Who are Konica Minolta?
Konica Minolta, are a technology company headquartered in Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. They have offices in more than 40 countries around the globe.
Konica Minolta builds business and industrial imaging products,. These products include: laser printers, multi-functional printers and production print systems.
The company also makes optical devices like lenses and LCD film. And they make medical and graphic imaging products, like X-ray machines and X-ray film. Konica Minolta also used to make cameras.
How long have they been around?
Konica Minolta formed after a merger between imaging firms Konica and Minolta. They announced the merger on January 7, 2003. The corporate structure completed the re-organization nine months later, in October 2003.
But I thought Minolta and Konica were camera companies?
Konica AND Minolta were both involved in the manufacture of cameras. Konica Minolta inherited these parts of the business from them. Konica Minolta sold the camera business in 2006 to Sony - due to high losses.
The next year, Konica Minolta Business Solutions and Konica Minolta Printing Solutions started discussions around integrating the organisations. They did this to increase the efficiency of the different parts of the business, strengthen their brand and to enable increased sharing of tech between product lines.
Kanji Wada, Managing Director of Konica Minolta Printing Solutions Europe BV (KMPS) said, “I do believe that combined with planned expansion of product portfolio, the merger will provide us with an excellent opportunity of substantially growing Printer/AIO business and its market presence to truly become one of the leading printer vendors in Europe. We will be also able to manage and optimize our sales channels from both MFP & printer point of view, and create better channel satisfaction as well as customer satisfaction as a consequence.”