OMRON Establishes a new R&D Company in Shanghai, China - Operation scheduled to start in October, 2006 -

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 20, 2005

Kyoto -- OMRON Corporation (TSE: 6645; US: OMRNY), a global leader in automation, sensing and control technologies, announced the establishment of a new R&D company, "OMRON Institute of Sensing & Control Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd", located in Shanghai Zizhu Science-based Technology Park, Shanghai, China.

A ceremony took place on September 19th at a hotel in Shanghai, attended by Ding WenJiang, Vice-President of Shanghai Jiaotong University and Zhang Wenyue, Vice Director of The People's Government of Mingang District Shanghai. From OMRON, Yasuhira Minagawa, Managing Officer and Chairman & President of OMRON (China) Co., Ltd., and Koichi Imanaka, Managing Officer and Senior General Manager of Research & Development H.Q. were in attendance.

Staff at ORS will be engaged primarily in research and development into the latest sensing and control technologies. In particular, they will focus on R&D into facial recognition technology and vision sensing technologies that can identify the shape and condition of various objects. The establishment of this new company represents an investment of US$9.7 million including real estate, construction of the building and infrastructure. Initially, approximately 100 researchers will be assigned to research around 30 themes. We plan to double both the number of researchers and research themes by the end of fiscal 2007.

This new company will become one of OMRON's core R&D facilities. Comprised primarily of local researchers and engineers, it will facilitate rapid response to local needs and develop new technologies that benefit the entire OMRON group. Every year over a hundred thousand Chinese students return home from US, European and Japanese educational institutions where they have studied cutting-edge technologies. Adjacent to Shanghai Jiaotong University and boasting excellent research and educational facilities, Shanghai Zizhu Science-based Technology Park is located in an area that is especially attractive for these highly-skilled returnee graduate students and researchers. "ORS aims to capitalize on the advantages of its location and offer a space for collaborative innovation, where university professors, graduate students, researchers and other promising individuals can come together and interact with OMRON researchers. In this way, we aim to strengthen our advanced sensing and control competencies even further and develop new technological breakthroughs" said Board Chairman Koichi Imanaka.

Profile of the new R&D company

Name: OMRON Institute of Sensing & Control Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.y
Location: 468 Jianchuan Rd. Shanghai 201109y
Capital: 1.4 million US dollars

Representative: Board Chairman Koichi Imanaka
  Board Member Yasuhira Minagawa
  Board Member Hisashi Shonaka
  President Toshio Yamashita

Participating researchers and engineers: Approx. 100
Construction schedule: November 2005 to September 2006
Start of operation: October 2006
Floor space: Land 20,000m2, Building 5,000m2, Total floor area 12,000m2
Structure: Reinforced concrete, 3 floors high
Total investment: 9.7 million US dollars (including real estate, building, infrastructure)

About OMRON

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation. Established in 1933 and headed by President and CEO Hisao Sakuta, OMRON has more than 26,000 employees in over 35 countries working to provide products and services to customers in a variety of fields including industrial automation, electronic components, social systems (ticket gate machines, ticket vending machines, and traffic control), and healthcare. The company is divided into five regions and head offices are in Japan (Kyoto), Asia Pacific (Singapore), China (Shanghai), Europe (Amsterdam) and US (Chicago). For more information, visit OMRON's website at www.omron.com

For media related enquiries, please contact:
OMRON Corporation
Corporate Brand Communications Department
Takayuki Nakamura (takayuki_nakamura@omron.co.jp)
James Seddon (james_seddon@omron.co.jp)

Adobe Acrobat Reader is free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.