Heritage of Innovations

Heritage of Innovations

With over 75 years of endless innovation, the future of Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas continues to look bright.  Our entire $9 billion dollar company is focused on imaging—optics, medical imaging, graphics, business solutions, planetarium, and OLED lighting, to name a few.

1873  Rokusaburo Sugiura began selling photographic and lithographic materials at Konishiya Rokubeiten in 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.).


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


1957  Completed the company’s first planetarium unit.


1960  Completed the Company’s first copier “Minolta Copymaster.”


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.


1987  Released simple color-proofing system “Konsensus.”

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


1990  Released monochrome laser printer “SP101.” Released digital 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  Integrated Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd., and created Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.


2004  Opened its own planetarium Sunshine Starlight Dome “Manten” in Tokyo, Japan.

Released next-generation inkjet textile printer “Nassenger V.”


2005  Released the world’s first mammography to use phase contrast technology.


2007  Withdrawal from the photo and camera business.

Opened the first “Digital Imaging Square.”


2010  Released digital printing system “bizhub PRESS C8000.”


2011  Released wireless DR system “AeroDR.”

Released the world’s first Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) lighting panels using all phosphorescent materials.


2012  Opened the Konica Minolta Planetarium “Tenku” at the TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN®.


2013  Reorganized the group management system and changed the company’s name to Konica Minolta, Inc.

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