Philosophy sharing at overseas business sites

Murata Finland Improving, in the spirit of the Murata Philosophy

Following the acquisition of VTI Technologies Oy, the Finnish MEMS technology company, now renamed Murata Electronics Oy, a special program was started to share the Murata Philosophy with all employees.

The purpose of the Philosophy Sharing program was to introduce the Murata Philosophy to all employees, and to help them understand how they can contribute to customer satisfaction and the overall success of Murata. Several workshops were held, with presentations of Murata's history, values and philosophy, followed by discussions and group workshops with the participation of all employees, from management to shop-floor workers. Feedback from employees was positive and encouraging, and also very revealing. We realized we have a lot to do. It was recognized that applying the Murata Philosophy in our daily work and decision-making will truly help us to improve.

These workshops were complemented by an eLearning module, enabling especially new employees to further self-study the meaning of the Murata Philosophy.
Since then, we have advanced from understanding to believing, and finally to applying our Philosophy. Also, the workshops have been implemented with great success.
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Case 1)
Enhancing manufacturing skills
In 2016, a group of MEMS manufacturing workers from Murata Finland visited the Kanazawa factory.The purpose was to learn how the Murata Philosophy is applied to enhance manufacturing and to utilize those learnings to improve our operations in Finland. "We were truly impressed by our observations," commented the participants, “It is obvious that at Murata, manufacturing comes first; it is a real strength, and all employees on site continuously innovate better ways of working, in the spirit of Murata Philosophy." As a result, numerous improvement proposals were brought back to Finland to further enhance the MEMS manufacturing operations, and several major improvement programs have been implemented with great success.
Case 2)
Scientific approach to improve quality

A scientific approach, which is one key principle of the Murata Philosophy, has been fully implemented at Murata Finland to improve quality. With the help of Murata's extraordinary analysis capabilities, and strong quality mindset embedded in the Philosophy, we succeeded in identifying root causes behind some major quality issues we had had in the past, to take corrective actions and achieve a huge improvement in our product quality. We apply our philosophy across activities called "Know your process" and "Cross-functional team work," enabling us to efficiently utilize the best know-how in-house.

Our journey as a trustworthy member of Murata continues, and we will continue to contribute to the advancement of culture by providing unique  MEMS components in the spirit of the Murata Philosophy.