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1873 Rokusaburo Sugiura began selling photographic and lithographic materials at Konishiya Rokubeiten in Kojimachi, Tokyo (the startup of the business of Konica Corporation).

1903 Marketed "Cherry Hand Camera," Japan's first brand name camera.

1928 Kazuo Tashima established Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shoten (Japan-Germany photo company; the precursor of Minolta Co., Ltd.) and launched production of cameras in Japan. Marketed the Company's first camera "Nifcalette" in the following year.

1940 Released the first made-in-Japan color film "Sakura Natural Color Film."

1956 Established the first American subsidiary in Philadelphia, USA.

1957 Completed the Company's first planetarium unit.

1960 Completed the Company's first copier "Minolta Copymaster."

1962 Established the first European subsidiary in Hamburg, Germany.

1971 Released high-performance photostatic plain paper copier "U-Bix480."

1973 Launched the operation of the Sakura driver's license printing system nationwide.

1975 Released the world's first 35mm camera with built-in flash and AE functions "C35EF."

1977 Released the world's first 35mm compact autofocus camera "C35AF."
Released world's first finger measurement type pulse oximeter "OXIMET MET-1471."

1983 Released the world's first copier with zoom magnification/reduction function "EP450Z."

1984 Developed an ultra-high-precision aspheric plastic lens for CD players.

1985 Released SLR camera with autofocus function "7000."

1987 Released simple color-proofing system "Konsensus."

1989 Released medical digital imaging output system "Laser Imager Li-10."

1990 Released monochrome laser printer "SP101"; entered LBP market on a full scale.
Released digital full-color copier "CF70."

2000 Fully launched business for TAC films for LCD polarizers.
Established Konica Minolta Supplies Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a joint venture for the production of polymerized toners.

2003 Aug. Established a holding company Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., by integrating the management of Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd.

Oct. Reorganized and integrated the businesses of the group companies and formed the new holding company structure with business companies and common function companies.

2004 Mar. Opened its own planetarium Sunshine Starlight Dome "Manten" in Tokyo, Japan.

May. Released next-generation textile inkjet printer "Nassenger V."

Jul. Released non-contact 3D digitizer for industrial "VIVID 9i/VI-9i".

Dec. Established subsidiary for the production of MFPs and printers in Wuxi, China, Konica Minolta Business Technologies (Wuxi) Co., Ltd..

2005 Jan. Established new business company for commercial use inkjet products, Konica Minolta IJ Technologies, Inc..

Feb. Released the world's first mammography to use phase contrast technology "PCM System".

Nov. Established sales subsidiary for MFPs and printers in Shanghai, China, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (CHINA) Co., Ltd..

2006 Sep. Released high-speed digital color MFP for the production print "bizhub PRO C6500".

Dec. Completed construction of the third plant for the production of polymerized toner, in Nagano, Japan.

2007 Mar. Withdrawal of camera business.

Apr. Established Konica Minolta Healthcare Co., Ltd. by integrating the product planning, sales, and service functions of the medical businesses in Japan.

May. Established Konica Minolta Software Development (Dalian) Co., Ltd., for quality evaluation of the software in China.

Sep. Withdrawal of photo business.

Oct. Opened "Digital Imaging Square," a presentation space oriented toward the production print market.

2008 Jan. Konica Minolta and CEC establish a joint venture company, Konica Minolta Bizcom, Co., Ltd., to provide solution service business,

Feb. Established Konica Minolta Glass Tech (M) Sdn. Bhd., for the production of the glass substrates for hard disk drives (HDDs) in Malacca, Malaysia.

Apr. Completed construction of a new building to consolidate R&D functions for optical business, in our Osaka-sayama site, Japan.

2010 Jun. Established subsidiary for sales and service functions of the medical businesses in India, Konica Minolta Healthcare India Private Limited.

Jul. Established sales subsidiary for MFPs and printers in India, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Private Limited.

Jul. Completed construction of the seventh plant for the production of TAC films for LCD polarizers, in kobe, Japan. www.konicaminolta.com Konica Minolta GIF 3222x529 logo