Konica Minolta and Zühlke establish close innovation partnership to support future workplace-enabled solutions

| 5 September 2018

Leading office & IT solutions provider Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) and innovation service provider Zühlke have announced their partnership to support the development of new products for Konica Minolta’s Workplace of the Future™ vision. As part of the technology giant’s corporate strategy to become a platform-led, data-centric business, Konica Minolta will look to Zühlke to play a key part in advising how to utilise digital technologies to provide sustainable customer solutions across the workplace.


With an R&D strategy focused on providing holistic solutions to the challenges that come with digitalisation, Konica Minolta are actively partnering with leading pioneers. Such collaborations ensure that Konica Minolta continues to create concepts that reflect the Japanese company’s strong heritage of innovation, alongside accurately fulfilling customer’s future needs and wants.

Ranging from the generation and evaluation of new product ideas and business models, to consultation on technical implementation and operations, the partnership with Zühlke is a natural progression of a close working relationship between the two companies.

One project Zühlke has already supported Konica Minolta with is the collaboration around a proposed multi-functional workplace tool currently referred to as ‘Spoke’, as part of the disruptive Workplace Hub portfolio.

Looking to the future, Konica Minolta and Zühlke are already working on new ideas for untouched areas.

 

About Konica Minolta, Inc.

Konica Minolta, Inc. is a global technology company which provides innovative solutions to support the development of businesses and society. With its strengths in the combination of its core technologies in advanced imaging, optics, sensing, materials and nano-processing, Konica Minolta is committed to creating new values that help customers address challenges in their business operations and work processes. With advanced expertise in digital technologies, the company has transformed itself into a provider of end-to-end digital solutions: One Konica Minolta in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). Konica Minolta is also active in open innovation through various partnerships and alliances with academic, industrial and business partners.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Konica Minolta Group employs more than 43,000 people in 50 countries and offers products and services in more than 150 countries around the world.

 

About Zühlke

Zühlke is a service provider for innovation projects. By combining both business and technology expertise, the company creates solutions that satisfy its’ customers. Zühlke develops financially successful products, services and business models for today’s digital world - from coming up with the initial idea through to the implementation and operation. This is achieved by drawing on the experience of over 1000 in-house experts and of more than 10,000 successful projects.

The Zühlke Group has local teams in Austria, Germany, Hongkong, Serbia, Switzerland, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In 2017, Zühlke generated CHF 154 million (DE: EUR 138 million UK: £121 million) in revenue.


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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. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.


As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leader in print transformation’. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.


Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).


For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.


The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta is listed among “2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” and received the highest level in EcoVadis Sustainability Ratings.


For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021’ from Keypoint Intelligence.


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 approximately 9,000 employees (as of April 2021), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 1.9 billion in financial year 2020/2021.


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