Kyocera was founded as the Kyoto Ceramic Company in Japan in late 1959 as a company that specialized in fine ceramics. Their original product was a ceramic insulator known as a kelcima for use in television picture tubes, and as of today they are still producing ceramic semiconductors as their main product. During the 1970's Kyocera was a diverse company producing many high quality components for the electrical and computer industry including lab grown gemstones and consumer ceramics. In 1982 Kyocera merged with communications company Cybernet Electronics Corporation and shortly after produced one of the first battery powered laptop computers called the Tandy Model 100. During the 80's Kyocera continued to acquire optical, audio and electronic companies and by the 90's they were making photovoltaic solar energy panels which led them to the solar power industry. In 2000 they acquired photocopier manufacturer Mita Industrial Company, in 2008 they merged with Sanyo and in 2010 acquired part of Sony's Mobile Display Corporation. The result of these mergers and acquisitions were a company called Kyocera Mita and today they produce a range of satellite and mobile phones, advanced ceramics, solar cells, printers and multi function devices.