Murata Machinery USA President and CEO Toshiyuki Komori’s leadership has propelled Muratec to remarkable growth and success, establishing it as a prominent industry leader, driven by his dedication, business acumen, and visionary approach.
The seasoned sales manager specializing in machine tools had traveled the world for Murata Machinery Ltd. for 12 years. But understandably, he was still a little nervous when he was tapped to lead Muratec’s North American headquarters in 2021.
“I knew it would be amazing but difficult,” Komori said. “MMUSA has a history. I thought, ‘This is a big task for me,’ but I decided to enjoy it. Not just the job but living in the USA as well.”
Read on for Komori’s Q&A on Muratec’s 50-year legacy, the company’s accomplishments and outlook for the future.

What do you believe are the key milestones or turning points that have shaped Muratec’s history?

Our Textile Machinery division made a significant impact on the textile industry by developing an automatic winding machine equipped with the Mach-Splicer, and by introducing a new type of spinning system using airflow to spin yarn. We have also provided automated technologies for various industries, such as the twin spindle lathe with a gantry loader for metal cutting, the servo-driven turret punch press for fabrication, and total solutions for logistics and material handling and clean room automation. There have been turning points in all divisions.

What do you consider to be the company’s greatest achievements over the past 50 years?
I believe Muratec’s greatest achievement is our continuous development of automation solutions incorporating innovative technologies like the Mach-Splicer, which was groundbreaking. These technologies have been widely accepted by customers around the world.

How has the industry changed over the past 50 years, and how has Muratec adapted to these changes?
Over the past 50 years, many industries have sought to improve quality and productivity, leading to increased demand for automation. We have provided our customers with specially designed solutions, paying close attention to their needs and carefully listening to their feedback. Muratec stands out for its commitment to walking alongside customers on the never-ending path of development.

What do you believe sets Muratec apart from its competitors? Why do customers choose Muratec?
The excellence and uniqueness of our products are crucial. Additionally, Muratec is supported by customers because we consistently provide customized solutions that meet their needs. Our customers trust us due to our culture of addressing issues and problems directly, without avoiding them.

How have Muratec employees contributed to our success over the years?
This is part of our corporate culture. Muratec employees have always contributed by being willing to customize products to meet customer needs and by tackling any challenges that arise. The attitude of facing challenges without fear of failure is a cultural trait we cherish.

How would you like Muratec to be remembered 50 years from now?

I hope that Muratec will continue to be an important partner for our customers 50 years from now by carrying its long and historic legacy into the future.

What technological advancements do you see shaping the future of Muratec, and how is the company preparing for them?

Each division is progressing in developing new machines and technology, alongside internal improvements like digital transformation (DX). We are developing unique concepts such as the FLcone, a very unique non-stop winder in the Textile Machinery division, a Goods to Person solution in the Logistics and Automation division, and innovative transportation systems in the Clean Factory Automation division.

What projects or initiatives are you particularly proud of?

I particularly remember being involved in expanding sales of Vortex in Italy and other European countries when Vortex was not well known. My background is in sales, so I am excited about the efforts the MMUSA Machine Tool Division and the Logistics and Automation division are currently undertaking to develop new customers.

What legacy do you hope to leave behind as the president of the company?

Rather than leaving behind something material, I would like to be thought of as having created an environment where employees can work with peace of mind and enjoy taking on challenges.