Architect's rendering of a new R&D center
The Kokubu campus is already an innovation hub and site of three strategic R&D groups: Kyocera's Monozukuri R&D Laboratory, which focuses on advanced material technologies; its Production Technology Division, focusing on manufacturing process innovation; and its Analysis Center, which develops simulation and evaluation technologies. R&D programs at the campus currently include 5G smartphone technologies, electronic and semiconductor components used in IoT devices, and key components for new smart energy technologies, such as cell stacks for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs). Intellectual property developed there has found a wide range of other applications as well, in the automotive, aerospace, medical and healthcare fields.
Through greater collaboration among these R&D operations, Kyocera will establish a new platform to accelerate development and production efforts, with comprehensive support for manufacturing new products, promoting factory automation, and improving manufacturing efficiencies. Kyocera will position the new facility specifically as an incubator for open innovation, sharing technical information for human resource development, and networking with inventors outside of Kyocera.
■ Outline of Kyocera's New R&D Center
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|Name||(To be announced)|
|Location||Kyocera's Kagoshima Kokubu Plant Campus
1450-1 Azadainomaru, Kokubukamikogawa, Kirishima-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
|Total investment||Approximately 10 billion yen (approx. 96 million U.S. dollars)|
|Building area||5,990 m2 steel construction with 5 stories|
|Total floor space||22,902 m2|
|Construction plan||Construction begins: January 2021
Facility opens: September 2022
|Main R&D activities||Development of laminated ceramic capacitors, ceramic packages for electronic devices, cell stacks for SOFCs|