apan and overseas. In the solar energy business in the Applied Ceramic Products Group, solar modules and solar power generating systems are sold primarily to global users through sales subsidiaries, distributors, and its franchise chains. In addition, power storage systems and energy management systems are sold to users in Japan through the company’s franchise stores and home builders. Cutting tools are sold to users, such as automobile parts manufactures through wholesale dealers and distributors. Jewelry and applied ceramic products, such as ceramic knives are sold through direct retail shops and general retailers. In the medical and dental implant business, joint prostheses, artificial bones, and dental implants are sold to dental clinics and hospitals through distributors. In the Telecommunications Equipment Group, the company primarily sells products directly to telecommunications carriers in the Japanese and overseas markets. Its major sales destinations are KDDI Corporation, SoftBank Mobile Corp., and eAccess Ltd. in Japan; and Sprint Corporation, Verizon Communications Inc., and T-Mobile US, Inc. in the United States. The Information Equipment Group provides document solutions and application software and sells Kyocera brand printers and multifunctional products worldwide through a sales network of distributors and wholesale dealers that spans approximately 140 countries. Hardware, such as printers and multifunctional products, is also sold through original equipment manufacturing suppliers. In the Others segment, Kyocera Communication Systems Group provides information and communication technologies business and management consulting business to general companies, public institutions, and healthcare corporations, as well as engineering business to telecommunications carriers, wireless equipment vendors, and solar power generation operators. Chemical materials from Kyocera Chemical Corporation are sold directly to secondary manufacturers who incorporate them into their own products. Acquisitions In 2013, the company acquired Kyocera Circuit Solutions, Inc., a printed wiring board manufacturing company. Government Regulation The company is subject to various regulations concerning the environment of the countries where it operates. These regulations cover air emissions, wastewater discharges, the handling, disposal and remediation of hazardous substances, wastes and certain chemicals used or generated in the company’s manufacturing process, employee health and safety, labeling or other notifications with respect to the content or other aspects of its processes, products or packaging, restrictions on the use of certain materials in or on design aspects of its products or product packaging, and responsibility for disposal of products or product packaging. They also include various regulations for chemical substance in products, such as the European Union Directive on the Restriction on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment; the European Union Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment; the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals; and similar regulations required in other countries and areas, including China. In addition, AVX Corporation, a U.S. based subsidiary, has been identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, state governmental agencies, or other private parties as a responsible party under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act or equivalent state or local laws for clean-up and response costs associated with certain sites at which remediation is required with respect to prior contamination. History The company was founded in 1959. It was incorporated under the laws of Japan in 1959. The company was formerly known as Kyoto Ceramic Kabushiki Kaisha and changed its name to Kyocera Corporation in 1982.
kyocera corp (6971:Tokyo)
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho
Phone: 81 7 5604 3500
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