150 years of Konica Minolta — and that's just the beginning

How many companies do you know that have existed for 150 years? Not many, right? We, the employees at Konica Minolta, are celebrating this milestone birthday — and are glowing with pride. We work for a company that has been striving to develop new technologies and innovative solutions since 1873 and successfully and sustainably implements these solutions for its customers.

1873 — three years before Alexander Graham Bell filed his patent for the telephone, and six years before Thomas Alva Edison invented the electric light bulb. Our story began when Rokusaburo Sugiura opened a small specialist shop for photographic and lithographic products in Tokyo. Now, 150 years later, more than 40,000 people around the world are working passionately to make Konica Minolta the market leader among technology and managed service providers — by providing the best portfolio and services to help you achieve success.

Our company has continued to change over many generations and through turbulent times, as the world around Konica Minolta has also undergone tremendous changes. Together, we want to continue to be a force for successful change and accompany you on your way to a digital future. In 2023, we have once again set our sights on forging new paths and generating new and sustainable values.

For you, for us — and also for Rokusaburo Sugiura.





Rokusaburo Sugiura founds the Konica Corporation


The "Cherry Hand Camera", Japan's first camera brand, is created


Tashima founds Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shoten (later known as Minolta Co.)


The company's first copier, the "Minolta Copymaster", is completed


The first images of the Earth are taken from space using a Minolta Hi-Matic (during John Glenn's "Friendship 7" spaceflight)


First company in the world to be awarded the Blue Angel mark in the field of copying



Development of Simitri — the world's first polymerised toner with biomass, which reduces CO2 and NOx emissions by up to 40% in addition to ensuring cost-effective production.


Konica and Minolta merge to form Konica Minolta


The company enters the production printing segment with the Konica Minolta bizhub Pro 1050



The end of the company's presence in the photography and camera market


Opening of the first Business Innovation Centre (BIC) in London


Introduction of the B2+ UV inkjet printing system AccurioJet KM-1


IDC names Konica Minolta a worldwide leader for print transformation


For the second time in a row, Konica Minolta is named the best managed service provider and leading system house in Germany

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