Konica starts business as Rokusaburo Sugiura begins selling photographic and lithographic materials at Konishiya Rokubeiten in Kojimachi, Tokyo.
CHERRY HAND CAMERA
Konishi Honten (predecessor of Konica) Markets the
“Cherry Hand Camera,” Japan’s first brand-name camera.
The precursor of Minolta, Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shoten (Japan-Germany Photo Company), is established by Kazuo Tajima and begins production of cameras in Japan.
Introduction of Sakura Natural Color Film, the first color film made in Japan.
Minolta Copymaster, the company’s first copier, is released.
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.
Release of U-Bix480, a high-performance photostatic plain paper copier.
Introduction of the world’s first 35mm compact autofocus camera, model C35AF.
Releases EP450Z, the world’s first copier with zoom magnification-reduction function.
Develops an ultra-high-precision aspheric plastic lens for CD players.
Releases the model 7000 SLR camera with autofocus function.
Releases model CF70, a digital full-color copier featuring breakthrough LIMOS technology for superior image quality.
Konica and Minolta are merged to leverage the leadership technologies and innovations of both companies.
Introduction of the first bizhub multifunctional peripheral (MFP), bringing fast document printing, copying and scanning to the hub of any business.
CBS SwingVision, a high-speed motion-analysis system sponsored by Konica Minolta, is awarded a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Innovative Technical Achievement.
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.
Konica Minolta acquires All Covered, a national IT company, to expand the company's services into the IT Services space.
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 adds 3D Printing to our portfolio of products by partnering with 3D Systems.
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.