KYOCERA Announces Upward Revision of Annual Solar Cell Production to 1GW by March 2013

Aiming to provide greater number of solar products to meet increasing global demand


KYOTO, March 2, 2010 — Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971)(President: Tetsuo Kuba) today announced that it will increase its annual solar cell production targets to meet the growing demand for solar energy products in the global market. New targets aim for an incremental increase to 1 gigawatt (GW) per year by March 2012 — 2.5 times more comparing with fiscal year 2010 production volume, 400MW.

Fiscal Year*

Annual Solar Cell Production Plan













1GW (1,000MW)

*Fiscal years run from the preceding April 1 to March 31 of the indicated year.

As part of the new plan to increase annual cell production, Kyocera has recently completed construction of a new cell manufacturing plant in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan which will operate in addition to the company’s existing Shiga Yohkaichi Plant.

In response to growing demand Kyocera has established local production and supply networks for solar modules in North America, Europe, Japan and China — the world's four largest solar energy markets. In addition to the solar cell production increase, the company will continue to enhance its module assembly capability.

“Kyocera will continue to contribute to solving increasing environmental issues by providing solar panels with high quality and high reliability for the creation of clean energy,” stated Tetsuo Kuba, president of Kyocera Corporation.

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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 plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, electronic components, laser printers, copiers, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2009, the company’s net sales totaled 1.13 trillion yen (approximately USD11.5 billion). The company, which marks its 50th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of its U.S. operations this fiscal year, is ranked #418 on Forbes magazine’s 2009 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.