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Kyocera’s fine ceramics to create synergies with SLD’s expertise in gallium nitride

GOLETA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CES2021–SLD Laser, a world leader in commercialization of gallium nitride (GaN) based laser light sources, has announced the completion of the acquisition by KYOCERA Corporation of 100% ownership of SLD Laser (formally named Soraa Laser Diode, Inc.). As a result, SLD Laser has now commenced operations as a Kyocera group company under the name KYOCERA SLD Laser, Inc. (KSLD).

KSLD will continue to pioneer the future of light by developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative laser-based products with high efficiency and luminance for mobility, specialty lighting, consumer, and industrial applications. Dr. James Raring, President and CEO of KSLD, stated, “We are pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of SLD by Kyocera. Leveraging our spirit of innovation and strength as a Kyocera group company, we are dedicated to the safe and successful application of laser-based innovations for high brightness illumination and displays. Together with Kyocera, we will continue the pursuit of our Beyond LightingTM vision to pioneer LaserLightTM products in applications such as precision sensing, high-speed LiFi communication, industrial processing, and biomedicine.”

Kyocera Corporation is committed to expanding and developing its business as well as contributing to the growth of various industries through creating new products and cultivating new markets. Together we aim to attain great synergies by integrating KSLD’s advanced GaN expertise with Kyocera’s production technologies and R&D capabilities in fine ceramic-related businesses.

For CES this year, KSLD will host live virtual meetings featuring its 2021 Prism Award nominated LaserLight products by appointment from its Silicon Valley light tunnel and showroom January 12 – 15, 2021. To schedule an appointment, please contact Kristen Hanna at [email protected].

About KYOCERA SLD Laser, Inc.

KYOCERA SLD Laser, Inc. (KSLD) is a wholly owned subsidiary and group company of KYOCERA Corporation, commercializing a new generation of gallium nitride based laser light sources for automotive, mobility, specialty lighting, and consumer applications. The company is ISO 9001 certified and automotive compliant to IATF 16949, and operates facilities in Santa Barbara, CA and in Fremont, CA. KSLD’s high luminance LaserLightTM sources are UL and IEC safety certified and are utilized in a myriad of applications including automotive & mobility, specialty & portable lighting, entertainment & outdoor, projection & AR/VR displays, biomedical instrumentation & therapeutics, and industrial imaging & material processing. The company was recently ranked 7th in Fortune magazine’s “2020 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & ProductionTM,” having promoted an employee-centric corporate culture since its founding. To learn more about KSLD, visit or contact the company at [email protected] or 1-866-753-5273.


Kyocera Corporation (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 and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, smart energy systems, printers, copiers, and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2020, the company’s consolidated sales revenue totaled 1.6 trillion yen (approx. US$14.7 billion). Kyocera is ranked #549 on Forbes magazine’s 2020 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.


Kristen Hanna

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