Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has entered into a partnership agreement with the Sapporo Municipal Government (Japan) to work together on streamlining administrative tasks and enhancing work efficiency. Under this agreement, Konica Minolta will collaborate with the Sapporo Municipal Government to address problems caused by the decrease in population and the super-aging of society, which affect all local governments in Japan. The company will assist the municipal government in implementing administrative reforms and enhancing civil services by leveraging know-how gained through its business experience and proposing measures to improve workflows by visualising administrative tasks.
Purpose of the Partnership Agreement
In Japan, the elderly population is projected to peak in 2040. The rapid birthrate decline and aging and the consequent shrinking population have resulted in a shortage of workers, making it increasingly difficult for local governments to maintain and enhance the level of civil services.
Konica Minolta has a track record of successfully carrying out workstyle reforms and improving productivity by introducing cutting-edge technologies and innovations and switching its core business. To be specific, the company has improved manpower productivity by employing an effective knowledge-sharing system and RPA and created an environment that enables all its members to work remotely.
Leveraging the know-how gained from its experience in drastically transforming business processes by introducing IoT throughout the company, Konica Minolta will work closely with the Sapporo Municipal Government to make administrative tasks visible and accelerate the government’s effort to improve administrative services and productivity. Konica Minolta is also ready to work with the Sapporo Municipal Government in conducting demonstration experiments to verify the effectiveness of new service solutions in streamlining administrative tasks. Konica Minolta is determined to create new businesses and contribute to local prosperity by making effective use of the data that will be collected through this partnership with the Sapporo Municipal Government.
Main Aims of the Partnership Agreement
1. Clarify issues to be addressed in order to improve work efficiency by visualising administrative tasks
2. Utilise ICT to create a better work environment
3. Nurture human resources and develop a workplace culture
Konica Minolta remains committed to enhancing the productivity and supporting workflow reforms of its customers by visualising problems specific to certain sectors and types of business. In so doing, the company is promoting digital innovation that makes the invisible visible by utilising its image and data analysis technologies, with an aim to create new values for the evolution of society.
 RPA: Robotic Process Automation, a technology to automate PC-based routine tasks.
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 44,300 employees and offers products and services in 150 countries around the world.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta’s journey started 150 years ago, with a vision to see and do things differently. We innovate for the good of society and the world. The same purpose that kept us moving then, keeps us moving now.
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 “2023 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” and received a GOLD Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis sustainability ratings for 2023.
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 8,700 employees (as of April 2023), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.26 billion in financial year 2022/2023.
Worldwide, the company has over 39,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.
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