Kyocera Adds European Production Capacity with H.C. Starck Ceramics Acquisition
By using manufacturing assets gained in the H.C. Starck Ceramics acquisition, Kyocera reports that it will be able to respond quickly to clients in Europe.
Kyocera Corp. recently announced that its Germany-based European headquarters, Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH, has concluded an agreement with H.C. Starck GmbH to acquire 100% of the shares of its H.C. Starck Ceramics GmbH subsidiary, an advanced ceramic manufacturing and sales company based in Selb, Germany. H.C. Starck Ceramics will join Kyocera and begin operations in spring 2019, subject to regulatory approval.
While in recent years Kyocera has been making investments to increase production capacity of fine ceramic components in Japan and the U.S., the company currently does not have facilities to manufacture fine ceramic components in Europe. By using manufacturing assets gained in the H.C. Starck Ceramics acquisition, Kyocera reports that it will be able to respond quickly to clients in Europe, satisfying the growing market demand for fine ceramic components used in industrial machinery.
H.C. Starck Ceramics was founded in 1985 as Hutschenreuther Technische Keramik and became part of the H.C. Starck Group in 2001. H.C. Starck Ceramics possesses reaction-bonded silicon carbide (RBSiC) processing technology (a new technology for Kyocera), which reportedly enables the production of high-rigidity, large and complex-shaped materials. The newly acquired company also contributes efficient production equipment using cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).