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KEMET Honors FY12 Patent Recipients and Co-Inventors of the Year

July 23, 2012

GREENVILLE, S.C., July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM), a leading manufacturer of tantalum, ceramic, aluminum, film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, today announced it was granted ten United States patents in fiscal year 2012. KEMET honored patent recipients, as well as others who participated in the patent process, during its annual Patent Awards Luncheon on June 21, 2012. Plaques representing the ten new patents joined those already on display on the Patent Wall at KEMET’s U.S. Innovation Center in Simpsonville, South Carolina. KEMET employees currently hold 96 active U.S. patents.

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Also honored at the Patents Awards Luncheon were John McConnell and Dr. John Bultitude from the Ceramic Business Group, who were named Co-Inventors of the Year. This award is presented annually to inventors in recognition of their significant record of invention and innovation. Both McConnell and Bultitude continue to make contributions to new and innovative ideas in Ceramic Specialty Products, which is key to overall growth in Ceramic Business Group revenue. A poster in honor of both McConnell and Bultitude hangs near the Patent Wall.

“It is my pleasure to officially recognize these scientists who have developed some of the most innovative ideas and cutting-edge products in the industry,” said Dr. Philip Lessner, KEMET’s Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist. “Our unyielding focus remains in distinguishing ourselves as the industry leader in technology and innovation, positioning KEMET as the premier provider of capacitance solutions,” continued Lessner.

US Patents Granted During Fiscal Year 2012:

US Patent 7,923,395
COG MULTI-LAYERED CERAMIC CAPACITOR
Mike Randall, Corey Antoniades, Daniel Barber, Xilin Xu, James Beeson, Pascal Pinceloup, Abhijit Gurav, Tom Poole, Aziz Tajuddin, Ian Burn

US Patent 7,929,274
CAPACITOR WITH SACRIFICIAL LEAD WIRE CONFIGURATION AND IMPROVED MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF
Erik Reed, Dave Jacobs, Randy Hahn

US Patent 7,958,627
METHOD OF ATTACHING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE TO AN MLCC HAVING A CURVED SURFACE
Mike Randall, Chris Wayne, John McConnell

US Patent 7,969,711
MULTIPLE ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS: COMBINATION CAPACITOR AND ZENER DIODE
John Prymak, Jayson Young

US Patent 7,990,683
HIGH VOLTAGE SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS USING CONDUCTIVE POLYMER SLURRIES
Jake Qiu, Randy Hahn, Keith Brenneman

US Patent 8,036,740
WET-TANTALUM REFORMATION METHOD AND APPARATUS
John Norton, Tony Kinard, Brian Melody

US Patent 8,057,883
ABRASIVE PROCESS FOR MODIFYING CORNERS, EDGES AND SURFACES OF CAPACITOR ANODE BODIES
Jeff Poltorak, Chris Guerrero, Jake Qiu, Lance Thornton

US Patent 8,062,385
SOLID ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITOR WITH IMPROVED VOLUMETRIC EFFICIENCY METHOD OF MAKING
Antony Chacko

US Patent 8,111,524
ELECTRONIC PASSIVE DEVICE
Mike Randall, Garry Renner, John Prymak, Aziz Tajuddin

US Patent 8,125,766
CONCENTRATED CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY
John Prymak, Peter Blais, George Haddox, Mike Prevallet, Jim Piller, Chris Stolarski, Chris Wayne

About KEMET

KEMET’s common stock is listed on the NYSE under the symbol “KEM.” At the Investor Relations section of our web site at http://ir.kemet.com/, users may subscribe to KEMET news releases and find additional information about our Company. KEMET applies world class service and quality to deliver industry leading, high performance capacitance solutions to its customers around the world and offers the world’s most complete line of surface mount and through-hole capacitor technologies across tantalum, ceramic, film, aluminum, electrolytic, and paper dielectrics. Additional information about KEMET can be found at http://www.kemet.com.

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Contact: Dean W. Dimke
Senior Director, Marketing Communications and Investor Relations
deandimke@KEMET.com
954.766.2806

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