Konica Minolta establishes manufacturing subsidiary in Malaysia, to begin operations in October, driven by increasing demand for consumables and 'bizhub-series' for small- and medium-sized businesses

TOKYO , June 5, 2014 (press release) – Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that it established a manufacturing subsidiary, KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES (MALAYSIA) Sdn. Bhd (KMMY), in May 2014. KMMY is to primarily manufacture consumables for MFPs (multi-functional peripherals) and scheduled to start operation in October 2014.

Background and aim of establishment
In line with the global development of Konica Minolta's Business Technologies Business, the company has a broad customer base from GMA (Global Major Account) to SMB (Small and Medium-sized Business) in countries around the world. In addition, beyond supply of equipment, Konica Minolta has been offering a variety of solution services including proposals to optimize customer enterprises' print environment through OPS (Optimized Print Services). As a result of these business enhancement efforts, its main “bizhub-series” MFPs in the field have grown in numbers year after year and expectations are increasing for enhancement in a steadier supply system of consumables and parts.

The establishment of KMMY is driven by the company's strong commitment to meeting these increasing needs for the production of consumables and functional parts of the “bizhub-series.”

KMMY will use the best production technologies from accumulation of Konica Minolta's superb manufacturing know-how and adopt the latest production process with high efficiency and productivity, along with consideration to safety and environmental soundness. For land, facilities and buildings, KMMY will utilize, as much as possible, those of Konica Minolta's former Malaysian factory that manufactured glass substrates for HDDs.

Furthermore, KMMY will be running as innovative model factory to showcase the excellence of production capability through introduction of state-of-the-art solution services such as ICT services and document management system which are currently being offered to customers of Konica Minolta.

KMMY is located in Malacca City, Malaysia, in the southwestern coast of the Malay Peninsula. With seamless sea and land distribution network, the region is ideal for stable shipping of the consumables to various parts of the globe. In addition, by collaborating with its Southeast Asian sales and service headquarters in Singapore, Konica Minolta will be well positioned to offer enhanced customer services in the region. The new manufacturing site for MFP consumables will help Konica Minolta address risks with flexibility and build on its capabilities with improvement in business continuity.

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