Kyocera Consolidates U.S. Operations

San Diego-based Kyocera International Inc. has absorbed four of its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries, including Kyocera Solar Inc., and will operate their existing businesses as a single enterprise. The company says the streamlining is intended to reduce costs, enhance efficiencies and eliminate redundant processes.

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Kyocera Solar Inc. will become Kyocera International Inc.’s Solar Energy Group, providing sales, marketing and support for solar photovoltaic modules and systems used in residential and commercial power generation. Kyocera Solar President Hitoshi Atari will continue to lead the solar division in his new role as vice president of Kyocera International Inc.

The other three affected subsidiaries include San Diego-based Kyocera America Inc., which will become Kyocera International Inc.’s Semiconductor Components Group; San Diego-based Kyocera Communications Inc., which will become Kyocera International Inc.’s Communications Equipment Group; and Hendersonville, N.C.-based Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp., which will be consolidated along product lines.

Tetsuo Kuba, chairman of Kyocera International Inc. and chairman of Japan-based Kyocera Corp., the group’s global parent, will continue in both executive positions.

Robert E. Whisler, who was named president of Kyocera International Inc. on April 1, will lead the operations undergoing consolidation. He succeeds John S. Rigby, Jr., who retired this year.

“Unifying these operations will streamline Kyocera’s processes significantly while enhancing service to all of our business partners,” says Whisler. “Our customers will gain efficiencies by transacting with a single enterprise, and our supply chain will be strengthened by aggregation.”


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