Kyocera started life in 1959 as the Kyoto Ceramic Co specialising in fine ceramics. The company originally manufactured ceramic insulators used in televisions. Kyocera developed a range of ceramic semiconductor in the 1960’s that remain a core product today. The company expanded into solar, computers and mobile phones as well as creating a document solution division.
Kyocera printers gained popularity due to extremely efficient running costs. In 2000 Kyocera acquired Mita, a photocopier manufacturer. They changed their name to Kyocera Mita Corporation and marketed a new range of MFP digital photocopy machines. The Mita name was eventually dropped and the company became Kyocera Document Solutions. In In 2010 the company was acquired Triumph-Adler the parent company of Utax.