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KYOCERA America Inc. Broadens Organic Microelectronic Substrate Operations

Consolidation brings new solutions for high-end microelectronics packaging customers

San Diego – April 2, 2014 – Kyocera announced today that it has consolidated the North American sales and technical operations of Kyocera SLC Technologies Corporation (KST) and Kyocera Circuit Solutions USA Inc. (KCS-US) into the Organic Products Sales Group of Kyocera America Inc. (KAI), based in San Diego, Calif., effective April 1, 2014.

The Kyocera Group has been expanding its business in the printed circuit board (PCB) market with organic packages produced by its wholly-owned subsidiary, KST, which boasts one of the highest market shares in the industry for organic flip-chip ball-grid-array substrates used in high-end application-specific integrated circuit applications. KST has recently expanded its product offerings through the full-fledged launch of smaller, lower-profile, flip-chip chip-scale packages for the high volume, high growth smartphone and mobile computing tablet markets.

On October 1, 2013, in order to further strengthen and expand the Kyocera Group’s organic substrate business, Kyocera Corporation of Japan concluded a share transfer agreement with Toppan Printing Co. Ltd. and NEC Corporation to acquire all shares of the PCB manufacturing company NEC Toppan Circuit Solutions Inc. (TNCSi). The new company became Kyocera Circuit Solutions Inc. (KCS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation.  KCS has focused its PCB business on motherboards and modules, while recently expanding into extremely low-profile multilayer boards — for applications including high-end telecommunications infrastructure equipment, module PCBs used in smartphones, and PCBs for in-vehicle applications. Utilizing the company’s broad range of high-density PCBs and advanced technology for low-profile substrates, KCS is developing some of the world’s lowest-profile component-embedded PCBs, which are expected to contribute to the further downsizing of electronic equipment.

By merging the North American sales and technical service organizations outlined above into one Organic Products Sales Group at KAI, Kyocera will further enhance its product offerings and contribute to the expansion of organic-based solutions for the industry.
 
About Kyocera
San Diego-based Kyocera America Inc. (http://americas.kyocera.com/kai) provides high-reliability ceramic and organic packages, complex modules, and contract assembly services for numerous electronics markets and applications, with customers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Kyocera America employs more than 350 people in its San Diego location. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., the North American holding company for Kyocera Corporation.


Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine (or “advanced”) ceramics. Kyocera specializes in combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies to produce microelectronic packages and substrates, electronic components, cutting tools, industrial components, solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company’s net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion).

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