Kyocera Solar, Inc. Receives ISO 9001 Registration
Scottsdale, Ariz. — July 31, 2008 — Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced the registration of its Scottsdale, Ariz. headquarters to the ISO 9001 standard, an achievement consistent with Kyocera’s commitment to quality and supporting its global customer base.
Developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely observed family of standards for developing and maintaining quality management systems. NSF, the world leader in standards development and third party systems registration for standards such as ISO9001, registered Kyocera Solar, Inc. to the 9001 standard after a year-long preparation process.
“Achieving ISO registration was a team effort, and Kyocera is proud to be a member of the elite group of businesses registered to the ISO 9001 standard,” stated Kyocera Solar, Inc. quality assurance manager, Keith Shellkopf.
The company’s registration process began with in-house seminars in May 2007, which focused on training employees to become more aware of internal process measurements, their own processes, customer satisfaction, and the potential for errors.
“With this new global confirmation, we are able to reinforce Kyocera’s 34-year commitment to producing and maintaining quality products for our customers in the photovoltaic industry,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. “Being a part of the ISO 9001 standard adds to Kyocera’s distinction as a world-class company. We will continue to monitor our processes to ensure that we maintain this distinction.”
Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. and regional sales centers in the U.S., Brazil and Australia, Kyocera Solar, Inc. serves thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. of San Diego, the North American headquarters and holding company for Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation. For more information please visit http://www.kyocerasolar.com
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) is the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, 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 Corporation has become a leading supplier of solar energy systems, telecommunications equipment, laser printers, copiers, semiconductor packages, electronic components and industrial ceramics. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008, the company’s net sales totaled 1.29 trillion yen (approximately $12.9 billion). For more information please visit http://www.kyocera.com.
Under continuous development since 1975, solar energy products recently became Kyocera’s fastest growing business. By 2011, Kyocera plans to be producing 500 megawatts of solar modules annually ― a “carbon impact” comparable to adding 146 square miles of forest to the Earth every year.
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