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Over a Century
of Innovation

The History of Konica Minolta

It all 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.

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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.

Rokusaburo Sugiura

1903

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

Cherry Hand 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.

Kazuo Tajima

1940

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

Sakura Natural Color Film

1960

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

Minolta Copymaster

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.

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1971

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

U-Bix480

1977

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

world’s first 35mm compact autofocus camera model C35AF

1983

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

EP450Z

1984

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

ultra-high-precision aspheric plastic lens

1985

Releases the model 7000 SLR camera with autofocus function.

7000 SLR camera

1990

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

CF70 a digital full-color copier

2003

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

Konica Joins Minolta

2004

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

first bizhub multifunctional peripheral

2006

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

Emmy Award winning Swing Vision

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.

Simitri Biomass

2012

Konica Minolta acquires All Covered, a national IT company, to expand the company's services into the IT Services space.

All Covered

2013

Konica Minolta acquires DocuSource and AMS Imaging to grow its portfolio in the Enterprise Content Management space in the West and Northeast regions.

KOnica Minolta and Enterprise Content Management

2014

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

3D Printing

2014

Konica Minolta Inc. has opened its first Business Innovation Center in the US. The vision for the Innovation Center is to lead profound and enduring transformation.

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