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KYOCERA Receives Environment Minister’s Award in Japan for Record 5th Consecutive Year

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Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) announced that the company’s Kagoshima Kokubu manufacturing plant (Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan) has received the 2014 Environment Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (implementation of countermeasures / dissemination category) in recognition of its environmental protection activities. This is a record fifth consecutive year that Kyocera has been a recipient of the award. This latest one adds to many other environmental awards the Kyocera Group has received worldwide, including the Blue Angel Award 2014 awarded to Kyocera Document Solutions Deutschland GmbH in Germany, and the fourteenth consecutive annual recycling award received by Kyocera Communications, Inc. from the city of San Diego (U.S.A.).

The award was established in 1998 by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment. It is presented every year in December to coincide with Global Warming Prevention Month, and is given to individuals and groups that have shown remarkable achievements in the prevention of climate change. For this year’s award, Kyocera’s Kagoshima Kokubu Plant was nominated by the local township. In addition to measures such as improving the energy consumption basic unit*, alleviating electricity demand and reducing CO2 emissions in transportation, the plant was recognized for community-based efforts such as offering “Eco-Lessons” at local schools and carrying out biodiversity conservation programs.

Kyocera was founded 55 years ago with a philosophy of “harmonious coexistence” and a commitment to social responsibility and environmental protection. The company is working to achieve the Kyocera Environment Vision 2020, which clarifies the goals to be met by 2020 in order to work on environmental management aimed at sustainable growth while satisfying both ecology and economy demands. The company believes that fostering mutual understanding and awareness with the community is vital in addressing environmental issues and remains committed to local efforts.

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* The energy consumption basic unit is an index for efficiency of energy use and represents the amount of energy use per production value.


Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, industrial ceramics and cutting tools. During the year ended March 31, 2014, the company’s net sales totaled 1.45 trillion yen (approx. USD14.1 billion). The company is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine’s 2014 “Global 2000″ listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies, and was named as the world’s No.1 manufacturer of advanced ceramics in the latest ranking by Ceramic Industry magazine.

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