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.
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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