologies in order to expand its business in the industrial equipment, automotive and consumer products segment.

As a result of the MR sensor business transfer, Murata will be able to integrate NEC's MR sensor business technology assets and expertise with its own technologies and broad customer base from the electronic components business. Furthermore, the company will be able to reinforce its initiatives in the expanding MR sensor segment of the consumer products and industrial equipment markets.

Overview of the New Organization

MR sensor business affairs will be taken over by the Sensor Products Department 2, Sensor Products Division, Device Business Unit, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and Kanazawa Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Yamanashi Plant.

Trade Name : Kanazawa Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Yamanashi Plant)
Address : 747, Magi, Otsuki-machi, Otsuki-shi, Yamanashi, 401-0016, Japan (c/o NEC Yamanashi, Ltd.)
Date of Business Commencement : June 3, 2013
Function : Development, design and manufacture of MR sensors
Number of Employees : Approximately 30 (As of June 1, 2013)

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About Murata Manufacturing
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at