Muratec History

Muratec Machinery Limited - Technology Pioneer and Innovator


Few manufacturers can claim a longer or more illustrious history in the telecommunications marketplace than Murata Machinery Limited (MML). In 1972 — at the dawn of modern facsimile telecommunication — MML began distributing fax machines in Japan under an agreement with Graphic Science, Inc. Two years later, MML began manufacturing facsimile equipment for the Japanese market under a licensing agreement with GSI.


A History of Innovation and Reliability

MML’s foundation in high-technology product development and manufacturing is an especially sound one. Its five independent divisions are recognized technology leaders in their respective markets: telecommunications equipment, textile machinery, automated warehousing equipment, high-precision machine tools, and clean room equipment and systems. With more than $2.5 billion in annual revenues, and a customer portfolio containing some of the world’s largest companies, MML is one of Japan’s largest and most diverse privately held companies.


In 1982, Murata Business Systems was formed in Plano, Texas to sell MML’s fax machines through private-labeling agreements with a variety of U.S. companies. In January, 1985, the company began marketing its facsimile products under the Murata name. To gain greater visibility and recognition in the fax marketplace internationally, MML and Murata Business Systems changed their brand name to Muratec in 1992. The new name was designed to reflect the companies’ commitment to diverse and innovative technologies.


Today, Muratec has moved beyond fax and is a considered a leading provider of multifunction printing devices that deliver innovative printing, copying, scanning and faxing to workgroup users. Our Managed Documents Services (MDS) program helps companies of all sizes analyze and improve their document capture, processing, storage and printing processes.



1935: Murata Machinery, Ltd. (MML), is founded.

1972: MML begins distributing fax machines in Japan.

1974: MML begins manufacturing facsimile equipment.

1985: Corporate headquarters opens in Texas; begins selling products under the Murata name.

1986: Introduces the first generation of computer/fax interface.

1992: MML and Murata Business Systems change their name to Muratec.

1998: Introduces 32-bit FaxRISC™ technology and QuadAccess™.

2001: MFX-series products are recommended by Buyers Laboratory.

2002: World’s largest phone company (NTT) names Muratec top vendor in its quality and performance recognition program.

2005: Muratec’s OfficeBridge MFP connectivity solution in named “Innovation of the Year” by BERTL test labs. 2005: Muratec launches the Network Gateway Platform and sets a new standard for the usability and functionality associated with desktop MFP’s.

2008: Muratec launches ScanTag, E-mail Gateway and DirectScan solutions to enable more seamless operation between Muratec MFP’s and document management applications and network fax servers.

2010: Muratec launches Managed Document Services (MDS) program.








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