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.
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
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 approximately 8,700 employees (as of April 2022), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 1.9 billion in financial year 2021/2022.
Worldwide, the company has over 39,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.
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