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Kyocera Introduces Silicon Carbide Manufacturing at Vancouver, WA USA Plant

Vancouver, WA -- September 17, 2002 -- Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation today announced the addition of sintered silicon carbide to its line of non-oxide material capabilities at its manufacturing plant in Vancouver, WA. Sintered silicon carbide, best known for excellent wear resistance and corrosion resistance, complements Kyocera’s existing line of sintered silicon nitride materials, which are recognized for extreme strength, toughness, thermal shock resistance and light weight.

Sintered silicon carbide is typically used in applications demanding an extremely hard, wear resistant surface, excellent corrosion resistance, high-temperature resistance or a combination of the three.

Both silicon carbide and silicon nitride can be manufactured into a wide variety of intricate components using Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation’s state-of-the-art forming, machining, sintering and grinding capabilities. Assembly services are also available when you need to combine a ceramic component with another part.

For additional information on Kyocera’s silicon carbide or silicon nitride materials, please contact:

Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp.
24 Prime Park Way
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 508-651-3922
Fax: 508-650-0625
e-mail: industrial@kyocera.com

Web: www.kyocera.com/kicc

About Kyocera
Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation is headquartered in Vancouver, WA, with four manufacturing plants and 12 sales offices throughout the United States. The company manufactures advanced ceramic components and Ceratip cutting tools, and markets LCDs, thermal printheads, fiber optic components and industrial lenses. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. of San Diego, the North American holding company for Kyocera Corporation.

Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation, the group’s global parent, employs approximately 40,000 people in 25 nations and recorded consolidated sales of $7.8 billion during the year ending March 31, 2002.


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