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Kyocera consolidates its fineceramics business in Europe

In the future, the existing European fineceramics business will be combined in the new KYOCERA Fineceramics Europe GmbH.

Kyocera, a leading global manufacturer of fineceramics components, will consolidate its European fineceramics business. In doing so, the fine ceramics units as well as the production sites in Mannheim and Selb will be combined in an independent company under the roof of KYOCERA Europe GmbH. In addition, the existing high-turnover fine ceramics business of KYOCERA Europe GmbH will also be integrated into this new company. The company will carry the name KYOCERA Fineceramics Europe GmbH. Armin Kayser, Dr. Carsten Russner and Kazuhiko Mishima will be appointed managing directors who together bring along many years of expertise in fineceramics technologies. This is the next step in the company's longstanding growth strategy.

The background of the restructuring is the growing European sales market for fineceramics components. Through the acquisition of H.C. Starck Ceramics GmbH, a Germany-based company specializing in non-oxide fineceramics components, Kyocera gained its first production facility in Germany in 2019. The acquisition of the ceramic operation of Friatec GmbH, a manufacturer of ceramic and plastic components, in the same year added a second production site. Kyocera has thus been able to expand its product line-up with oxide and metallized ceramic components in Europe.

The consolidation is the next crucial step in Kyocera’s growth strategy

As demand continues to rise, Kyocera is now taking the next major step by consolidating all fineceramics business activities into KYOCERA Fineceramics Europe GmbH, one legal entity with from now on 2 production sites in Mannheim and Selb and 5 sales offices in Esslingen, Neuss, Mannheim, Selb and Stockholm. The company will be headquartered in Mannheim.

The consolidation brings advantages

The consolidation of Kyocera’s European fineceramics business brings along lots of benefits for all customers, such as:

  • Higher focus on customer relationship and supply chain from Europe for European customers
  • Improved cooperation with R&D, Product and Application development teams based in Europe
  • Highly motivated and dedicated sales team with more than 60 professionals and more focused responsibilities

Quote: Armin Kayser: “This step is essential in our growth strategy. We are very happy to build a new foundation in Europe and to further expand our business in the next years. Our customers will benefit greatly from this new presence right in the heart of their focus market.”

Quote: Dr. Carsten Russner: “Kyocera was already a successful manufacturer of fine ceramics components in Japan when, in 1971, the company entered the German market. We are proud to expand our international business and strengthen our presence in Europe with this monumental step towards internationality and our client’s focus markets.”

Quote: Kazuhiko Mishima: “I am happy to be part of the newly founded management team and am looking forward to serving our customers in Europe even better through this consolidation.”

Since its founding in Japan in 1959, Kyocera has provided fine ceramics components for a wide range of markets, including industrial machinery, information devices, medical devices, and environmental preservation / renewable energy equipment. The company has supported various industries by utilizing technologies cultivated through its research, development, and production of fineceramics.

Overview of the newly established Fineceramics Company

Company Name: KYOCERA Fineceramics Europe GmbH

Headquarters: Mannheim

Plants: Mannheim, Selb (production facilities)

Sales Offices: Mannheim, Selb, Esslingen, Neuss, Stockholm      

Management Board: Dr. Carsten Russner, Armin Kayser, Kazuhiko Mishima