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KYOCERA To Acquire Japan-Based Showa Optronics Co., Ltd.
to Strengthen Optical Components Business

Acquisition aims to maximize synergy through combined technologies

March 25, 2020Japan

Update on June 30, 2020

Kyocera Corporation (President: Hideo Tanimoto; hereunder: Kyocera) today announced that it entered into a share transfer agreement with NEC Corporation (President: Takashi Niino; hereunder: NEC) on March 25, 2020 to acquire all of NEC's shares in Showa Optronics Co., Ltd., an optical components manufacturer (President: Minoru Hijikawa; hereunder: SOC). After the share transfer is completed, Kyocera will own 93.53% of SOC's shares; SOC will begin operating as a subsidiary of Kyocera on June 1, 2020, under the name Kyocera Showa Optronics Co., Ltd. (KSO).

(Supplementary information: June 30, 2020) ​
As scheduled, Showa Optronics Co., Ltd. began operation as a subsidiary of Kyocera on June 1. However, with regard to the company name, it will remain Showa Optronics Co., Ltd. until September 30, and change its name to KYOCERA SOC Corporation as of October 1, 2020.

■ Background Information and Objectives
With its highly advanced manufacturing technologies, Kyocera's optical components business has engaged in producing diversified lenses in small to large diameters from a wide variety of materials. The products have been used in various fields, including automotive, office and factory automation equipment, and medical equipment, since Kyocera entered this business in 1983.

In 2016, Kyocera expanded this business by acquiring Japan-based Melles Griot KK, a manufacturer of large-diameter and high-precision lenses for factory automation equipment. The company is expanding its production capabilities to meet rising demand.

SOC, established in 1954, has targeted high-value-added markets including space-related products, semiconductor manufacturing equipment (such as exposure equipment), and medical equipment for DNA analysis, using its core technologies of ultra-high-precision lens polishing, high-proof and low-loss film formation, and lasers with outstanding stability.

In acquiring SOC as a subsidiary, Kyocera aims to become a leading optical components company by expanding its new product offerings in the laser market, maximizing synergies through both companies' combined technologies, and utilizing Kyocera's worldwide sales network and production facilities to further expand its optical components businesses.

■Outline of SOC
Company NameShowa Optronics Co., Ltd.
RepresentativeMinoru Hijikawa, President
Establishment1954 (Established as Showa Optical Co., Ltd.)
LocationHead Office: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Yokohama Office: Midori-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Capital stock50 million yen
Number of EmployeesApproximately 230

■Product Images of SOC

Photo:High-precision, large-diameter lens
High-precision, large-diameter lens
Photo:Solid-state laser
Solid-state laser