Konica Minolta is a leader in the Information technology business. Founded in 1863, their technology can be found in planetariums as well as offices around the world. Their business units include: Business technologies such as printers and copiers up to, and including, production level equipment, a health care division offering x-ray, ultra sound, and other medical technology, an industrial optical division which produces various lenses and meters, and a performance materials division which produces films and photo plates. Below is a detailed chart showing key points in their corporate history.
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|Rokusaburo Sugiura begins selling photographic and lithographic materials at Konishiya Rokubeiten (the beginnings of Konica Corporation)
|The Cherry Hand Camera, Japan’s first brand name camera, is marketed
|Kazuo Tashima establishes Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shoten (Japan-Germany Camera Company, later known as Minolta Co., Ltd.)
|The internally developed and produced X-ray film, Sakura X-ray Film is released
|The first Japanese-made color film, Sakura Natural Color Film, is announced
|The company’s first planetarium unit is completed
|The company’s first copier, Minolta Copymaster, is completed
|The world’s first 35mm camera with built-in flash, Konica C35EF, is launched
|The world’s first finger-measurement type pulse oximeter, OXIMET MET-1471, is launched
|The world’s first 35mm compact autofocus camera, Konica C35AF, is launched
|The world’s first copier with stepless zoom magnification/reduction function, EP450Z, is launched
|Ultra-high-precision aspheric plastic lens for CD players is developed
|Minolta 7000, SLR camera with an autofocus function, is launched
|Simple color-proofing system, Konsensus, is launched
|Laser Imager Li-10, medical digital imaging output system, is launched
|SP101, monochrome laser printer, is launched
|CF70, digital full-color copier, is launched
|Fully launched business for TAC films for LCD polarizers
|Konica Minolta Supplies Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is established as a joint venture for the production of polymerized toner
|A holding company, Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. is established by integrating the management of Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd.
|Konica Minolta opens its own planetarium, Sunshine Starlight Dome “Manten”
|Nassenger V, next-generation inkjet textile printer, is launched
|The world’s first phase contrast mammography unit is launched
|Konica Minolta withdraws from the photo and camera business
|Digital Imaging Square, the first presentation space oriented toward the production print market, is opened
|bizhub PRESS C8000, digital printing system, is launched
|AeroDR, cassette-type digital radiography system, is launched
|The world’s first Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) lighting panels using only phosphorescent materials are released
|Konica Minolta Planetarium “Tenku” is opened at the TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN®
|The group management system is reorganized and the company name changed to Konica Minolta, Inc.
|Konica Minolta and Panasonic Healthcare sign an agreement on transfer of ultrasound diagnostic equipment business
Konica Minolta’s 2017 consolidated sales statement shows their strength in the market.
|Revenue (millions of Yen)
|Profit before tax
|Fiscal Year ended Mar 2017