2x increase in production capacity by KYOCERA Fineceramics in Europe

Date: 19/11/2023
Kyocera Fineceramics Europe GmbH intends to allocate approximately EUR 34 million for investment in its two German locations in Mannheim and Selb in the 2023/24 fiscal year. The company specializes in providing advanced ceramics for various industries, including automotive, energy, medical technology, and semiconductor manufacturing.

“The challenges of industrial transformation in Germany are enormous. Especially so in an energy-intensive industry like ours. That is why linking commercial aspects and green issues is particularly important to us. This is exactly what these investments are designed to achieve,” explains Dr Carsten Rußner, President of Kyocera Fineceramics Europe GmbH, in a press release.

Demand for the company's products is high and the order books look healthy – and Kyocera wants to continue its growth. There is a clear growth strategy in place to achieve this.

“The Kyocera Group does not focus on short-term shareholder value effects. For us, the long-term perspective is what counts: we want to become the No.1 in the European market for technical ceramics,” says Dr Carsten Rußner.

Kyocera Fineceramics has expanded its workforce by over 200 employees after the acquisition and merger of H.C. Starck Ceramics GmbH and Friatec GmbH's ceramics business.

“After laying the foundations for the new administration and logistics centre in Mannheim in March of this year, we intend to expand our production facilities in a focused manner over the next few months. In Selb, we will also convert existing buildings and construct new ones on newly acquired land,” explains Armin Kayser, Executive Vice President of Kyocera Fineceramics Europe GmbH.

The company plans to enhance its production capabilities by establishing new facilities within the existing buildings in Mannheim. Additionally, a revamped power supply system will be implemented, incorporating photovoltaic modules to generate electricity and utilizing waste heat from the sintering furnaces to provide heating and cooling for the entire site.

“The expertise at both facilities – industrial ceramics in general in Mannheim, and ceramic materials for semiconductor production in particular in Selb – will be retained. Mannheim is also the headquarters for Kyocera Fineceramics sales in Europe, which sells Japanese products alongside those manufactured at the German sites. At the same time, Kyocera also wants to enable its sites to work together more closely,” Armin Kayser continues.

For more information visit:www.kyocera-fineceramics.de

News Source: Kyocera