Emerald partnership boosts Murata in tech-enabled sustainability push

Zürich, Switzerland: Emerald Technology Ventures announced Friday that Japan’s Murata, a major producer of electrical components, has joined Emerald’s flagship industrial innovation fund as a limited partner. This marks the pioneering venture capital (VC) firm’s sixth tie-up in Japan, where the industrial sector is pursuing aggressive sustainability goals.

Murata has set bold environmental goals, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030 (compared with 2019 levels) and boosting its use of renewable energy, recycling and sustainable resources like water, metal and plastic materials. Through the synergy between Emerald’s expertise in industrial innovation and Murata’s accumulated technological prowess, Murata aims to achieve its sustainability targets and create future-ready business models. Murata plans to invest strategically in order to acquire new technologies, implement risk measures to ensure healthy growth, and solve environmental problems via co-creation with collaborators.

Emerald’s Japan footprint has grown rapidly in recent years, including a partnership with technology leader Nabtesco and a membership at CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center)’s first Asia outpost in Tokyo. Propelled by the country’s strong commitment to sustainability, Emerald is quickly broadening its engagement with the Japanese corporate world.

“Murata is progressing rapidly in its sustainability plan and we look forward to opening new doors for them in advanced materials, renewable energy, recycling and much more,” says Emerald managing partner Gina Domanig.

About Emerald Technology Ventures

Emerald is a globally recognized venture capital firm building a sustainable future at the crossroads of industry and technology. Founded in 2000, it is a pioneer in open innovation, providing multi-national corporations with rich deal flow and insight in the sectors and markets of tomorrow. Emerald has managed and advised assets of over €1 billion from its offices in Zurich, Toronto and Singapore. The firm is dedicated to tackling big challenges in climate change and sustainability via over 500 venture transactions and five third-party investment mandates, including loan guarantees to over 100 start-ups. www.emerald.vc



About Murata 

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components and 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. https://corporate.murata.com/en-global