KYOCERA to Acquire 100% Ownership of U.S.-Based Solid Tool Manufacturer

Acquisition of SGS Tool Company to enable total solutions provision for further expansion of cutting tool business

KYOTO, Japan--()--Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) today announced that it has completed a share purchase agreement regarding the U.S.-based solid tool manufacturing and sales company, SGS Tool Company (President: Thomas Haag) and its group companies (herein “SGS Tool”). Effective May 2, Kyocera will acquire 100% ownership of SGS Tool, and will rename the company as KYOCERA SGS Precision Tools, Inc. By incorporating SGS Tool, Kyocera plans to increase sales of cutting tool business in North America by 2.5 times by fiscal year ending March 31, 2019.

Background

Cutting tools are utilized for machining in various industrial fields including automotive, aerospace, energy, general industrial machines and medical related products — with two main categories of products: indexable tools and solid tools. In this market, there is a high demand for companies that can provide total solutions for products ranging from roughing to finishing.

Currently Kyocera is expanding its cutting tool business globally with its main lineup of indexable cutting tool products; while SGS Tool is a solid tool manufacturing and sales company developing its business mainly in the U.S. and U.K. which possesses strength in products for the automotive, aerospace, energy and medical industries.

By incorporating SGS Tool into the Kyocera Group, Kyocera will create a business structure capable of providing total solutions and strengthen its business globally as a valuable comprehensive cutting tool manufacturer.

Main Objectives

1. Providing valuable solutions
By expanding its lineup with solid tools and creating a structure capable of providing total solutions, Kyocera will provide further added value solutions to customers.

2. Strengthening business in North America
By adding new manufacturing and sales sites, Kyocera will further strengthen and expand its cutting tool business in North America.

3. Development of products and technologies utilizing the knowledge of both companies
Through mutual utilization of the sophisticated product geometry and latest coating technologies originally developed by each company, Kyocera will enhance its competitiveness and meet an even wider variety of needs in the market.

About SGS Tool

 
Company name       SGS Tool Company
President       Thomas Haag
Established       1951
Global headquarters       Munroe Falls, Ohio, U.S.A.
Main Business       Manufacturing and sales of solid tools
Employees       335 (as of February 29, 2016)
     

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About KYOCERA

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 integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of cutting tools, industrial ceramics, solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic components and semiconductor packages. During the year ended March 31, 2015, the company’s net sales totaled 1.53 trillion yen (approx. USD12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on the latest listing of the “Top 100 Global Innovators” by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #552 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

Contacts

KYOCERA Corporation (Japan)
Hina Morioka, +81-(0)75-604-3416
Corporate Communications
webmaster.pressgl@kyocera.jp
Fax: +81-(0)75-604-3516

Release Summary

Kyocera has completed a share purchase agreement regarding the U.S.-based solid tool manufacturer, SGS Tool Company and its group companies.

Contacts

KYOCERA Corporation (Japan)
Hina Morioka, +81-(0)75-604-3416
Corporate Communications
webmaster.pressgl@kyocera.jp
Fax: +81-(0)75-604-3516