Kyocera and Kobe Steel Integrate Medical Materials Divisions

Kyocera Corporation and Kobe Steel, Ltd. will establish "Japan Medical Materials Corporation," which was a new company by integrating the medical material businesses of both companies and was announced on April 28, 2004, and commence of operation on September 1, 2004.

Japan Medical Materials Corporation will integrate material and processing technologies for both of ceramics and titanium alloys as well as business resources derived from Kyocera and Kobe Steel, and will promptly establish a business basis as a medical material specialist, which is unique in the world. Japan Medical Materials Corporation will conduct business not only in Japan but all over Asia, and will aim to develop its business on a global scale, targeting markets all over the world. Especially in the area of artificial joint business, which is the main product line of Japan Medical Materials Corporation, Kyocera and Kobe Steel are No. 1 and No. 2 manufacturers, respectively. And Japan Medical Materials Corporation, as a result of the consolidation of the two manufacturers, will aim to become Japan's premier total medical material manufacturer.

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