Over a Century of Innovation

Driving Breakthrough Innovation For 150 Years

Konica Minolta’s journey started 150 years ago, with a vision to see and do things differently. We innovate for the good of society and the world. The same purpose that kept us moving then, keeps us moving now. 150 years is just the start.

Explore The 150-Year Virtual Museum

Embark on an exciting journey through time with our virtual museum! As a company that has been at the forefront of technological advancements for a century and a half, our museum showcases a curated collection of artifacts that have shaped our evolution. With each artifact you discover, your virtual stamp book will fill with memories and milestones, revealing how Konica Minolta has been instrumental in giving shape to new ideas throughout the years. Let the exploration begin!

Our History Timeline

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

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.

Konica Minolta announces collaboration with MGI Digital Graphics Technology to bring new 3D tactile varnish technology to market.

Konica Minolta Inc. Launches Step Forward, an initiative to inspire women in professional excellence at all career levels.

The bizhub PRESS C71cf digital press is the first of many new products that supports Konica Minolta’s strategy in the label and packaging industry market.

Konica Minolta unveils the KM-1 , the 29.5 inch sheet fed UV Ink Jet Press

Konica Minolta becomes a Google Cloud Premier Partner, enabling the company and its dealer partners to offer the full suite of Google Cloud solutions.

Konica Minolta Named to the Forbes Best-In-State Employers 2021 List.

Konica Minolta Implements North American Shared Services model.