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KYOCERA's "Kyoto Opal" Utilized in Decorative Design of Protective Film Screen Covers for iPhone 5s/5c/5

  KYOCERA's "Kyoto Opal" Utilized in Decorative Design of Protective Film
  Screen Covers for iPhone 5s/5c/5

  Marking its 5^th anniversary, the synthetic material enriches a variety of
 items from Japanese gift items to musical instruments, hair cutting scissors
                                and necklaces

Business Wire

KYOTO, Japan -- December 3, 2013

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced that the company’s unique
“Kyoto Opal” material is being utilized in protective film screen covers for
the iPhone 5s/5c/5. The covers, featuring sparkling characteristics similar to
natural opal, recently went on sale in Tokyo and will also be available in the
U.S. through the maker’s Web site starting December 5 (Power Support

Film covers for iPhone 5s/5c/5 utilizing Kyoto Opal with the display turned
off (top) and on (bottom ...

Film covers for iPhone 5s/5c/5 utilizing Kyoto Opal with the display turned
off (top) and on (bottom) (Photo: Business Wire)

The film cover is made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin with thinly
sliced Kyoto Opal mixed in for decorative properties. The extremely fine grain
structure of the Kyoto Opal makes it so that when the display is on, the opal
material has a very transparent quality and does not interfere with the screen
display or operations. When the screen is off, the opal material shines
brilliantly in different colors depending on the angle it is viewed from.
Because this characteristic makes it difficult to see the screen from side
angles, the cover film can also help ensure user privacy from nearby

This year marks the 5^th anniversary of “Kyoto Opal,” which is being used in
an ever-widening range of products: from traditional Japanese souvenir items
to flutes, high-end ukuleles, professional hair cutting scissors, magnetic
necklaces which are designed to improve blood circulation, and even in

The wide use of Kyoto Opal stems from its unique aesthetic features. Utilizing
special staining techniques, Kyocera has been able to realize a variety of
rich and subtle hues and tints, which cannot be duplicated with molded
resin-based opal products. Furthermore, by surmounting the inherently brittle
characteristics of naturally occurring opals, which tend to split and crack,
it is possible to cut the material into diverse shapes and sizes.

“iPhone” is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other

For more information and photos of Kyoto Opal applications, please visit:


Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (, the
parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a
producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining
these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other
technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial ceramics,
solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers,
copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages and cutting tools.
During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company’s net sales totaled 1.28
trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion). The company is ranked #492 on Forbes
magazine’s 2013 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded
companies and in 2013 was ranked by Ceramic Industry magazine as the world’s
No.1 manufacturer of advanced ceramics.

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KYOCERA Corporation (Japan)
Hina Morioka, +81-(0)75-604-3416
Corporate Communications
Fax: +81-(0)75-604-3516
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