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Over a century of innovation in optics and electronics.
The history of Konica Minolta begins 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.

1873

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

Rokusaburo Sugiura, 1873

1903

Markets "Cherry Hand Camera", Japan's first brand-name camera.

Cherry Hand Camera, 1903

1928

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

Kazuo Tajima, 1928

1940

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

Sakura Natural Color Film, 1940

1960

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

Minolta Copymaster, 1960

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.

Minolta Camera for Friendship 7, 1962

1971

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

U-Bix480 Copier, 1971

1977

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

Autofocus Camera, 1977

1983

Releases EP450Z, the world's first copier with zoom magnification/ reduction function.

EP450ZZ Copier, 1983

1984

Develops an ultra-highprecision aspheric plastic lens for CD players.

Ultra-highprecision aspheric plastic lens, 1984

1985

Releases the model 7000 SLR camera with autofocus function.

7000 SLR camera with autofocus, 1985

1990

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

Digital full-color copier, 1990

2003

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

Konica Minolta Merger, 2003

2004

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

Bizhub multifunctional peripheral, 2004

2006

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

CBS SwingVision Emmy Award, 2006

2007

Forms strategic alliance with the General Electric Company (GE) to develop and commercialize energy-saving OLED technology for lighting applications.

OLED Technology with General Electric, 2007

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 anniversary of Simitri toner, 2010
Jessica A., Major Account Executive, President Club Award Winner

A CAREER AT KONICA MINOLTA... in the words of Jessica A., Major Account Executive, President Club Award Winner Konica Minolta is an industry leader in information management focusing on enterprise content management. We continue to achieve more market share with our award-winning technology, and invest significantly in R&D and in our employees. Working for this high performance company has given me the opportunity to learn and grow within the company rapidly. My role is challenging, fast-paced, and I love every second of it. I am proud to work for Konica Minolta and excited to contribute to the company at this tremendous time.

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