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KYOCERA to Acquire Advanced Ceramic Business of Germany-based Friatec GmbH

Acquisition strengthens Kyocera’s production and sales infrastructure in Europe

May 29, 2019Japan

Kyocera Corporation (President: Hideo Tanimoto) today announced that its Germany-based European headquarters, Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH will acquire the advanced ceramics business operations of Friatec GmbH (“Friatec”), a manufacturer and seller of ceramic and plastic components based in Mannheim, Germany through a newly established subsidiary. Friatec has over 150 years of experience in ceramics innovation dating back to its founding in 1863.

The operations will be transferred to the subsidiary Kyocera Fineceramics Solutions GmbH in autumn 2019*.

Photo:Headquarters of Friatec GmbH in Mannheim
Headquarters of Friatec GmbH in Mannheim

Acquisition Background and Objectives
Since its founding in 1959, Kyocera has provided advanced ceramic 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 fine ceramics.

In April 2019, Kyocera acquired H.C. Starck Ceramics GmbH (now: Kyocera Fineceramics Precision GmbH), a Germany-based company specializing in non-oxide fine ceramic components. The acquisition gave Kyocera its first fine ceramic manufacturing facility in Europe, strategically positioning the company to meet rising demand for fine ceramic components used in industrial machinery.

By subsequently acquiring Friatec's ceramic business, including its main lineup of oxide and metallized ceramic components and a European manufacturing facility capable of producing these products, Kyocera will be able to offer customers comprehensive service through local production and sales. Kyocera also aims to further expand its fine ceramic business by strengthening its capabilities for developing and supplying prototypes with short delivery times.

Overview of Friatec GmbH
Company nameFriatec GmbH
RepresentativesChairman:Fausto Bejarano
Managing Director:Dr. Amin Haghjoo
LocationMannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Employees involved in business to be succeeded301 (as of March 31, 2019)

Photo:Friatec's oxide ceramic components (left) and metallized ceramic components (right)
Friatec's oxide ceramic components (left) and metallized ceramic components (right)

* Closing of the acquisition is subject to completion of regulatory filings and obtainment of approvals from administrative authorities, which are necessary under anti-trust and investment related regulations etc. in relevant countries.