New horizons: Konica Minolta opens worldwide Digital Manufacturing Hub

Langenhagen, Germany, 1 February 2018 

With the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 and data handling, digitalisation has now reached manufacturing companies, too. To help and support customers through this development and transformation process as a trusted partner, Konica Minolta has today opened its Digital Manufacturing Hub in Darmstadt, Germany, which acts as the global headquarters of its newly created Digital Manufacturing Business Unit. 

Opening the new Digital Manufacturing Hub marks the start of Konica Minolta expanding its renowned and reliable IT services and complete solutions for optimising document-heavy business processes in the B2B sector. These will be supplemented by expertise in sensor systems and visualisation technology, fields in which Konica Minolta has many years of experience. “By expanding into this new business area, we aim to develop and implement solutions for the digital transformation process both for and together with Konica Minolta’s customers,” explains Yuji Ichimura, President, Industrial Optical System Business Headquarters. Konica Minolta will bring in a number of collaborative partners to do this. The focus will be on visualisation in all its facets, in order to reveal optimisation potential and enable it to be unlocked. 

Guests at the opening ceremony were treated not only to lectures by qualified specialists (from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, for example) but also to a discussion forum and live demonstrations of the first solutions. 

The global Head of the Digital Manufacturing Business Unit is Johannes Bischof, President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland. He will be supported by Steve Rommel, in his new role as Head of the Digital Manufacturing Hub in Darmstadt. Thanks to the time he spent working at international manufacturing companies, as well as in research and development, Rommel will bring a wealth of experience from a wide range of sectors to the Hub. 

An important milestone

“For Konica Minolta, establishing this new Business Unit is a further important milestone on the timeline of our company’s very successful history. We will pool our expertise and innovative prowess into our Digital Manufacturing Hub in order to develop pioneering solutions for manufacturing companies. We are confident that Darmstadt will prove to be the perfect choice for this,” says Johannes Bischof.

Über Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland

Die Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH ist als IT Services Provider ein führender Anbieter von Komplettlösungen für die unternehmensweiten Dokumenten- und Druckworkflows im B2B-Bereich. Als Projekt- und Lösungsexperte bietet das Unternehmen umfassende Beratung, Hard- und Softwarelösungen sowie Dienstleistungen und Support für individuelle, leistungsfähige Gesamtlösungen. Mit seinem strategischen Geschäftsfeld Optimized Print Services setzt das Unternehmen im Bereich der Managed Print Services bereits lange neue Standards. Ganzheitliche Konzepte bietet Konica Minolta mit Managed Content Services auch zum Thema Dokumentenmanagement, Archivierung und Erfassung von Informationen. Die Hardwarelösungen umfassen Farb- und S/W-Multifunktionssysteme und Laserdrucker im Bereich A3 und A4 für die Marken Konica Minolta und DEVELOP sowie marktführende, leistungsstarke Produktionsdrucksysteme. Das Gesamtportfolio umfasst damit alle Komponenten, um die komplette Business-Infrastruktur von Unternehmen zu realisieren.

Kundennähe und professionelles Projektmanagement garantiert Konica Minolta Deutschland über den direkten und indirekten Vertriebskanal. Im Rahmen der Konica Minolta Gruppe umfasst das Angebot von Konica Minolta gemeinsam mit seinen verbundenen Unternehmen die Bereiche Output Solutions, IT-Services, Professional Printing, Marketing Services, IP Video Solutions, Medical Solutions und Media.

Den Hauptsitz der Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH in Langenhagen leiten die Geschäftsführer Johannes Bischof (President Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland) und Tsuyoshi Yamazato. Die Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH ist eine 100% Tochter des Geschäftsbereichs Business Technologies Business von Konica Minolta, Inc. mit Sitz in Tokio, Japan. Zu den weiteren Bereichen, in denen der Konzern tätig ist, zählen Industrial Business, Healthcare Business und Planetarium Business. Mit rund 44.000 Mitarbeitern weltweit (Stand März 2017) erzielte Konica Minolta, Inc. im Geschäftsjahr 2016/2017 einen Nettoumsatz von rund 8,1 Milliarden Euro.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. According to IDC, Konica Minolta is a “Major Player in Work­flow Services Hardcopy in the Western European market” (2016). Being a strong partner for the production and industrial printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and, in 2016, was the production printing market leader for the ninth consecutive year (InfoSource). The hardware portfolio covers light and mid production as well as industrial printing machines. Konica Minolta Marketing Services provides value added services that intelligently link print and digital marketing in an effective and efficient way. In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Through its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R&D laboratories in Europe, Konica Minolta brings innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With over 9,700 employees (as of March 2017), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.4 billion in financial year 2016/17.

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