Who are Kyocera?
Kyocera are a Japanese, multinational, technology and ceramics company - with their headquarters in Kyoto. First started as the Kyoto Ceramic Company Limited and renamed to Kyocera in 1982.
Kyocera produce ceramics, printers, solar power systems, mobile phones and more.
History of Kyocera
Kyocera was founded in 1934 by Kazuo Inamori. Their first product being Kelcima, a type of ceramic that was used in TVs. In the 1960s the advancement of computer technology created demand for semiconductor integrated circuits. Kyocera developed ceramic semiconductor packages that are still amongst its core product lines.
In the mid-1970s, Kyocera began expanding its material production to produce a diverse range of ceramic products.
Kyocera acquired electronic equipment manufacturing and radio communication technologies in 1979, which was merged into Kyocera in 1982 and they gained optical technologies by acquiring Yashica Company, Limited in 1983,
Kyocera acquired Elco Corporation, a manufacturer of electronic connectors in 1989. The company to create Kyocera Solar Corporation in 1996, and Kyocera Solar Inc. in 1999. In August 1999, Kyocera completed a merger with solar integrator: Golden Genesis Company
In January 2000, Kyocera acquired photocopier manufacturer Mita Industrial, creating Kyocera Mita and also acquired the mobile phone manufacturing operations of Qualcomm Inc. In 2008, Kyocera acquired Sanyo Mobile, the mobile phone division of Sanyo Electric. In 2010, Kyocera acquired 100% ownership of the shares of TA Triumph-Adler.
In 2011, the Germany-based subsidiary Kyocera Fine ceramics took ownership of the industrial cutting tool company Unimerco Group and in March 2016, SGS Tool Company of Munroe Falls was acquired by Kyocera. A representative from Kyocera said the purchase price for SGS was about 10 billion yen, or about $89 million (at that time).
Kyocera has worked its way up to becoming a large multinational company, operating in many different industries, through a long series of mergers and acquisitions. Kyocera now manufactures industrial ceramics, solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, office document imaging equipment, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools, and components for medical and dental implant systems.