VANCOUVER, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyocera International, Inc. conducted a grand opening ceremony today for a $10 million expansion of its manufacturing operations here.
The newly constructed building on the Kyocera site at 5713 N.E. Fourth Plain Boulevard expands the company’s local 40,000-square-foot manufacturing presence by more than 50 percent, to 63,000 square feet — and could create up to 50 new employment positions over the next few years. The facility currently employs approximately 140 staff members on three shifts.
Kyocera has manufactured in Vancouver continuously since 1986, with the current operations active since 1992. Originally conceived as a research and development center for engineered ceramics, the facility now serves as a custom-order manufacturing site specializing in high-added-value components made from advanced ceramic materials.
Kyocera’s ceramics are lighter in weight than most metals and can generally withstand greater extremes of heat, wear, and corrosion. Their unique physical, chemical, electrical, thermal and optical properties make Kyocera’s ceramics ideal for many high-performance, high-reliability applications, and have earned them key roles in the semiconductor, aerospace, automotive, medical and renewable energy markets.
Kyocera International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 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 integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial components, electronic devices, semiconductor packages, cutting tools, solar power generating systems, mobile phones and office document equipment, including printers and copiers. During the year ended March 31, 2016, the company’s net sales totaled 1.48 trillion yen (approx. USD13.1 billion). Kyocera appears on the “Top 100 Global Innovators” list by Clarivate Analytics and is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine’s 2016 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.