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Kyocera Merges Wireless Subsidiary With Former Sanyo Unit

Kyocera International Inc., the North American headquarters of Kyoto-based Kyocera Group that’s based in San Diego, said it has combined two of its wholly owned subsidiaries.

In an announcement March 31, the company said it merged Kyocera Wireless Corp. with its Kyocera Communications Inc. subsidiary. The company said the KCI subsidiary was formed last year following the acquisition of the wireless handset business of Sanyo Electric Co. in 2008.

The merged entity, called Kyocera Communications, will continue to conduct sales, marketing and service of cell phones made by Kyocera Corp. It will also provide engineering and operations support services to Kyocera Corp.’s communications equipment division.

Eiichi Toriyama continues as president of KCI. Rodney Lanthorne, current president of KWC and Kyocera International, becomes vice chairman of KII’s board of directors. Lanthorne also remains as director and member of the executive committee of Kyocera Corp., the company said.

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For the fiscal year ended March 31, Kyocera Corp.’s net sales totaled $11.5 billion.

— Mike Allen

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