Konica Minolta Wins Red Dot Award 2019, a Globally Prestigious Design Award, for the Cosmo Leap Σ, an Optical Planetarium, and the CA-410, a Color Analyzer for Measuring Displays

| 15 April 2019

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019, a globally prestigious design award, for the Cosmo Leap Σ, an optical planetarium, and the CA-410, a color analyzer for measuring displays.

​Cosmo Leap Σ, an optical planetarium

With its compact structure incorporating optical technology, the product is designed to blend harmoniously with cosmic space. The Cosmo Leap Σ can project the starry skies equivalent to those of the Infinium Σ, Konica Minolta's flagship optical planetarium that was developed to reproduce beautiful fixed stars shining in the night sky, in medium-sized domes with an energy-efficient compact design. A new silhouette that incorporates optical technologies in a package was attained by breaking down and re-integrating the components of the conventional equipment. It has been installed at domes in various areas including Konica Minolta Planetaria Tokyo and the Okayama Astronomical Museum. The company also won a Good Design Gold Award 2018 for the Cosmo Leap Σ.

CA-410, a Color Analyzer for Measuring Displays

Designed optimally for professional use, this optical device can be used in various measuring environments, and has an excellent texture and robustness. The CA-410 is an optical measuring device that can quickly measure the performance of TV and smartphone displays at their production sites. This high-accuracy measurement system can measure high dynamic range (HDR) displays, including organic EL TV sets and high-brightness LCD monitors, from ultra-low brightness to high brightness. It serves as a new reference in the industry.

About the Red Dot Award

The Red Dot Award is one of the largest design competitions in the world. Launched in 1955, the award has a history of more than 60 years. It is organized by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The award has three disciplines: Product Design, Brands & Communication Design, and Design Concept. In 2019, there were more than 5,500 applications for Product Design from 55 countries


About Konica Minolta, Inc.

Konica Minolta, Inc. is a global technology company that provides innovative solutions to 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 supporting customers to address challenges in their operations and work processes. Advancing its expertise in digital technologies, the company has been going through business transformation into a digital company, with insights into implicit challenges across the board as ‘One Konica Minolta’ in the era of Internet of the Things (IoT). Konica Minolta is also active in open innovation through various collaborations and alliances with academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Konica Minolta has its Group companies in 50 countries with over 43,000 employees and offers products and services in 150 countries around the world.

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. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, ‘IDC MarketScape: Western Europe Smart Multifunctional Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leading smart MFP provider of note’. As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its solutions that combine ‘smart service with smart technology’, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Outstanding Serviceability 2018/2019’ 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 almost 10,300 employees (as of April 2019), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.39 billion in financial year 2018/19.

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