KYOCERA to boost MLCC production with new manufacturing plant

KYOCERA to boost MLCC production with new manufacturing plant

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Kyocera Corporation has announced that it will construct a new production facility at its Kokubu Plant Campus in Kagoshima, Japan, to increase its production capacity of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), strengthen engineering development capabilities, and ensure ample manufacturing space as Kyocera’s business expands.

Demand for MLCCs is expected to grow as communication terminals and semiconductor devices become more compact and sophisticated. Additionally, the expanding commercialization of 5G data centers, ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and EV (electric vehicle) technology will be facilitated by smaller, more functional electronic components like MLCCs.

A signing ceremony held on August 17, 2022 included Kagoshima Governor Koichi Shiota, Kirishima City Mayor Shinichi Nakashige, and Kyocera officials. Construction will begin in February 2023 and the plant will begin operation in May 2024. The new plant will be located on the current site of Kyocera’s Monozukuri R&D Laboratory, which will be demolished in September, 2022.

In addition to enhancing its electronic components business, Kyocera aims to stimulate economic development in Kagoshima Prefecture and to create new employment opportunities in the community.

Recently at the Automotive Engineering Exposition 2022 held in Yokohama City, Kanagawa, Kyocera highlighted its new “Road Vehicle Cooperation System,” which contributes to safe autonomous driving by connecting ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) roadside systems installed in traffic infrastructure with various devices and sensors installed in the vehicle.

Smart V2I roadside units are designed for installation on utility poles and traffic lights at intersections with poor visibility. This type of device collects information from road infrastructure, such as pedestrian and vehicle locations and traffic light information, and wirelessly communicates the details to vehicles and bicycles. In addition, the Smart V2I roadside units can connect sensors, such as FIR (Far InfraRed) cameras and other devices. Blind spot information detected by sensors and other devices is transmitted to the vehicle using the V2I units to alert the driver.

Image: Architect’s rendering of the new facility (Graphic: Business Wire)

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