Kyoto/London - Kyocera Corporation today announced that its Germany-based European headquarters, Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH, has acquired 100% of the shares of H.C. Starck Ceramics GmbH, a European advanced ceramics manufacturing and sales company based in Selb, Germany, subsequent to the agreement with H.C. Starck GmbH in February 2019. The regulatory filings have been completed and the approval from administrative authorities has been obtained.
Acquisition Background and Objectives
Through the acquisition of H.C. Starck Ceramics, which brings with it fine ceramic manufacturing assets in Europe, production lineup, and innovative technologies, Kyocera aims to further expand its fine ceramic business globally.
H.C. Starck Ceramics, founded in 1985 as “Hutschenreuther Technische Keramik”, possesses reaction bonded silicon carbide (RBSiC*1) processing technology – a new technology for Kyocera – which enables the production of high rigidity, large complex-shaped materials. The newly acquired company also contributes highly efficient production equipment using cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Since its establishment in 1959, Kyocera has provided components for a wide range of markets, including industrial equipment, communications devices, medical devices, and renewable energy equipment, and has supported the development of numerous other industries by utilizing technology cultivated over many years of research, development, and manufacturing of fine ceramics.
Though in recent years Kyocera has been making investments to increase production capacity of fine ceramic components in Japan and the U.S., the company currently does not have facilities to manufacture fine ceramic components in Europe. By using manufacturing assets gained in the H.C. Starck Ceramics acquisition, Kyocera will be able to respond quickly to clients in Europe, satisfying the growing market demand for fine ceramic components used in industrial machinery.
*1 The reaction bonded silicon carbide (RBSiC) is a type of ceramics without changing dimension when fired.
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