KYOCERA's Ceramic Scissors Inaugurate "Tijuana Innovadora 2010" Event
Mexican President Felipe Calderón cuts ribbon to open Oct. 7-21 expo
TIJUANA, MEXICO – October 7, 2010 – Mexican President Felipe Calderón used ceramic scissors from Kyocera for the ribbon cutting to inaugurate the Tijuana Innovadora 2010 global technology conference, which continues today through Oct. 21 at the Tijuana Cultural Center.
Kyocera’s ceramic scissors reflect the high-tech theme of the conference, which showcases the city as a center for innovation and technology. Ceramic scissors can be used for specialized tasks in the laboratory and in manufacturing. In contrast with metal scissors, ceramic blades are chemically inert, non-magnetic, electrically non-conductive, and less likely to transmit electrostatic energy to semiconductors or other sensitive electronic devices — placing them at the “cutting edge” of technology.
Kyocera is among more than 50 exhibitors displaying their latest products at Tijuana Innovadora. The company’s exhibit at Pavilion 13 includes solar energy modules and semiconductor packaging products made in Tijuana and San Diego. Kyocera is also exhibiting selected products that it manufactures in other regions of the world — including its innovative wireless phones, engineered ceramic components, ceramic and cermet industrial cutting tools, and ceramic kitchen cutlery.
Kyocera’s fine ceramics have unique physical, chemical, electrical, thermal and optical properties. They have high-performance applications ranging from electronic equipment to sushi knives, automotive engines and nuclear particle accelerators. They may be found in items as common as your laptop computer, and as unique as NASA’s Pathfinder Rovers on the surface of Mars.
In parallel with the exhibits, Tijuana Innovadora keynote speakers will include President Felipe Calderón, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Carlos Slim (Telmex), Neri Oxman (MIT), Biz Stone (Twitter), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Paul Jacobs (Qualcomm), and more than 40 other international experts in science, technology, business, academia and the arts.
Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., based in Tijuana, is a leading producer of solar modules, ceramic semiconductor packaging, liquid-crystal display components and other high-technology products. 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.
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 ceramics (also known as “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 electric generating systems, telecommunications equipment, copiers, printers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2010, the company’s net sales totaled 1.07 trillion yen (approximately USD11.5 billion). Kyocera marked its 50th anniversary in 2009, and the 40th anniversary of its U.S. operations. It is ranked #554 on Forbes magazine’s 2010 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.
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