Kyocera Corporation has announced plans to construct a new production facility at its Kokubu Plant Campus in Kagoshima, Japan. Primarily, the purpose is to increase its production capacity of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). In addition, the capacity expansion will also strengthen engineering development capabilities and ensure ample manufacturing space.
The industry expects demand for MLCCs to grow as communication terminals and semiconductor devices become more compact and sophisticated. Furthermore, the expanding commercialization of 5G data centers, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and electric vehicles (EVs) technology will spur more functional electronic components like MLCCs.
Kyocera held a signing ceremony for the establishment of the new plant last August 17. Key officials of Kyocera graced the event, including Kagoshima Governor Koichi Shiota and Kirishima City Mayor Shinichi Nakashige.
Consequently, the construction of the plant will begin in February 2023 and commencement of operation in May 2024. The new plant will rise on the current site of Kyocera’s Monozukuri R&D Laboratory. Incidentally, Kyocera will demolish the said laboratory by next month to pave the way for the new plant.
Kyocera aims to stimulate economic development in Kagoshima Prefecture and to create new employment opportunities in the community. Particularly, total investments in the six-story new plant is about US$111 million.
Initially, the company expects the new plant to churn approximately US$74 million for the first year. Finally, the level of production is likely to increase to US$148 million by FY2026.