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Kyocera to Acquire Advanced Ceramic Business of Germany-based Friatec GmbH

Acquisition strengthens Kyocera’s production and sales infrastructure in Europe

  • Corporate
  • Fine Ceramic Components

Kyoto/London - Kyocera Corporation today announced that its Germany-based European headquarters, Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH will acquire the advanced ceramics business operations of Friatec GmbH (“Friatec”), a manufacturer and seller of ceramic and plastic components based in Mannheim, Germany through a newly established subsidiary. Friatec has over 150 years of experience in ceramics innovation dating back to its founding in 1863. The operations will be transferred to the subsidiary Kyocera Fineceramics Solutions GmbH in autumn 2019.*1

Kyocera_Friatec_GmbH_01.jpg Headquarters of Friatec GmbH in Mannheim

Acquisition Background and Objectives 

Since its founding in 1959, Kyocera has provided advanced ceramic components for a wide range of markets, including industrial machinery, information devices, medical devices, and environmental preservation / renewable energy equipment. The company has supported various industries by utilizing technologies cultivated through its research, development, and production of fine ceramics.

In April 2019, Kyocera acquired H.C. Starck Ceramics GmbH (now: Kyocera Fineceramics Precision GmbH), a Germany-based company specializing in non-oxide fine ceramic components. The acquisition gave Kyocera its first fine ceramic manufacturing facility in Europe, strategically positioning the company to meet rising demand for fine ceramic components used in industrial machinery.

By subsequently acquiring Friatec’s ceramic business, including its main lineup of oxide and metallized ceramic components and a European manufacturing facility capable of producing these products, Kyocera will be able to offer customers comprehensive service through local production and sales. Kyocera also aims to further expand its fine ceramic business by strengthening its capabilities for developing and supplying prototypes with short delivery times.

Overview of Friatec GmbH

Company name Friatec GmbH
Representatives Chairman: Fausto Bejarano
Managing Director: Dr. Amin Haghjoo
Established 1863
Location Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Employees involved in business to be succeeded 301 (as of March 31, 2019)
  • Closing of the acquisition is subject to completion of regulatory filings and obtainment of approvals from administrative authorities, which are necessary under the anti-trust and investment related regulations etc. in relevant countries.

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