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Our 2019

Today is our last operating day in 2019. Thank you for being with us and supporting us this year.

We have lots of remarkable events for us in 2019, and let us introduce some.
◆ Global Partnership Agreement with Fast Retailing

◆ 7.5 billion yen financing

◆ 3 award winning
  61st Ten Greatest New Product Award – Japan Brand Award
  JSME Medal for New Technology 2018
  World 30 - Nikkei Award (Grand Prize)

◆ Headquarters relocation to Tatsumi - 8.5 times larger!

◆ China office establishment

◆ Mujin family became 100+ members

◆ Great success in iREX and RoboDEX

◆ Lots of media exposure
  CNBC Asia/ Innovation Japan (Japan Government)/ World Business Satellite etc
We wish you wonderful holidays.
See you again in 2020!

Media: Financial Times "Packing T-shirts? There’s a Uniqlo robot for that"

Financial Times article regarding our project with Fast Retailing.

Packing T-shirts? There's a Uniqlo robot for that

International Robot Exhibition (iREX) 2019

Mujin joined the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) 2019 held during December 18-21, 2019.

We were happy to exhibit “the current reality” of the logistics and factory automation by us through the world’s first robot total solution exhibition at our booth.

We will keep endeavoring to bring even more effective robot automation solution by extracting the possibility of industrial robots!

iREX was successfully over

The International Robot Exhibition (iREX) 2019 was a great success! 

Mujin employees are top talented in their field whether sales or engineers. Success of Mujin is due to no small part to our great people hard work and dedication. Because of their professionalism, organizational skills, and years of experience, we are so far one of the best robotics company! 

We were happy to exhibit “the current reality” of the logistics and factory automation by us through the world’s first robot total solution exhibition at our booth. Special thanks to our partner companies for supporting Mujin's booth. Our exhibition would not have been the same without their solid support. We will keep endeavoring to bring even more effective robot automation solution by extracting the possibility of industrial robots!

The Brand new Industrial Robot solution at the International Robot Exhibition (iREX)

The Brand new Industrial Robot solution will be presented at the International Robot Exhibition (IREX) which held every two years. It will be great opportunity to see Mujin's new products and solutions at once. This exhibition will be unique since this time Mujin will show worldwide new fully automated logistics solution including automated transportation solution. Also, Mujin will show Mujin's upgraded bin picking robot which will be more functional and accelerate customer factory automation.
[International Robot Exhibition 2019] Date: Dec. 18 (Wed) - Dec. 21 (Sat), 2019
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight
Mujin Booth: South 2 Hall S2-01

IMF visited!

The Managing Director and Chairwoman of International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, visited Mujin.
The purpose of the meeting was to introduce her and other IMF executives to the business of Mujin and to have a discussion around the future of work and automation.
Especially, they were interested to know about how Japan is using automation/robotics/AI to compensate for a shrinking labor force.

From Kristalina Georgieva's twitter:
“Today, I visited a leading Japanese automation-robotics start-up @mujin and was impressed at how Japan is building greater resilience to face its #demographic challenges”.

IMF Website:

Global Partnership Agreement with Fast Retailing - Supply Chain Reformation -

Mujin and Fast Retailing, a leading Japanese retail holding company, concluded strategic global partnership in supply chain on November 13, 2019. With this partnership, we will contribute to accelerate warehousing automation worldwide to realize Fast Retailing’s Supply Chain Reformation.
[Global Partnership] Apparel picking automation is challenging because of the nature and variety of items. Working with Fast Retailing, we develop and internationally deploy picking robots for apparel employing Motion Planning AI. Mujin has been collaborating with Fast Retailing, and we have already started to work on one international facility automation, and will expand further.

