Nichicon Corporation (ニチコン株式会社, Nichikon Kabushiki-gaisha) is a manufacturer of capacitors of various types, and is one of the largest manufacturers of capacitors in the world, headquartered in Karasuma Oike, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. In 1950, it separated from the Nii Works Co., established itself as Kansai-Nii Works and completed its first factory by 1956. In 1961, it adopted the Nichicon name and has been using it, or a variant thereof, ever since.
|Founded||(August 1, 1950)|
|Headquarters||Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0845, Japan|
(Chairman and CEO)
(President and COO)
|Revenue||JPY 107.2 billion (FY 2014) (US$ 893.3 million) (FY 2014)|
|JPY 2.25 billion (FY 2014) (US$ 18.7 million) (FY 2014)|
Number of employees
|5,792 (consolidated, as of March 31, 2014)|
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In 2011 and 2012 Nichicon spun off several major factories into independent subsidiaries, and established representative branches in foreign countries, thus realigning its corporate infrastructure.
From 2001 to 2004, Nichicon produced defective capacitors ("HM" and "HN" series) that were used by major computer manufacturers, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Apple. No explanation has been given for the production runs of defective capacitors, but some sources claimed that these capacitors were either overfilled with electrolyte, or were constructed using electrolyte that was prone to leaking, causing premature failure in any equipment using them. This issue was not related to the Taiwanese capacitor plague.