Company History

Konica Minolta had its beginnings in the 19th century - and ever since, has been synonymous with quality, innovation and leadership.

The company we know today as Konica Minolta started as two separate businesses - Konica and Minolta - which merged in 2003.

Konica

In 1873, a Japanese man named Rokusaburo Sugiura began selling photographic materials at his Tokyo apothecary - Konica. By the beginning of the 20th century, the company had developed its first camera and a range of quality photographic products. In 1971, Konica released Japan’s first plain paper photocopier, developing a dominant position in high speed, high quality document management systems and imaging products.

Minolta

Minolta was founded in 1928 to manufacture cameras and then to pioneer related technologies. This included a latent image transfer system, the world’s first magnification and reduction photocopier, and the world’s first photocopier to produce two-colour images in a single pass. Minolta went on to achieve a strong global presence as a pioneer in the field of high quality imaging technology.

Konica Minolta

In 2003, both companies came together - and became a technology force to be reckoned with.
The early, pioneering spirit in both companies lives on today - and is reflected by our research and development division, which continually reaches into new areas of knowledge.

Today, Konica Minolta is expert in 12 core technologies – including materials, optics, nano-fabrication and imaging. It is this passion for excellence in new technologies that ensures we continue to be a world-leader in research.

Company history timeline

Expansion into Digital and Network Technology (2000- present)

2019

  • Konica Minolta Australia named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by Workplace Gender Equality Agency for the third consecutive year.
  • Konica Minolta Listed among 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

2018

  • Konica Minolta Australia receives Human Rights Award for Business from the Human Rights Commission
  • Konica Minolta partners with Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) in Australia.

2017

  • AccurioJet KM-1 officially launched in Australia at PacPrint
  • Konica Minolta receives Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award
  • Konica Minolta named industry group Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

2016

  • Konica Minolta Australia signs CEO Statement of Support for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • Recognised as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change. 

2015

  • Konica Minolta Australia enters 3D printing through a partnership with 3D Systems
  • Konica Minolta Australia acquires two leading IT Services firms, Stonebridge Systems and Knowledge Partners
  • Awarded first place for environmental activities in Japanese Nikkei Environmental Management Survey
  • Achieves international recognition among the world’s best companies for corporate social responsibility from RobecoSAM, Oekom Research AG and FTSE4Group

2014

  • WeOptimise Cloud Platform launched in Australia.
  • First Business Innovation Centre (BIC) established in Singapore.
  • Named leader in Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services and Content Services.
  • Inclusion into the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
  • Recognised as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change. 

2012

  • Release of a new range of colour MFPs featuring  a colour touch panel display.
  • KM-1 previewed at Drupa, the Company's first high-speed inkjet press processing formats up to B2 at 1,650 sph.

2011

  • Release of the world's first Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) lighting panels.

2010

  •  Launch of the bizhub PRESS C8000, a flagship colour digital production printing system with a printing speed of 80 ppm.

2009

  • Konica Minolta Australia moves to a prestigious new Head Quarters in Sydney's Macquarie Park, named Konica Minolta House.

2007

  • Withdrawal from the photo and camera business.
  • Release of the bizhub C550, an advanced colour MFP with network features and a sleek new black and white design.

2006

 
  • 2006   Release of the high-speed digital colour production system, the bizhub PRO C6500. 
  • CBS SwingVision, a high speed motion-analysis system sponsored by Konica Minolta, is awarded a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Innovative Technical Achievement.

2005

  • Released the world's first mammography system to use phase contrast technology.

2004

  • Introduction of the first bizhub multifunctional printer (MFP), bringing fast document printing, copying and scanning to the hub of any business.
  • The Company's own planetarium, the Sunshine Starlight Dome "Manten" is opened in Tokyo. 
  • Release of the next-generation textile inkjet printer, the Nassenger V.
  • Release of the bizhub PRO 1050, a high-performance, on-demand printing machine to meet light production needs.

2003

  • Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd are merged to form Konica Minolta Holdings Inc., bringing together the leading technologies and innovations of both companies.

2002

  • Release of Simitri toner, the world's first polymerised toner using biomass technology to reduce environmental impact.
 

Expansion into Imaging (1975 - 1999)

1996

  •  Introduction of the world's first multifunction machine.

1994

  • Minolta Co., Ltd established in Australia.

1991

  • Introduction of the world's first three-colour combination copier and fax.

1990

  • Release of the CF70, a digital full-colour copier featuring breakthrough LIMOS technology for superior image quality.

1987

  • Konica Corporation established in Australia.

1985

  • Release of the world's first autofocus 35mm SLR camera, the 7000.

1987

  • Development of an ultra-high precision aspheric plastic lens for CD players. 

1983

  • Release of the world's first copier with zoom magnification function, the EP450Z.

1975

  •   Introduction of the world's first 35mm compact autofocus camera, the C35AF.

1975

  • Production of the world's first copier with latent image transfer.

1971

  • Release of U-Bix480, a high-performance photostatic plain paper copier

1962

  •  A specially modified Minolta camera is carried aboard the spacecraft Friendship 7.
  • In the following decades, Minolta technology is adopted for both Apollo lunar missions and
  • Mir space station missions.

1960

  • Minolta Copymaster, the Company's first copier, is released.

1957

  • The Company's first Planetarium unit is established.
 

Contribution to the Development of Photography (1873 - 1956)

1940

  • Introduction of Sakura Natural Colour Film, the first colour film made in Japan.

1928

  • Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shoten (Japan-Germany Photo Company), later Minolta, is established and begins production of cameras in Japan.

1903

  • The "Cherry Hand Camera" is released to the market, Japan's first brand name camera.

1873

  • Konica starts business as Rokusaburo Sugiura begins selling photographic & lithographic materials in Tokyo.

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