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Kyocera Wireless Corp. Adds to List of Awards for Environmental Responsibility

Recycling programs recognized by California Environmental Protection Agency with 2001 WRAP Award

SAN DIEGO - October 15, 2001 - Kyocera Wireless Corp., one of North America's largest manufacturers of wireless phones, has been named a 2001 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) winner for its efforts to reduce waste and protect the environment. The program is sponsored by the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the state's primary recycling agency and a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Kyocera Wireless Corp. also earned the 2001 Director's Recycling Award from the City of San Diego Environmental Services Task Force earlier this year.

Kyocera Wireless Corp. annually recycles and redirects more than 60 percent - or 2 million pounds - of its total waste material. In the last year, the company has reclaimed more than 3 million batteries from wireless phones and has cut its energy consumption by 10 percent. It also has downsized its consumer packaging by over 300 percent and increased its use of recycled packaging materials over the past three years.

"Environmental responsibility is an integral part of Kyocera's corporate philosophy and we appreciate this recognition from the state," said Skip Speaks, president and COO of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Our recycling efforts not only have helped to keep San Diego beautiful, but also have directly impacted our bottom line by reducing costs."

In August, Kyocera Wireless Corp. joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Star Program, which recognizes companies that minimize energy consumption and produce energy-efficient products. The company has also maintained an ISO 14001 international certification for its systematic management approach to environmental concerns.

About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. For more information please visit the Kyocera Wireless Corp. Web site at

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar energy systems, telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers and copiers. During the year ended March 31, 2001, the companies' net sales totaled 1.285 trillion yen (US$10.2 billion) with net income of 219.5 billion yen (US$1.742 billion). Kyocera Corporation has been recognized by IndustryWeek magazine as one of "The World's 100 Best-Managed Companies."

Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. QCP is a trademark of Kyocera Wireless Corp. QUALCOMM is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners

Dana Knight, Kyocera Wireless Corp.
1-(858) 882-2338 (ph)

Karen Hayes, Fleishman-Hillard for Kyocera
1-(619) 237-7719 (ph)