Konica Minolta and FUJIFILM Business Innovation Explore a Potential Strategic Alliance in Multifunction Printer and Printer Areas to Optimize Procurement, Toner Development and Production Efficiencies

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, May 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. (Konica Minolta) today announced parent company Konica Minolta, Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding to begin a feasibility study for a strategic alliance in the multifunction printer (MFP), office printer and production printer segments.

The rapidly evolving market landscape for MFPs and printers requires proactive measures. Konica Minolta and FUJIFILM Business Innovation are actively considering a business alliance to strengthen their business foundation, including the development of a robust supply system for their products. The companies are also seeking to expand other business alliances and continue discussions. The main details of these promising discussions are as follows:

(1) Procurement business alliance

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  • Exploring the establishment of a joint venture to coordinate the procurement of raw materials and parts.
    • Tentative timetable for establishment of a joint venture: Second quarter of FY2024
    • Shareholding Ratio: Majority ownership by FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.

(2) Toner development and production business alliance

(3) Other business alliances:

  • Discussion and agreement on other strategic collaborations related to the subject business will be addressed separately.

“Sharing a common understating of the challenges facing the business, the two leading companies will be able to mutually maximize strengths through this alliance,” said Toshimitsu Taiko, President and CEO, Konica Minolta, Inc. “I am looking forward to working together to improve investment efficiency and cost-competitiveness, strengthen capabilities for stable supply, environmental initiatives, and business continuity plans (BCP), and pursue the potential for enhancing business resilience as global manufacturers.”

“The ongoing discussions for this business alliance are of immense importance as we strive to strengthen our competitiveness and expand our global presence to make a significant leap forward,” Naoki Hama, President and CEO, FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp. “We are confident that this partnership will create a new framework to enhance our supply chain and build a robust business foundation.”

About Konica Minolta

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. Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. is reshaping and revolutionizing the workplace to achieve true connectivity through the Intelligent Connected Workplace portfolio. Its business technology offerings include IT Services, intelligent information management, video security solutions and managed print services, as well as office technology and industrial and commercial print solutions. Through its ongoing work, the company is fortunate to be continuously recognized for its products and services. This includes, but is not limited to being included on CRN’s MSP 500 list numerous times; named a finalist in the IT Software Category by The World Technology Awards; recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys and presented with Keypoint Intelligence’s BLI 2021 A3 Line of The Year and BLI 2021-2023 Most Colour Consistent A3 Brand Awards for its bizhub i-Series.

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Konica Minolta Contact

Konica Minolta Media Relations – Canada
Marketing Department, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd.
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