KYOCERA reflects on integral philosophy of founder Dr Kazuo Inamori to respect the divine, love people

Johannesburg, 15 Nov 2018
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For KYOCERA Document Solutions, one of the world's leading document solutions companies, the philosophy of its founder, Dr Kazuo Inamori, is an integral element of every aspect of the business. On World Philosophy Day, the organisation reflects on the importance of such a fundamental pillar in everyday life within the company.

For KYOCERA Document Solutions, the philosophy has always played a fundamental role in the organisation and management of the business. The belief is that all decisions should be made by considering the fundamental question of: "What is the right thing to do as a human being?"

Dr Inamori is convinced the only way to a prosperous future for the human race and our planet is to follow the principle of coexistence. This indicates that all living things depend on each other for survival, and inspired the corporate motto: "Respect the divine and love people."

Management within KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa is therefore focused on collaboration and respect in all senses, including taking care of the environment. The latter is reflected in KYOCERA's numerous environmental activities, and is also recognised by the market-leading ECOSYS range as well as the ISO 14001:2015 certification for environmental standards awarded earlier this year.

"We are proud to follow our corporate beliefs in everything we do here at KYOCERA Document Solutions Europe, following on from the foundations first laid down by Dr Inamori almost 60 years ago," underscores company President, Takuya Marubayashi.

From management to everyday tasks, we always ensure we are following the concept of coexistence, contributing to a happy and prosperous future for humankind. In honour of World Philosophy Day, we would like to share our vision with everyone, a vision that all humans can grow together by helping and respecting each other.

The KYOCERA philosophy is a life philosophy that derives from experience and overcoming challenges. Dr Inamori's principles for life and work were influenced by his own struggles as a young entrepreneur. Now, the aim is to encourage employees to follow the KYOCERA ideology as "it will make them happy and help the business as a whole".

"As we set our targets for the new year, I will always remind myself of the philosophy to aim high: those who aim high will reap great success. When one sets a high target, all energy can be concentrated on it. That is the key to all success," adds Werner Engelbrecht, GM of KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa.

World Philosophy Day, introduced by UNESCO in 2002, is celebrated through events and discussions around the globe to raise awareness of the importance of philosophy and renew people's commitment to this field. The goal is to foster philosophical analysis and research on contemporary problems, making it possible to face challenges more effectively, as KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa employees do on a daily basis.

More information about the KYOCERA philosophy and Dr Kazou Inamori can be found here:

KYOCERA Document Solutions South Africa

Headquartered in Midrand, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa is a country level subsidiary of Kyocera Document Solutions and is responsible for the sales and marketing of Kyocera printers and document solutions throughout southern Africa.

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa is renowned for its tailor-made document solutions that provide a perfect blend of premium products, software solutions and professional services that increase an organisation's workflow efficiency, enhance employee productivity, minimise environmental impact and significantly reduce operating costs.

The company offers world-class monochrome and colour printers, multifunctional products, parts and supplies, as well as software solutions.

A key differentiator for the Kyocera brand is the primary focus on overall value as opposed to only considering the initial acquisition price. Its solutions portfolio and Managed Document Services division help customers to reduce costs and environmental impact, at the same time as improving the efficiency and reliability of common business processes.

Kyocera Document Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation, which is a leading manufacturer of hi-tech ceramics, electronic components, solar cells and electronic office equipment.

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KYOCERA Document Solutions

KYOCERA Document Solutions, headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is a leading manufacturer of document imaging solutions and document management systems, including colour and monochrome multifunctional products as well as printers and wide-format devices. KYOCERA's products are renowned for their unique long-life imaging components that provide greater reliability and less waste, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over the life of the product. The KYOCERA Document Solutions portfolio does not stop at hardware. A full suite of business applications and consultative services allow customers to optimise and manage their document workflow, unleashing the full potential of their hardware investment.

KYOCERA Document Solutions is a core company of KYOCERA Corporation, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced ceramics and associated products, including telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages and electronic components. During the year ended 31 March 2018, KYOCERA Corporation's net sales totalled 1 557 039 million yen (approximately EUR 12 billion). For more information and press-ready photos, visit

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