The KEMET Story
By Per Loof, October 20, 2014
I’ve always liked to think that the KEMET story is about “possibilities.”
We started making capacitors in 1958 and have grown to become a global leader in the manufacture of electronic components. Today, we have facilities around the world and thousands of dedicated employees – the best and brightest in their fields. The electronic components we produce help make a wide variety of products possible, in the world’s most rapidly-expanding industries. Our products are in airplanes, computers, smartphones, oil and gas equipment, cars, medical equipment... as we like to say, in the sky, in your hand, on the ground, under the ground, in the air, in the cloud, and in our bodies.
Just in the past year alone, our customers bought 36 billion KEMET components, choosing from more than four million separate part types. A number of the solutions were possible thanks to our research and custom engineering programs, and have helped our customers make new electronic products possible.
So, how did we get from 1958 to where we are today? I think it’s actually kind of simple. As a company and as individuals, we’re committed to an unparalleled customer experience. It’s part of our culture.
I think of it as our “secret sauce” – delivering products on time, anywhere in the world; being “easy to buy from;” and pricing our products in a way that’s fair to both our customers and our shareholders.
It’s also possible to succeed while being economically, environmentally and socially responsible. Our manufacturing facilities, for example, have been commended with a number of environmental excellence awards and recognitions. We’ve also taken the lead by developing our industry’s first and most comprehensive closed-loop, conflict-free supply chain for tantalum, and established a unique social program to improve the standard of living for tantalum miners and their families.
All of this is a lot for any company, in any industry, to achieve; however, it is always possible. And I don’t believe any company is more dedicated to making what’s possible into a reality than KEMET.