Insulectro Exclusive North American Distributor for Kyocera SGS Precision Tools


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Insulectro, the largest distributor of materials for use in the manufacture of printed circuit boards and printed electronics, welcomes Kyocera SGS Precision Tools to its family of world-class manufacturers.

“I am pleased to announce that Insulectro will soon become the exclusive North American distributor of drills, routers, endmills, and other cutting tools manufactured by Kyocera,” announced Michelle Walsh, Insulectro Vice President of Product Management, “Kyocera has long been a dominant player in this market segment and their offerings strengthen our already robust array of materials used throughout the PCB industry.”

Insulectro CEO and President Patrick Redfern commented, “The addition of Kyocera precision cutting tools to our lineup is a very strategic move to complete our drill room offering. It’s a perfect complement to the American-made backup and entry materials manufactured by LCOA®. Our companies realize so many of the challenges our customers encounter can be traced back to drilling. I’m also pleased both Kyocera and Insulectro share the strategic vision of supporting the critical North American PCB market.”

Kyocera SGS designs and manufactures tight tolerance precision carbide cutting tools for PCB applications. Products include drills, routers, end mills, and specialized cutting tools ranging from 0.05mm to 6.70mm diameters (0.0020" - 0.2638").

Kyocera’s renowned array of drills, routers, endmills, and specialty tools offer many benefits and advantages to customers for all their drilling and routing needs. Kyocera’s tool reliability and design flexibility are key strengths of their products, along with a complete R&D facility in the US, new tool manufacturing capability, and local technical resources, all available to support customer needs.

Repointing will be a new service offered by Insulectro through Kyocera. The company has recently invested in automated, state-of-the-art equipment and all repointing will be done in Southern California.

Tasked with overseeing the sales of these tools is Insulectro Drill Room Product Manager Geraldine Arseneau. Arseneau joined Insulectro several years ago after a lengthy career with Kyocera. “I am thrilled to again be working with my former employer and welcoming them to Insulectro. Kyocera is known throughout the industry for manufacturing highly reliable cutting tools. We can’t wait until August 1, 2022, when the products will be ready to go at Insulectro. Plus, our Technical Account Managers and Field Application Engineers are undergoing training to ensure product familiarity,” exclaimed Arseneau.

“We look forward to the transition of existing Kyocera customers to the Insulectro family, and to presenting Kyocera cutting tools to our existing customers,” she concluded.

Tom Haag, President of Kyocera SGS, looks forward to contract as well, “Kyocera is very pleased to establish our new relationship with such a premier distribution channel as Insulectro.  This will accomplish a national distribution network for our PCB products as well as a collaboration in customer service and engineering to meet our objective to improve our products and services to the electronics industry.  The proven track record of Insulectro has our Kyocera team invigorated for future growth together.”

Kyocera’s Joe Negron, Sales Manager, voiced his enthusiasm, “I am very excited and look forward to working with Insulectro as Kyocera’s exclusive North American Distributor for our PCB Cutting Tool Product lines. I am confident the combined strengths of Kyocera and Insulectro will bring high value to our PCB manufacturers.

“The combination of Kyocera’s well engineered cutting tools and Insulectro’s extensive distribution and support channels will bring an unmatched ability to deliver value to drill rooms everywhere. The most exciting aspect of having Insulectro distribute, sell, and support our products is that we can increase and further concentrate on developing new cutting tool drills, routers, end mills, and special applications for advanced circuitry.”

Redfern added, “Insulectro continues to grow and expand as most recently demonstrated by our acquisition of ECEMS and its teammates who were already supporting Kyocera products. Kyocera coming on board is a significant advance for Insulectro’s dominance in the industry - another step forward to enable our customers build better circuits, faster.”

Insulectro supplies advanced engineered materials manufactured by Isola, DuPont®, LCOA®, CAC, Inc., Pacothane, Focus Tech, JX Nippon, TADCO, EMD Electronics (Ormet®), Shikoku, Denkai America, Industrial Brush Corporation, Kyocera SGS Precision Tools, InduBond®, and Shur-loc. These products are used by its customers to fabricate complex, multilayer circuit boards and to manufacture printed electronics components. Insulectro serves a broad customer base manufacturing rigid, rigid/flex, and flexible circuit boards for applications in a variety of end markets including aeronautics, telecom, data communications, high speed computing, mobile devices, military, and medical. Insulectro combines its premier product offering with local inventory across North America, fabrication capabilities and backed up by expert customer and technical support services.

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