Konica Minolta named as a ‘Leader’ in 2023 IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Sustainability Programs and Services Hardcopy

| 1 February 2024

Konica Minolta has been named a ‘Leader’ in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Sustainability Programs and Services Hardcopy 2023 Vendor Assessment (doc #US49892223, December 2023). The IDC MarketScape states that, “Organizations should consider Konica Minolta when looking for a supplier that is taking decisive actions to reduce climate impact, while promoting the effective use of resources for customers and within its own supply chain.”


The report notes that, “Konica Minolta’s Intelligent Connected Workplace strategy also provides customers with access to information management solutions that can increase workflow efficiency, storage, security, and compliance by leveraging AI-infused technologies.” It also highlights that the use of digitised content and automated workflows helps customers to gain additional benefits in terms of sustainability, and that the company aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions in its own operations and to make its products from more than 90% circulated resources (recycled materials and biomaterials) by 2050.
 
Management Philosophy: The report gives a number of specific strengths in naming Konica Minolta as a ‘Leader’, such as a philosophy that it can create economic and social value through innovation to support sustainability. This includes Konica Minolta’s expertise in imaging, data processing, and data-based decision making, to help its customers and partners to resolve their specific sustainability needs.
 
Sustainability Assessments: The report also highlights Konica Minolta’s Sustainability Assessments as part of Optimized Print Services. These assessments enable customers to receive an environmental audit of their entire printer fleet through Konica Minolta’s bizWORKPLACE total cost of ownership (TCO) tool. The report praises the use of this tool to enable customers to determine their energy and consumables consumption, whilst identifying more energy-efficient options and the reduction of waste as well as periodic environmental reporting for ongoing optimization.
 
Sustainable Solutions Certification System: The IDC MarketScape report also underlines Konica Minolta’s Sustainable Solutions Certification System and its ability to identify and certify a range of products and services that are designed to specifically address environmental and social issues. Using these baseline standards, Konica Minolta assesses its products via a three-step ranking system. Since the Sustainable Solutions Certification System was implemented in 2019, these solutions have accounted for 77% of total group sales.  
 
Refurbished Equipment Program: Finally, the IDC MarketScape report cites Konica Minolta’s Refurbished Equipment Program and specifically the use of refillable toner bottles and cartridges, the extension of the life of consumables, the increased use of recycled materials, and the deployment of refurbished equipment, as key components. The report also highlights the Konica Minolta bizhub Refreshed programme, which provides European customers with high-quality and affordable refurbished MFPs, whilst enabling savings in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to procuring new devices.
 

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We are proud that Konica Minolta has been named as a ‘Leader’ in the IDC MarketScape. IDC conducted a very thorough and comprehensive assessment that looks at our product capabilities, services portfolio, and implementation. It also considers our broader sustainability strategy and roadmap, along with our governance and compliance strategy and growth in these areas. We have demonstrated high levels of consistency across all these elements which is testament to our continued efforts to not only continue to improve Konica Minolta’s sustainability efforts, but also to further support and help facilitate the efforts of our customers as well.

Olaf Jonas

Olaf Jonas, General Manager Environmental Social Governance, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Olaf Jonas added, “Whilst we are delighted with the results of this assessment, we are ever mindful that concerted efforts are still required to further increase the sustainability levels of Konica Minolta and our customers. We continue to develop and promote initiatives such as our Clean Planet Program, reduced use of packaging, and use of AIRe Link for remote servicing, with a firm focus on further building upon our efforts to support greater sustainability wherever possible.”      


 

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Sustainability Programs and Services Hardcopy 2023 Vendor Assessment

Konica Minolta has been named a ‘Leader’ in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Sustainability Programs and Services Hardcopy 2023 Vendor Assessment (doc #US49892223, December 2023). The IDC MarketScape states that, “Organizations should consider Konica Minolta when looking for a supplier that is taking decisive actions to reduce climate impact, while promoting the effective use of resources for customers and within its own supply chain.”
 

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About IDC MarketScape:
IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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 2023 Vendor Assessment’ has named Konica Minolta 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 received a GOLD Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis sustainability ratings for 2024.


For its remote services, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab (BLI) 2023-2024 Pacesetter Award in Remote Service for the Western European market’ 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 more than 8,800 employees (as of April 2024), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.13 billion in financial year 2023/2024.


Worldwide, the company has over 40,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.


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