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Kyocera Wireless Corp. Earns ISO 14001 Recertification for Environmental Management System

Company has saved nearly 1 million kilowatt hours and reduced use of potable water by 50 percent in past three years

SAN DIEGO - Oct. 1, 2003 - Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones, today announced its ISO 14001 recertification, a strict international management standard that establishes requirements for environmental responsibility through an Environmental Management System (EMS).

Since the company's last ISO 14001 audit three years ago, Kyocera Wireless Corp. has enhanced its Energy Management Control System (EMCS), resulting in a savings of $124,000 and almost 1 million kilowatt hours (Kwh) of electricity. The company has cut the amount of energy required to produce each of its wireless phones by 20 percent over the past two years. Implementing reclaimed water for irrigation has reduced water costs by 40 percent and cut the use of potable water at Kyocera Wireless in half.

"Kyocera was able to show that its entire organization, from senior management to technicians, is aware of and involved in the Environmental Management System," said Bob Auerbach, Los Angeles branch manager at KEMA Registered Quality, the independent third party that completed Kyocera Wireless Corp.'s ISO 14001 audit. "The organization proved to be particularly strong at applying multi-functional teams and it was impressive to see that the environmental effects of Kyocera's products are considered at the early design stage. It was clear to me that Kyocera is a community- minded company that puts a great deal of time and energy into its environmental systems, with excellent results."

"Our Quality Standards team has worked diligently to ensure that we retained our ISO 14001 certification, and this is a validation of Kyocera's commitment to protecting the environment and conservation of natural resources," said Tsuyoshi Mano, president of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "It is important to every member of our organization that we set a standard of environmental excellence within the manufacturing industry. Our ultimate goal is for our 'green' systems to have a positive impact on the local community."

Kyocera Wireless Corp. is one of only 600 communications companies worldwide with the ISO 14001 accreditation. Information on Kyocera's commitment to the environment is available at http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/info/iso.htm.



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. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.

Kyocera Corporation, 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 telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2003, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$9 billion (JP¥ 1,069,770 million) with net income of approximately US$348 million (JP¥ 41,165 million).


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