Kyocera Corporation, founded 1959, is based in Kyoto, Japan, with international operations in four continents (Asia, Europe, and North and South America). It produces a wide range of electronics products and components. Two-thirds of its sales come from its ceramics products, which include tools, medical implants, solar panels, and even kitchen utensils. It also makes office equipment and cameras.

A major acquisition in 2000 allowed Kyocera to enter the consumer wireless market. It bought out the wireless telephone product line formerly owned by QUALCOMM.

Kyocera trades on the New York Stock Exchange as KYO.

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Kyocera International, Inc. Kyocera North America. http://www.kyocera.com/home.cfm (16 Mar. 2001).

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