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The History of Konica Minolta

It all started in 1873, when Rokusaburo Sugiura began selling photographic materials in Tokyo. By 1900, the company had developed its first camera. Japan's first plain paper copier was introduced in 1971. A merger of Konica and Minolta was accomplished in 2003, creating a corporate giant with wide-ranging expertise in digital, optical and electronic technology.

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1873

Rokusaburo Sugiura
Konica starts business as Rokusaburo Sugiura begins selling photographic and lithographic materials at Konishiya Rokubeiten in Kojimachi, Tokyo.

1903

CHERRY HAND CAMERA
Konishi Honten (predecessor of Konica) Markets the
“Cherry Hand Camera,” Japan’s first brand-name camera.

1928

Kazuo Tajima
The precursor of Minolta, Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shoten (Japan-Germany Photo Company), is established by Kazuo Tajima and begins production of cameras in Japan.

1940

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

1960

Minolta Copymaster, the company’s first copier, is released.

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.

1971

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

1977

Introduction of the world’s first 35mm compact autofocus camera, model C35AF.

1983

Releases EP450Z, the world’s first copier with zoom magnification-reduction function.

1984

Develops an ultra-high-precision aspheric plastic lens for CD players.

1985

Releases the model 7000 SLR camera with autofocus function.

1990

Releases model CF70, a digital full-colour copier featuring breakthrough LIMOS technology for superior image quality.

2003

Konica and Minolta are merged to leverage the leadership technologies and innovations of both companies.

Konica Minolta

2004

Introduction of the first bizhub multifunctional peripheral (MFP), bringing fast document printing, copying and scanning to the hub of any business.

2006

CBS SwingVision, a high-speed motion-analysis system sponsored by Konica Minolta, is awarded a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Innovative Technical Achievement.

2010

10th anniversary of Konica Minolta’s exclusive Simitri toner, the world’s first polymerized toner; from its introduction in 2000, Simitri toner has used biomass technology to reduce environmental impact.

10th year. Simitri with Biomass.

2014

Konica Minolta adds 3D Printing to our portfolio of products by partnering with 3D Systems.

3DSystems

2014

Konica Minolta acquires document imaging division of Pitney Bowes.

pitney bowes

2015

Konica Minolta adds award winning IT services team through Acquisition of IT Weapons, Inc.

IT Weapons. IT Services from Konica Minolta

2016

Konica Minolta moves to new headquarters in Mississauga's Airport Corporate Centre.