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Konica Minolta, Inc. operates a holding company with interests in printing equipment manufacturing and distribution, the manufacture and sale of office equipment, imaging systems, optical devices, and measuring instruments. It operates through the following business domains: Offices, Production Printing, Performance Materials Business, Optics and Sensing Business, Sensing, Healthcare Business, Industrial Inkjet Business and Planetarium Business. The Offices domain is in charge of the global deployment of office equipment, centering on multi-functional peripherals and laser printers. The Production Printing domain applies resources in the form of their own digital printing technology, broad product line and global support system. The Performance Materials domain presents business by TAC film for LCD polarizers, barrier film, and functional film for windows, high-precision photo plates and organic light emitting diode lighting. The Optics and Sensing Business includes high value-added pickup lenses for optical disks and glass substrates for HDDs. The Sensing domain utilizes advanced light-measuring technologies to provide customers with products for precise measurements. The Healthcare Business serves the healthcare field with products that use digital imaging technology. The Industrial Inkjet Business targets industrial inkjet markets, including high-performance print heads, multi-function inks, print units for label printing and textile printing systems. The Planetarium Business manufactures planetariums and projectors. The company was founded by Rokusaburo Sugiura in April 1873 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

“Konica Minolta History

1873 Rokusaburo Sugiura begins selling photographic and lithographic materials at Konishiya Rokubeiten (the beginnings of Konica Corporation)
1903 The Cherry Hand Camera, Japan’s first brand name camera is marketed
1928 Kazuo Tashima establishes Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shoten (Japan-Germany Camera Company, later known as Minolta Co., Ltd.)
1933 The internally developed and produced X-ray film, Sakura X-ray Film is released
1940 The first Japanese-made color film, Sakura Natural Color Film, is announced
1957 The company’s first planetarium unit is completed
1960 The company’s first copier, Minolta Copymaster is completed
1975 The world’s first 35mm camera with built-in flash, Konica C35EF, is launched
1977 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
1983 The world’s first copier with stepless zoom magnification/reduction function, EP450Z, is launched
1984 Ultra-high-precision aspheric plastic lens for CD players is developed
1985 SLR camera with a autofocus function, Minolta 7000, is launched
1987 Simple color-proofing system, Konsensus, is launched
1989 Medical digital imaging output system, Laser Imager Li-10, is launched
1990 Monochrome laser printer, SP101, is launched
Digital full-color copier, CF70, is launched
2000 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
2003 A holding company, Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. is established by integrating the management of Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd.
2004 Konica Minolta opens its own planetarium, Sunshine Starlight Dome “Manten”
Next-generation inkjet textile printer, “Nassenger V,” is launched
2005 The world’s first phase contrast mammography unit is launched
2007 Konica Minolta withdraws from the photo and camera business
Digital Imaging Square, the first presentation space oriented toward the production print market is opened
2010 Digital printing system, “bizhub PRESS C8000,” is launched
2011 Cassette-type digital radiography system, AeroDR, is launched
The world’s first Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) lighting panels using only phosphorescent materials is launched
2012 Konica Minolta Planetarium “Tenku” is opened at the TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN®
2013 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

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