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One AVX Boulevard

Fountain Inn, SC 29644

United States

Phone: 864-967-2150

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AVX Corporation operates as a manufacturer, supplier, and reseller of a line of passive electronic components, interconnect devices, and related products worldwide. The company is a subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation of Japan (Kyocera). Segments The company’s segments include Passive Components, Kyocera Electronic Devices (KED Resale), and Interconnect. The Passive Components segment consists primarily of surface mount and leaded ceramic capacitors, RF thick and thin film components, surface mount and leaded tantalum capacitors, surface mount and leaded film capacitors, ceramic and film power capacitors, super capacitors, EMI filters (bolt in and surface mount), thick and thin film packages of multiple passive integrated components, varistors, thermistors, inductors, and resistive products manufactured by or for AVX. The KED Resale segment consists primarily of ceramic capacitors, frequency control devices, SAW devices, sensor products, RF modules, actuators, acoustic devices, and connectors produced by Kyocera and resold by the comany. The Interconnect segment consists primarily of AVX Interconnect automotive, telecom, and memory connectors manufactured by or for AVX. Products The company offers a line of passive components designed to provide its customers with one-stop shopping for all of their passive component needs. Passive components adjust and regulate voltage and current, store energy, and filter frequencies. Passive Components The company manufactures and resells a line of multi-layered ceramic and tantalum electrolytic capacitors in many different sizes and configurations. Tantalum and Ceramic components are commonly used in conjunction with integrated circuits and are suited for applications requiring low to medium capacitance values. The company also offers a line of advanced passive component products to fill the special needs of its customers. The company’s family of passive components also includes film capacitors, high energy/voltage power capacitors, and varistors. The company’s advanced product engineers work with some customers’ in-house technical staffs to design and manufacture customized products to meet the specifications of particular applications. The manufacture of custom products permits the company, through its research and development activities, to make technological advances, provide customers with design solutions to fit their needs, gain a marketing inroad with customers with respect to its complete product line, and, in some cases, develop products that could be sold to additional customers in the future. KED Resale The company has a non-exclusive license to distribute and sell certain Kyocera-manufactured electronic component and connector products to certain customers and in certain territories outside of Japan. The company’s distribution and sale of certain Kyocera products broadens its range of products and further facilitates its ability to offer one-stop shopping for its customers' electronic components needs. The Kyocera KDP and KCD electronic components the company sells include ceramic capacitors, RF modules, frequency control devices, SAW devices, sensor products, actuators, and acoustic devices. Resale product sales also include connectors manufactured by Kyocera. Interconnect The company manufactures and resells electronic connectors and interconnects systems for use in various industries. The company’s product lines include various industry-standard connectors, as well as products designed specifically for its customers' applications. An expanding portion of the electronics market for AVX Interconnect products is the automotive market, with applications throughout a vehicle, including engine control, transmission control, audio, brakes, and stability and safety control systems. The company produces fine pitch connectors used in portable devices, such as smart phones, other cell phones, notebook computers, tablets, GPS, and other hand held devices. In addition, the company offers specialty connectors designed to address customer specific applications across a range of products and end markets, including the expanding LED and LCD markets. Customers The company’s customers are multi-national original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), independent electronic component distributors, and electronic manufacturing service providers (EMSs). It markets its products through its own direct sales force and independent manufacturers' representatives, based upon market characteristics and demands. The company sells its products to customers in a range of industries, such as telecommunications, information technology hardware, automotive electronics, medical devices and instrumentation, industrial instrumentation, transportation, energy harvesting, defense and aerospace electronic systems, and consumer electronics. The company’s products are used various applications by various customers. It also has qualified products under various specifications approved and monitored by the United States Defense Electronic Supply Center (DSCC) and European Space Agency (ESA), and approved under certain foreign military specifications. Research, Development, and Engineering For the year ended March 31, 2016, the company’s research, development, and engineering expenditures were approximately $28 million. Competition The company’s major competitors for passive electronic components include Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.; TDK Corporation; Kemet Corporation; Yageo Corporation; Taiyo Yuden Co. Ltd.; Samsung Electronics; and Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Its major competitors for certain electronic interconnect products include TE Connectivity; Amphenol Corporation; Molex Incorporated; and Erni Electronics. Environmental Matters The company has been identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, state governmental agencies or other private parties as a potentially responsible party under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act or equivalent state or local laws for clean-up and response costs associated with certain sites at which remediation is required with respect to prior contamination. History AVX Corporation was founded in 1972.

 

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