Robotics is the future

Will robots change our lives in the future?
It's a funny question to ask when they're already changing our lives now in so many ways and they have been for years. From the first time I saw a subway  driving by itself, I've accepted that machines can be trusted to do casual things for us. Robotics are no longer a subject of science fiction novels, movies, and TV shows. And here, in Mujin, we have a chance to be in the front-line for the future changes!
When was your last time you purchase something online? Me, this weekend, I have automatic water delivery. Very convenient because it’s same price as at the shop, choice is much bigger, and the delivery is coming right to your apartment which is very important for women and disabled persons. The future is already here, and in Mujin we continually making it happen. For example, to get your delivery on the next morning cannot be possible without automation. And here Mujin solutions step in. Mujin is the only company offering a wi…

Forming stronger bonds at team dinner

The most valuable resources Mujin has are its human resources. And we believe in showing employees how valuable they are to the company. When morale is high, employees tend to be more motivated means engaged. People want to work at a place that lives up to its mission statement and makes an effort to reward and validate its employees
Engaged employees are an active part of the company culture. They are excited to come to work and put in their best effort because they feel valued and know the role they play in the company’s success. The retention rate is much higher for companies with employees who feel like they have good relationships within their team. Having a strong team bond is imperative to making sure the employees stick around.
And we found a solution in Mujin! HR team provide a new benefit for our valuable teams which have a great effect on maintaining open communication as Mujin is getting bigger and bigger very quickly, ensuring that people never feel divided. A great way…

Living in Japan - a challenge for foreign residents

In Mujin we have employees from 20 different nationalities, we are pretty diverse and share our own interests, habits, and characteristics. And the best thing about us is that we are all equal, we are engaging with an open mind without any racial critics. And we are all communicating in English! By using one language employees communicating freely with each other across border and culture, improving productivity and sharing of ideas. In Mujin we strive to support our internationals living in Japan through our friendly Japanese and foreign coworkers’ personal experience and knowledge.
But this is Mujin, and what about the country itself?
The charm of Japan is constantly growing in western world. Recently, Japan became popular not only for the best-known subculture (anime, manga or the kawaii culture), but also for its unique traditions. More and more people would like to live in the county of Geisha and Samurai.

What makes this country challenging?
You have to consider various practica…

Media: NHK WORLD "The Leading Edge: How Robotics and Automation Are Transforming the Logistics Industry"

We are going to be on TV program "NHK WORLD: Science View," which you can watch from countries around the world!

"The Leading Edge: How Robotics and Automation Are Transforming the Logistics Industry"

Broadcasting Schedule in UTC

11/5 15:30 - 16:00
11/5 21:30 - 22:00
11/6 3:30 - 4:00
11/6 9:30 - 10:00

If you are in Japan, you can watch through the website!
The Leading Edge: How Robotics and Automation Are Transforming the Logistics Industry - Science View - TV | NHK WORLD-JAPAN Live & Programs

Broadcasting Schedule in Japan

11/6 0:30 - 1:00
11/6 6:30 - 7:00
11/6 12:30 - 13:00
11/6 18:30 - 19:00

Don't miss it!

Why was Mujin able to realize Intelligent robots?

Mujin is a start-up established 8 years ago will about 100 employees. It makes robots intelligent and realizes automation of manufacturing and logistics. 
If you’re curious to know more, please take a look at our previous article! 

Intelligent Robots?! What does Mujin Actually Do?

When linking Mujin controllers with robots from various manufacturers, they begin to recognize products’ placements and positions, and automatically generate the most efficient movements. 

We’d like to explain why Mujin was able to realize this product and the secret behind how it came this far. 
1.Mujin’s founders and the team

The first reason that Mujin’s products were realized is, of course, because CTO Rosen and CEO Issei, the co-founders of Mujin, were there.

Rosen is an American born in Bulgaria. He learned computer science and AI in high school and graduated UC Berkeley at the top of his class. He then earned his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University and experienced postdoc at the University of Tokyo. Called t…

Intelligent Robots?! What does Mujin Actually Do?

“Automating robots through the power of software and contributing to the increase to world productivity” 

Under this mission, Mujin Inc. was established by Japanese CEO Issei and American CTO Rosen. Handling solutions for manufacturing and logistics with about 100 various members gathered from 16 countries?! We’d like to explain what kind of projects Mujin, this unique venture, is working on.

For Example, Logistics Fields 
Today in Japan, it is said that the working population is decreasing at the rate of 2,000 people a day. On the other hand, EC (E Commerce) is rapidly growing, and the lack of workforce is becoming a serious issue in the logistics field. When you order something online, the process of taking a product out of the warehouse, packing and shipping it occurs. At first glance, it seems easy for a robot to handle this. However, almost all the work at warehouses are done by humans. Why is this?

