September 11, 2023
The new centre will consolidate production engineering and development across divisions, improving production capabilities and training for engineers.
Kyocera Corporation (Kyocera) announced plans to build a new Centre for Development at its Shiga Yasu Campus in Japan, where the company will consolidate production engineering and development functions. The new Centre will strengthen manufacturing capabilities through stronger collaboration among Kyocera’s diverse business divisions, while training new generations of engineering leaders, the company explained.
Kyocera plans to raise its capabilities to a new level in production engineering through developing state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, promoting smart factories by adopting automated and optimised production processes, investing in engineering skills development, building digital transformation expertise, and sharing knowledge among divisions.
Within this context, the company envisions the new Centre as a gathering place for production engineers from all major Kyocera manufacturing sites. Key objectives will include strengthening and accelerating development of core technologies and manufacturing processes at Kyocera’s components businesses, while creating a new space for engineers from each business division to engage in co-creation, information-sharing, and technological training.
The Centre is planned to have six floors. The first through third floors will feature spaces for production process and equipment development, including pilot production lines for new technologies in ceramic moulding, dispersion, mixing, firing, and laser processing for components manufacturing. Kyocera added that special emphasis will be placed on optimising manufacturing processes to achieve carbon neutrality. The fourth to sixth floors will include offices, co-creation cafes, and training spaces both for newly hired engineers and for employees who need to learn the digital transformation skills necessary for operating smart factories.
In addition, the Centre will collaborate closely with Kyocera’s three R&D bases in Japan, including the Minato Mirai Research Centre, Keihanna Research Centre, and Kirishima R&D Centre, to strengthen the manufacturing capabilities of the Kyocera Group.
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