|Raw natural materials refined to a high level of purity and artificial materials synthesized through chemical processes are sintered at high temperatures. These "fine ceramics" which are created by such processes are materials with outstanding heat resistance and abrasion resistance.
At Kyocera, fine ceramics have been the core of our business since our foundation in 1959 - during the early days of the industry. We have developed new technologies and new applications for fine ceramics, and by deploying these in a diverse range of applied products, we have achieved growth and made many advances.
Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera, was the first person in Japan to successfully synthesize forsterite (a type of fine ceramics). That was the start of the history of Kyocera and fine ceramics. At the time of our foundation in 1959, demand for televisions was undergoing tremendous growth. Kyocera began supplying fine ceramic components which were essential for television cathode ray tubes. Thereafter, in an era of growing use of electrical appliances, Kyocera successfully developed multilayer ceramic packages and many other related products.
During the recession triggered by the 1st oil crisis in the 1970s, Kyocera began developing diversified operations. The aim was to build a corporate structure capable of continuous growing, which would be unaffected by the ups and downs of any one particular industry. We therefore focused on expansion of operations into new products centered on fine ceramic technology. Starting with the development of cutting tools that contribute to industrial advancement, we then succeeded in developing recrystallized jewels with chemical compositions and structures identical to those of naturally occurring jem stones. Additionally, by realizing that ceramics have higher biocompatibility than metallic materials, Kyocera was able to advance into the field of medical products with the development of ceramic dental implants, artificial bones and artificial joints. In this way, Kyocera has contributed greatly to improving the quality of life for people suffering from injury and illness.
With these and other successes, fine ceramics attracted great expectation as an important technology for the 21st century. By steadily providing the world with innovative and essential products, Kyocera will continue to create new value.
Television tube containing the U-shaped Kelcima - the first product made by Kyocera - which was the beginning of the history of Kyocera and fine ceramics.
Outstanding in strength, heat resistance and corrosion resistance, these products are ideal as high-precision and stable structural components - making them ideal for use in semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
High precision and increased size are required for LCD manufacturing equipment. Our alumina ceramic components are among the largest in the world, and support the growing LCD industry.