Advanced ceramics producer Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp. (KICC), Tokyo, announced the creation of a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Kyocera Precision Tools Inc., that consolidates its North American cutting tool operations in the indexable, microtool, and printed circuit board (PCB) cutting tool markets.
Kyocera Precision Tools will carry the company's full line of microtool and PCB cutting tool products, formerly supplied under the name Kyocera Tycom Corp. (KTC). By July 1, 2014, when the consolidation is complete, the full line of indexable cutting tool products currently supplied by the cutting tool division of KICC will be merged into the new company as well.
Kyocera Precision Tools, headquartered in Hendersonville, N.C., is led by President Koichi Nosaka, former general manager of cutting tools at KICC, and Vice President Jim Good, former president of KTC.
All existing cutting tool sales and production facilities will remain operational. Kyocera anticipates no interruption in service. Customers will benefit from a unified sales and support team offering improved customer service and an expanded portfolio of cutting tool products and solutions for the automotive, aerospace, general machining, medical, power generation, printed circuit board and steel markets, according to the company.
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Cutting tool materials based on aluminum oxide and silicon nitride. Ceramic tools can withstand higher cutting speeds than cemented carbide tools when machining hardened steels, cast irons and high-temperature alloys.