Kyocera by the Numbers


Growth Trend

Founded in 1959, annual sales for the first year were $240,000*, forty years later, annual sales exceeded $10 billion, and we continue to aim for further growth and development.

* US$1=JPY108

Net Sales(graph)
Sales by Region(graph)

Kyocera started with only 28 employees

U-shaped Kelcima

At the age of 27, with a belief in his own engineering expertise, Kazuo Inamori (currently chairman emeritus) founded Kyoto Ceramics (now Kyocera Corporation) in April 1959 along with seven other colleagues. With another 20 new college graduates, Kyocera started out with just 28 employees. They focused on producing the "U-shaped Kelcima," a component for television picture tubes, by utilizing the fine ceramics engineering technology developed by Inamori. Kyocera established production for 200,000 units per month even though employees and equipment were limited. At the time, the majority of ceramic parts for electric components were made overseas, but whenever asked, "Can you make this type of product?" Kyocera immediately responded, "Please leave it to us." Kyocera made its first steps by accepting jobs that others would not or could not pursue.

Become a creative company of continuous growth

Soon after its founding, Kyocera layed out its management rationale, "To provide opportunities for the material and intellectual growth of all our employees, and through our joint efforts, contribute to the advancement of society and humankind." Today, Kyocera has grown into a global enterprise with 231 group companies (as of March 31, 2017) more than 70,000 employees, and more than one trillion yen in annual consolidated sales. Kyocera aims to become "The Company" — an enterprise which people all over the world would name first as the company that contributes most to the advancement of society. Kyocera can achieve this goal by continuing to grow through the practice of the Kyocera Philosophy, possessing a strong sense of duty, and fearlessly pursuing new possibilities.

Kyocera global headquarters (Kyoto,Japan)