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2835 Kemet Way

Simpsonville, SC 29681

United States

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KEMET Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells capacitors worldwide. The company’s product offerings include tantalum, multilayer ceramic, solid and electrolytic aluminum, and film and paper capacitors. The company manufactures a line of capacitors in different sizes and configurations using various raw materials. Its product line consists of approximately 250,000 distinct part configurations distinguished by various attributes, such as dielectric (or insulating) material, configuration, encapsulation, capacitance level and tolerance, performance characteristics, and packaging. Segments The company is organized into three segments: the Tantalum Business Group, the Ceramic Business Group, and the Film and Electrolytic Business Group. Tantalum Business Group The Tantalum Business Group manufactures solid tantalum and aluminum capacitors. In February 2012, the company acquired KEMET Blue Powder Corporation (Blue Powder), which is the production location for tantalum powder in the western hemisphere. The Tantalum Business Group's product portfolio, process, and materials technology, global manufacturing base and on-time delivery capabilities allow the company to serve a range of customers in a group of end markets, including computing, telecommunications, consumer, medical, military, automotive, and general industries. Ceramic Business Group The Ceramic Business Group offers a line of multilayer ceramic capacitors in various sizes and configurations. The company's primary markets include medical, industrial, defense, and aerospace. Its other significant end markets include computing, telecommunications, automotive, and general industries. Film and Electrolytic Business Group The Film and Electrolytic Business Group produces film, paper and wet aluminum electrolytic capacitors. In 2011, the company completed the acquisition of KEMET Foil Manufacturing, LLC, which manufactures etched foils utilized as a core component in the manufacture of electrolytic capacitors. Film and Electrolytic also operates a machinery division located in Sasso Marconi, Italy that provides automation solutions for the manufacture, processing and assembly of metalized films, film/foil and electrolytic capacitors; and designs, assembles, and installs automation solutions for the production of energy storage devices. The Film and Electrolytic Business Group primarily serves the industrial, automotive, consumer, and telecom markets. Customers The company’s customer base includes major electronics OEMs, including Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc.; Bosch Group; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Continental AG; Dell Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; International Business Machines Corporation; Intel Corporation; Motorola, Inc.; Nokia Corporation; and TRW Automotive. It also serves electronics manufacturing services providers, including Celestica Inc.; Flextronics International LTD; Jabil Circuit, Inc.; and Sanmina-SCI Corporation. The company’s distributor customers include TTI, Inc.; Arrow Electronics, Inc.; and Avnet, Inc. Patents and Trademarks As of March 31, 2013, the company held 108 patents and 8 trademarks in the United States; and 40 patents and 93 trademarks in other foreign countries. Research and Development The company’s research and development expenses were $28.0 million for the fiscal year 2013. These amounts include expenditures for product development and the design and development of machinery and equipment for new processes and cost reduction efforts. Alliances KEMET, who announced its alliance with NEC TOKIN in 2013, has integrated the full line of the Japanese manufacturer's advanced technologies into its own broad selection of capacitance solutions. Competition The company’s major competitors include AVX Corporation; Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, Ltd. (Panasonic); Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.; Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.; Samsung; Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd.; TDK-EPC Corporation; WIMA GmbH & Co. KG; and Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. History The KEMET Corporation’s operations began in 1919 as a business of Union Carbide Corporation (Union Carbide) to manufacture component parts for vacuum tubes. It entered the market for tantalum capacitors in 1958 as one of approximately 25 United States manufacturers. In 1969, the company began production of ceramic capacitors as the United States manufacturer, and opened its first manufacturing facility in Mexico. In 2003, the company expanded operations into Asia, opening its first facility in Suzhou, China. In 2007, the company acquired the tantalum business unit of EPCOS AG (EPCOS). In 2008, the company entered into markets for film, electrolytic, and paper capacitors. In 2012, the company acquired Cornell Dubilier Foil, LLC (whose name was subsequently changed to KEMET Foil Manufacturing, LLC) and Niotan Incorporated (whose name was subsequently changed to KEMET Blue Powder Corporation).

 

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