System of Industrial Robots
When installing robots, usually we ask a professional to “…

It's that spooky time of year - Halloween!

What are Doraemon, Pikachu and Red Skull all doing in the same office?

They are enjoying workplace Halloween celebrations which gives employees an opportunity to defuse tension, take a well-earned break, and have some fun at work with co-workers!
The most important part of Halloween celebrations is not the specific events associated with the holiday, but the atmosphere of playfulness which inspires in workplaces.
And we all enjoyed it!

(And guess who is in Minion.... It was Issei - our CEO!)

Day 1 : Each Person is Valuable

Every person in Mujin family plays a vital role and is directly responsible for the company’s success.
As we continue to grow our team, it’s our goal to not only find people who will add to our culture, but also ensure that they are set up for a successful wellbeing at Mujin for the long term.

Our onboarding process starts before someone even gets a job offer. We make every potential candidate feel welcomed from the first knock to Mujin doors. Finding candidates who have the right skills and who are also great culture is a very difficult job made by our professional recruiting team.
Once an offer accepted, Mujin HR team reaches out before the first day to provide a rundown of Day 1 to ensure new employees know what to expect and not be nervous. Coming into an office like ours is like entering into a family, and we want every new person coming in feels a part of it. Mainly, on the Day 1 HR team sits down with newcomers to go over Mujin’s history, people and processes that make M…

A place where you can contribute to customers by getting immersed in your interests

We interviewed Shin, who manages robot control, Mujin’s core technology, as a robotics engineer. ーーWhat kind of job is a “robotics engineer”? Mujin makes software that enables industrial robots to move. We plan robots’ movements and design robot control.
ーー What project is memorable to you? One of my most memorable projects is the automation of unloading boxes at PALTAC’s logistics center.
In the field of robotics, even if something theoretically goes well, in many cases it fails in reality because it doesn’t just end with software, involving hardware. At the scene, a gap of only several millimeters resulted in failure to recognize boxes and collision. We found out new facts through several thousand times of testing at the scene.
Furthermore, we had to achieve success rates higher than 99.9% in order to obtain permission for practical use. As a result, we worked at the scene for almost a month. I felt a huge sense of fulfillment when the operation began successfully, and was impressed when w…

Media: Reason of rapid growth of Mujin, the leading company of random picking automation

Mujin’s CEO Issei Takino’s interview article was featured on Nikkei X Tech / Nikkei Monozukuri.

It is an interesting article explaining Mujin’s technology, strategy, and “gemba”-oriented thoughts.

Reason of rapid growth of Mujin, the leading company of random picking automation (Japanese)

Media: Mujin was ranked top in the fund raising amount ranking of the first half of 2019

Mujin was ranked top in the fund raising amount ranking of the first half of 2019 (Jan-June) by Nikkei Business Daily.

"Investment for startup companies in the first half of 2019"
19年上期のスタートアップ向け投資、人気は「実業系」 (Japanese)

Prime Minister's Office of Japan made a movie about Mujin

The Government of Japan introduced Mujin on their website as one of the representing innovations from Japan.
The explanation of Mujin's technology, its social significance, and the founders' ideas and aspirations are concisely explained making it very easy to comprehend.
A Japanese start-up has overturned conventional norms about industrial robots, using motion planning AI. The controlling device developed by Mujin Inc. enables picking robots to independently calculate their movements without time-consuming programming by human.
Their technology is transforming manufacturing and distribution sites, shifting strenuous labor to robots and allowing people to focus on more creative tasks.
Please take a look!

Mujin celebrated its 8th anniversary on July 6th, 2019!

Mujin celebrated its 8th anniversary on July 6th, 2019!

Mujin has grown into a company of 100 members thanks to our clients, partnering companies, passionate Mujin members and their supportive families.

With the attendance of our employees and families, not only did we take the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments and growth, but our founders expressed their deepest gratitude to the entire team that contributed to the amazing achievements reached this year.

While they reflected on the past year, they also shared the goals in which we hope to achieve together in the near future.

Every year new challenges continue to emerge as we continue to grow, but Mujin will continue to work passionately to enhance worldwide productivity and contribute to society. Thank you!

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