AVX Corp signs with Nichicon Corp to $86 million purchase of its tantalum component division


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Enhancing passive electronic component leadership and Asian expansion

John Gilbertson, AVX's CEO and President

AVX Corporation reports that it has signed an agreement with Nichicon Corporation to purchase its Tantalum component division for approximately $86 million. The all-cash purchase comprises Nichicon's tantalum component manufacturing subsidiaries located in Shiga, Japan and Tianjin, China. The annual component sales of the division approximate $75 million. John Gilbertson, AVX's CEO and President, said "The purchase of the tantalum component operations of Nichicon enhances our leadership position in the passive electronic component industry and provides further opportunities for expansion in the Asian region and tantalum component manufacturing efficiencies." The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory filings as may be required. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the calendar year or as soon thereafter as may be possible subject to regulatory approvals. AVX Corporation Nichicon Corporation