ranks Number One in Europe

Press Release
Konica Minolta defends its market leadership position in Europe

Langenhagen, Germany, 16 July 2015

According to the new market figures from the research institute infoSource, based in Switzerland, Konica Minolta could again successfully defend its leadership position in the European office colour A3 and production printing1 market in the 2014 fiscal year2. With 21.2 percent market share and over 141,300 colour A3 multifunctional systems (MFP) sold as well as a 33.8% market share and over 6,200 production printing systems sold, the company ranks Number One in Europe once more. However, the company’s focus on hardware sales is diminishing while continuously evolving into an IT services provider striving to build out its Managed Services portfolio.

Office challenges such as Big Data and rapidly rising unmanaged content, strong demands on the part of companies for operational efficiency, an increasingly mobile workforce and growing information security changed the point of view of Konica Minolta. Today, the company possesses enormous expertise and excellence in those fields, having the right portfolio down pat. Having started 2010 with Optimized Print Services (OPS), focusing on the efficiency of print infrastructure and related processes, the company has succeeded in 2014 with Managed Content Services (MCS) in order to support capturing, distributing and managing of information and contents with respect to the growing data and information flood.

“The goal is to establish Konica Minolta as a Managed Services provider in the B2B market in Europe over the next few years and to raise its profile primarily as a leading provider in this respect,” emphasises Ikuo Nakagawa, President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. “Instead of selling our products, our business analysts and consultants go to the customers and consult on their business processes to come up with the right solutions.”

Furthermore, Konica Minolta will build out its portfolio for Marketing Print Management (MPM), offering customers on-demand printing capabilities of marketing collateral and Managed Marketing Services (MMS) enabling customers to outsource their marketing activities. The cornerstone for that was laid by the acquisition of Charterhouse, UK, in 2012.

“By delivering the different service lines – OPS, MCS, MPM and MMS – we will be successful with our shift to a global service-orientated business process management provider to both office and production printing customers. To meet this goal, we have launched at the start of 2014 fiscal year our new medium-term business plan, entitled ‘TRANSFORM 2016’, which means we are undergoing a radical transformation process. This transformation is set to continue and develop over the next few years, with the program finishing in fiscal year 20163”, Nakagawa closes.

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, forming part of its Business Technologies business area. As a leading global services provider in the field of IT- and document processes as well as digital production printing solutions the company excels in services-led business consulting, implementation and management and provides a range of world-leading printing systems and solutions. In this context, Konica Minolta’s Optimized Print Services concept (OPS) combines consultancy, hardware, software implementation, and operation in order to enhance business process efficiency and cost-effectiveness. To support customers optimally with powerful and sustainable solutions, technology leader Konica Minolta continuously invests in research and development work and regularly sets new standards.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 70 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With over 33,000 employees around the world (as of March 2015), Konica Minolta’s Business Technologies business area earned net sales of over EUR 5.8 billion in financial year 2014/15. For further information about the company, please visit: www.konicaminolta.eu. Product images are available at: www.konicaminolta-images.eu. Terms and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.

Melanie Olbrich
Konica Minolta
Business Solutions Europe GmbH
Phone: +49 (0)511 7404-5337
3 Ending by 31 March 2017