A KYOCERA GROUP COMPANY
is the European subsidiary of the American
based AVX Corporation, which is the world‟s leading supplier of electronic
For more than forty years, AVX has been involved in the research,
development and manufacture of ceramic based components for the electronics
industry and is now one of the most successful components manufacturers in the
The AVX product portfolio to includes:
Tantalum capacitors, where it is now the largest supplier worldwide with
40% market share.
Specialized Military and Space products.
Supplying a complete spectrum of passive and interconnection products to
just about every major electronics company, AVX has a global turnover in excess
of US $ 1300M. As a respected part of the highly successful Kyocera Group of
Companies, AVX Limited has complete responsibility for the marketing of AVX;
Kyocera; Elco and Thompson brands throughout Europe.
Working intensely to establish an excellent reputation for providing high
quality products, AVX seeks to develop interactive relationships and regularly
consults with customers to help forge the link between R&D and the real world
market place. More formal partnerships also exist and move forward the
technology development process, the aim being to reduce the total procurement
costs to the benefit of all concerned.
AVX products are used in virtually every electronics based product
manufactured today. From computing through telecoms to the automotive and
aerospace industries, there is virtually no major manufacturer with whom we do
Greenville, South Carolina
AMERICAN SALES OFFICES
Myrtle Beach Ontario Texas Arizona
Washington Maine Minnesota Indiana
Fleet, Hampshire, England
EUROPEAN SALES OFFICES
Fleet Jerusalem Milan Munich Paris
ASIAN SALES OFFICES
Singapore Hong Kong Korea Taiwan
China Czech Republic
El Salvador Israel
Germany Japan Korea Malaysia
Mexico Northern Ireland
A BRIEF HISTORY
1922 Radiola Wireless Corporation was born in a tiny shop on 17th Street in New
1924 The founders of the Radiola Wireless Corporation sold the name “Radiola” to
a set manufacturer and coined the name “Aerovox” which means „voice of the
1948 Electrical Reactance started operations in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
1949 Aerovox acquires Electrical Reactance as a Ceramic Capacitor manufacturing
1961 Multi-Layer Ceramic (MLC) capacitor technology becomes established.
1972 AVX Corporation was incorporated on 24th April 1972 manufacturing Multi-
Layer Ceramic capacitors as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Aerovox
1976 AVX Limited formed to meet European market needs.
1977 El Salvador; San Salvador manufacturing facility starts production.
1978 AVX Limited opens its first European manufacturing facility in Coleraine,
1983 Juarez, Mexico manufacturing facility starts production.
1987 AVX expands its product line to include „Tantalum‟ and „Glass‟ capacitors by
acquiring the Tantalum operations of STC, and the Glass capacitor operations
of the Corning Glass Works.
1990 AVX Corporation merges with the “Kyocera Corporation”, a Japanese
conglomerate manufacturer of a wide range of high technology products
including ceramic cutting tools, thermal print heads, heating elements,
resistors and solar cells, amongst many others.
1996 AVX Limited announces a £46 million investment to expand production at its
Coleraine facility. This provided a materials development suite and a suite of
clean-room facilities using latest clean-room technology.
1997 Another European manufacturing facility opens in Uherske Hradiste in the
Czech Republic as a satellite division of the Coleraine facility. Concentrating
on the „Testing‟ and „Packing‟ operations previously based in Coleraine this
development reduced the overall manufacturing costs and enables the
Coleraine facility to concentrate on the fabrication processes and development
of new more added value products.
For many years AVX has provided the backbone of technological support for
the burgeoning telecoms market. As technologies moved from analogue to
digital our fast developing expertise in passive components has helped
provide reliable and cost effective telecommunications to both business
and the family. Sophisticated mobile telephony, fast and secure PABX‟s
and a myriad of networking products are all now well within reach. From the newest
satellite telephones to the most complex telephone exchanges, the reliability of
AVX‟s components help to ensure direct, immediate communication – guaranteed!!
Computing serves the needs of many in the world today. Entire ICT
strategies rely upon the thousands of capacitors, resistors, fuses,
timing devices and connectors that contribute to the reliable
operation of the modern PC. The Company accounts running
solely on computer, the business executive on the move, a teaching aid in
the classroom or at home, all of our lives in one way or another are enhanced by
Almost everything we buy is reliant upon automotive
transport – for the transport of fresh food from farm to
market; business people to meetings; expectant mothers to
hospital. The modern engine must be economical and environmentally
friendly – only possible through superb digital electronics and reliable components.
Nobody wants an accident to happen, but if it does happen, safety devices such as the
airbag and anti-lock brake systems (ABS) save lives. Microelectronics waiting to
function – The accident happens – The electronics function. – The life is saved.
AEROSPACE & DEFENCE
With some of the highest specifications of all markets,
the Aerospace & Defence industries provide some of the
greatest challenges for AVX. Mission critical equipment subjected to extremely
high speed, incredible acceleration, severe vibration and extreme temperatures – the
cost of component failure is almost incalculable. Satellites and space travel are no
longer futuristic concepts, but in the big money world of today‟s launches there is no
room for failure. „Ariane‟ uses 1,000‟s of advanced capacitors from AVX – each one
critical in its operation.
Involvement in almost every part of the Medical; Industrial
instrumentation and Consumer market place is assured by
AVX‟s superb reputation with components in everything
from televisions and camcorders; processing equipment and
scientific instrumentation to hand-held games consoles. Helping improve the quality
of life through miniaturisation and reliability enhancement, AVX components are
found in the enormous range of micro-health appliances that can be used to benefit
life in just about any environment. Unobtrusive hearing aids and heart monitoring
devices demonstrate supreme reliability in diverse medical applications where many
of us take the idea of supreme electronic component reliability for granted.
MIS Organisation in AVX
Worldwide 100 people
Coleraine 18 people 12 Development 6 Operations & Tech Support
Currently there are two major sales and logistics data centres, Greenville, S.C. serving
the Americas and Coleraine N.I. servicing Europe and Asia
In Coleraine all critical business applications run on IBM I-Series (aka AS400) or
Windows Servers. These include:-
I-series based manufacturing application servicing both the MLC and Elco divisions
of the company based in both Coleraine and the Czech Rep
Core Sales Order Processing and Logistics application running on an IBM i-series
Lotus Notes based CRM module.
Windows Server based XML, RosettaNet and EDI Server (WebMethods).
I-Series based Corporate Extranet Site for Customers, Distributors and Agents.
WiFi enabled warehouse-tracking system.
Windows Server based data warehouse and analysis database
This platform is now being developed as a unified Sales Order Processing and
Logistics application supporting all of Europe and Asia. Ultimately the goal is to
expand it to be a global application supporting all of AVX worldwide
This system will deliver 24 x 7 operation, to AVX Sales Groups (both internal and
external) and shipping functions throughout the entire AVX worldwide operation.
The GSOP platform will be a multi-language, multi-currency, multi-country, multi-
time zone application supporting AVX‟s interface with its global customer base of
blue-chip electronic companies.
These companies are at the leading edge of factory management and logistic
techniques and expect world-class response, flexibility and reliability from their