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Japanese iPhone parts supplier Murata targets EV business

World's largest maker of capacitors invests in R&D complex to foster new pillar

Murata opened an 18-story research complex that could house as many as 1,850 employees in Yokohama in December.

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Murata Manufacturing, Japan's iPhone parts maker, is looking to expand its auto business and cut into an industry that is undergoing a once-in-a-century transformation.

"Automobile is a segment we are strongly focusing on," Murata President Norio Nakajima said in an interview with Nikkei Asia earlier this month. "Electrification and safety devices are the two main areas."

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