Three years of Kyocera in Mannheim
In September 2019, KYOCERA Europe GmbH took over the ceramics business of the former FRIATEC GmbH - a significant milestone in the history of the traditional company in Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld. With the takeover, Kyocera strengthened its production and sales structure in Europe. After three years, the company draws a positive balance, looks confidently to the future and plans the further expansion of the Mannheim site.
Shortly after its foundation three years ago, KYOCERA Fineceramics Solutions GmbH faced numerous challenges, such as the Corona pandemic, the global procurement crisis as well as the energy crisis and cost inflation. Nevertheless, the company was able to achieve its goals and sustainably strengthen its Mannheim location: In these three years, not only did the turnover grow by +33% and the number of employees by 10%, but also a total of around EUR 12 million has been invested in the Mannheim location so far.
Especially in the field of automation, precision machining and new technologies, such as high-power lasers for ceramic processing, the future viability of the company was decisively increased. This new technological position was the prerequisite for successful growth in future industries such as semiconductor production and medical technology.
"As we know from numerous examples, many acquisitions do not develop according to expectations. Fortunately, in the case of KYOCERA Fineceramics Solutions, this was different. Thanks to a strong focus by the group and the company on a balanced post-merger process and the great commitment of all employees, we can look back on three successful years and - more importantly - into a positive future at the Mannheim site," says Managing Director Armin Kayser.
Kyocera invests at the Mannheim site
The construction of a new administration centre and a new logistics and production hall at the Mannheim site, in which Kyocera is investing more than EUR 18 million, should have a growth-promoting effect. The planning for this has already been completed. The ground-breaking ceremony is to follow before the end of the year. In return, part of the previous company premises with energy-intensive old buildings will be sold to a real estate investor. New company-owned buildings are to be constructed on the land previously unused by Kyocera. Even after completion of the planned new buildings, the company still has sufficient expansion space at the Mannheim site for many decades.
Under the impact of the energy crisis, the very energy-intensive production of ceramic work surfaces for laboratories was shut down at the beginning of 2022. This made it possible to reduce gas consumption, in particular, far beyond the target proclaimed by the federal government. The employment of all relevant employees was fully secured by the strong sales growth of the new products and markets.
Consolidation as the next step into the future
As part of the Kyocera Group's growth strategy in Europe, the consolidation of the technical ceramics division is the next important step. In addition to KYOCERA Fineceramics Solutions GmbH in Mannheim, Kyocera acquired KYOCERA Fineceramics Precision GmbH in Selb as another German production facility in 2019, making it a leading technical ceramics company in the European market. While oxide ceramic components are manufactured in Mannheim, the plant in Selb specialises in processing non-oxide ceramics. The two production sites will now be merged to form KYOCERA Fineceramics Europe GmbH. The existing high-turnover fine ceramics business of KYOCERA Europe GmbH will also be integrated into the new company with headquarters in Mannheim. The consolidation will be completed by the end of the financial year on 31 March 2023.
In mid-September 2022, three years after the integration into the Kyocera Group, the KYOCERA Fineceramics Solutions GmbH was renamed KYOCERA Fineceramics Europe GmbH.
"With a sales team of more than 60 employees, we will be able to support our European customers even more effectively in the development of new products. The production network of the locations allows us to cost-effectively serve the strongly increasing customer demand for products made of technical ceramics. We are looking forward to being able to support our customers in the new constellation even more reliably and effectively than before," says Armin Kayser.
After the merger of the sites, KYOCERA Fineceramics Europe GmbH will be managed by the previous managing directors of KYOCERA Fineceramics Precision GmbH in Selb, Dr. Carsten Rußner and KYOCERA Fineceramics Solutions GmbH managing director Armin Kayser. The connection to the parent company with all production sites in Japan and the USA is guaranteed by the nomination of Kazuhiko Mishima as 3rd managing director.
KYOCERA Fineceramics Europe GmbH - attractive employer in the metropolitan region
A team of over 300 highly qualified and committed employees at the Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld site forms the basis of the company's success. More than 30 employees in industrial training and dual studies provide for junior staff and further growth.
KYOCERA Fineceramics Europe GmbH is considered a secure employer in the metropolitan region and offers attractive framework conditions and development opportunities in a highly dynamic high-tech company. The company is constantly looking for new employees, especially in production, administration and sales.