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Who is Kyocera? History, Recognition, Reliability

April 8th, 2021 | 6 min. read

By Marissa Olson

Who Is Kyocera?

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Is it time to find a new copier or printer for your office? Where do you begin? How can you find a brand that you can trust? The last thing you want is to make the wrong purchasing decision that ends up costing you time and money. 

There’s a lot of options out there which in some cases, can seem overwhelming. What’s the best way to narrow down the products for specifically what you need?



You’ve most likely heard the names Xerox, Canon, Sharp, and HP, right? Well, what about Kyocera? When it comes to office technology solutions like copiers and printers, Kyocera is actually one of the most prominent and popular brands within the industry.  

This article is here to fill you in on what you’re missing out on for those of you who are a little unfamiliar with Kyocera. Just by doing a simple google search of Kyocera copiers and printers, I guarantee you’ll immediately see why we’ve loved our partnership with them over the last 20-plus years. In fact, Kyocera holds the title of our longest-running partnership out of all of our partners—so that has to tell you something! 

Kyocera products are highly reliable, cost-efficient, and ahead of the pack when it comes to leading-edge technology solutions. However, we know that making a purchasing decision on a product you know little about isn’t exactly easy. 

We decided to give you some background information on everything you need to know about the brand and organization so you’ll feel confident in your future investments in Kyocera products for your office or organization. 

Who is Kyocera? This Is What You Need To Know

Kyocera (pronounced kyow·seh·ruh) was founded in 1934 in the city of Kyoto, Japan. The company was initially named Kyoto Ceramic Company, Limited because they first began making ceramic insulators for television picture tubes. Fast forward to now, the name Kyocera comes from a combination of these two words: Kyoto and Ceramics. See, you learn something new every day! 

Since the beginning, Kyocera has been an expert in working with and manufacturing products with ceramics. They manufacture everything from industrial ceramics, telecommunications equipment, electronic components, semiconductor packages, components for medical and dental implants—and of course, copiers and printers. 

Kyocera even makes consumer cooking items from ceramics like pots, pans and many cutting devices like complete sets of knives. By the way, if you’re into cooking like I am, I highly recommend getting your hands on the ceramic knives by Kyocera—they are life-changing!

Kyocera Acquisitions and Partnerships

Over the years, Kyocera has acquired many different manufacturing companies like Yashica, KLH, Cybernet Electronics Corporation, Mita, AVX Corporation, Sanyo Mobile, and so much more. These acquisitions complemented and aligned with their core business processes and innovations and allowed them to enter new, uncharted markets. 

Speaking of, Kyocera entered the printer business in 2000 with the acquisition of Mita Industrial Company, later becoming Kyocera Document Solutions.


Kyocera Influence in North America

Today, Kyocera Group is a multinational manufacturer of ceramics, electronics, and office technology and employs nearly 77,000 team members worldwide. 

As a side note, we occasionally get questions about Kyocera not being an American-owned or operated organization. Like I just mentioned, it’s a multinational manufacturer with employees worldwide—including right here in the U.S.A. There actually isn’t such a thing as American-made products in regards to the top brands of copiers and printers. For example, Xerox products are made outside of the U.S. in Fiji. 

Kyocera's North American operations have contributed enormously to the company's overall success. They established their first North American sales company in 1969. It began as a two-person operation serving Silicon Valley's expanding semiconductor industry and other high-tech markets throughout the United States. 

Since then, their North American operations have extended to more than 4,000 employees engaged in the manufacture and sale of a broad range of state-of-the-art, high-technology products for consumers and businesses alike.


Kyocera Awards and Recognition

The exceptional performance of Kyocera's products has been highly praised by noted industry analysts and certification authorities globally. This is reflected in the numerous awards they’ve received, such as the BLI Award, Good Design Award, and if Design Award. You can learn more about them here. 

Kyocera continues developing reliable devices that promise high-quality, not only in performance but also in design and usability. This high level of evolution contributes to building office environments where users can efficiently manage their document workflows.


Kyocera Products: Are They Really That Good?

Like most top brands, Kyocera manufactures a broad range of laser and inkjet copiers and multifunction printers (MFPs), including copying, scanning, printing, and faxing. Overall, their products hold a reputation for being extremely reliable, easy-to-use, and capable of producing high-quality prints in large volumes.

Related Article: Copier or Multi-function Printer (MFP) — What's the Difference?

When it comes to operating costs, Kyocera products have a novel advantage over the rest. Because of their ceramics expertise, Kyocera manufactures its printing devices with ceramic drums, using less energy and heat. Not to mention, ceramic particles are added to the toner to clean the copier drums while they’re working. 

So what does this mean for you as the end-user? It means that Kyocera devices require less servicing and have lower operating costs than many other brands. I don’t know about you, but continuous reliability and cost-saving opportunities are a high priority on my list. 

While we’re on the subject, I want to mention one of Kyocera’s environmentally friendly product lines. The Kyocera ECOSYS line of printers is created to reduce environmental impact and minimize running costs. 

These products are built to use as few consumables as possible. Like I just stated, this means less maintenance, lower operating costs, and easier recycling of used components. Speaking of the environment, the organization is also recognized for its climate change initiatives

Kyocera Explained: Now What? 

Now that I’ve taken you through the journey of how Kyocera came to be and how their products and overall brand are recognized, it’s time to take a closer look at the features and benefits of their copiers and printers. 

Here are some additional resources for you to take a look at to help guide you on a thorough journey as you search for the best office copier or printer for your business:

  1. First read, Why Choose A Kyocera Printer or Copier? This article goes in-depth on key differentiators when purchasing or leasing a Kyocera office copier or printer.
  2. Then watch, Why Kyocera? This video gives you insight into why we partner with an organization like Kyocera and why we feel so strongly about their organization.  

You can also read more about cost-specifics and pricing associated with Kyocera devices; how Much Does a Kyocera Copier Cost? Price Comparison and Review

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We talked about a lot in this article, so we understand if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed or feel like you need more information. That’s what we’re here for! We are not just another dealer; we’re an office technology solutions team dedicated to giving you relevant information so you can make the best purchasing decisions for your organization. Make sure to reach out to us today to learn how our solutions support business growth and success. We’re here to give you peace of mind to help you win more business.

Marissa Olson

A true southerner from Atlanta, Georgia, Marissa has always had a strong passion for writing and storytelling. She moved out west in 2018 where she became an expert on all things business technology-related as the Content Producer at AIS. Coupled with her knowledge of SEO best practices, she's been integral in catapulting AIS to the digital forefront of the industry. In her free time, she enjoys sipping wine and hanging out with her rescue-dog, WIllow. Basically, she loves wine and dogs, but not whiny dogs.