Konica Minolta Australia signs partnership with Kirra Services

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia) has signed a partnership with Kirra Services, which will see Kirra Services resell Konica Minolta Australia’printing and document management solutions, bridging a gap in Kirra Services offering to the government sector. 

Established in 2017, Kirra Services is a majority-owned and Supply Nation-certified Indigenous information technology service provider. Supply Nation is an organisation that provides First Nations businesses with tender opportunities through a nationwide directory, as well as help, support and training resources designed specifically for First Nations businesses.  

Brad Nagle, founder and managing director, Kirra Services, said, “Kirra Services identified a need to be able to deliver printing and document services. After speaking with the team at Konica Minolta Australia, it was obvious that it was the right partner for Kirra Services to round out our portfolio. For government organisations that Kirra Services works with, it means we can extend our current offering and bring more to the table in terms of potential new contracts. Currently, Kirra Services is positioning the solutions as part of government tenders with Konica Minolta Australia providing the ongoing service and support; however, Kirra Services is exploring other opportunities with Konica Minolta Australia as well.” 

“Kirra Services’ mission, and Konica Minolta Australia’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, means that we can also work together beyond the traditional vendor-partner relationship. We are currently collaborating to establish a trainee program for First Nations candidates to learn how to service the printers. It’s important for Kirra Services, as a Supply Nation business, to align with other organisations that have a similar mission. We look forward to exploring and evolving our relationship with Konica Minolta Australia into the future.” 

Viraj Meena, national manager – partnership development, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Part of Konica Minolta Australia’s growth strategy is around attracting new partners, particularly in the IT services space, and in key verticals such as government. Both the business opportunity and the cultural alignment with Kirra Services made it a great fit.” 

About Konica Minolta Australia    

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.    

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.     

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.    

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.    

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home   

Rotacaster accelerates innovation and speed-to-market with 3D printing solution from Konica Minolta

Australian manufacturer Rotacaster has accelerated innovation and speed-to-market with a Markforged 3D printer supported by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia). 

Located in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Rotacaster designs, develops, manufactures, and exports a special type of wheel, known as the omni wheel and associated products. 

Although the company had been using 3D printing for a number of years, it needed a new solution for better functional testing and production of early-stage end-use parts. For this, Rotacaster invested in a Markforged Mark Two, a cost-effective, powerful, professional, continuous, carbon fibre 3D printer for aluminium-strength parts, supplied and supported by Konica Minolta. 

Peter McKinnon, managing director, Rotacaster, said, “Rotacaster chose the Mark Two because of its ability to produce parts that could be tested from a functional perspective, for the parts’ strength and robustness, as well as its ability to let us produce short-run production parts that can stand up to the rigour of real-life use.” 

Rotacaster is using Mark Two for rapid prototyping, design iterations, functional testing, and initial phase production. 

Peter McKinnon said, “The Mark Two has really let Rotacaster get products to market faster and iterate design easily before contemplating high-volume tooling, which is expensive and resource-intensive.   

“Most recently, it launched its Omni-Sense cane tip for the vision-impaired, which introduces omni-wheel technology to white canes. Rotacaster printed the mount component to enable use of its wheels with a number of cane types. Printing with the Markforged let Rotacaster iterate the design based on feedback during the field trials and expedite the product to market. 

“Rotacaster expects that a lot of its components will follow this route, with 3D printing becoming a key element in its production capability. It gives Rotacaster the ability to produce parts that we never would have been able to even contemplate before.” 

Matthew Hunter, innovation product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said, “A key trend in manufacturing is the requirement for shorter product runs with faster turnaround. When used to manufacture end-use parts, 3D printing offers speed and versatility, which is now being realised by Rotacaster through the Mark Two.” 

With supply chains in question and local organisations reluctant to continue to rely on overseas supply, there is a real opportunity for local manufacturers to step up. 

Peter McKinnon said, “Locally, there are not a lot of tool makers and, even then, they often send their tooling work overseas. This is no longer necessary, with 3D printing providing a viable option for getting products up and running quickly without substantial tooling costs upfront. 3D printing will play a key role in helping manufacturers get products to market without being subject to supply chains that may not be as dependable as they once were.” 

Local support was also key to the purchasing decision for Rotacaster. With the Mark Two supplied and supported by Konica Minolta, Rotacaster was assured that it would have access to local expertise. 

Peter McKinnon said, “With Konica Minolta taking on the Mark Two, the investment was a much safer investment because we knew we had local support should we need it.” 

Matthew Hunter said, “3D printing can help offset supply chain risk putting control back in the hands of manufacturers and assisting them in getting their innovations into market faster, increasing their competitiveness.” 

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About Konica Minolta Australia   

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.   

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.    

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.   

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.   

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home  

Konica Minolta wins 12 BLI Awards for its bizhub i-Series, including ‘A3 Line of the Year’

Konica Minolta Australia

Konica Minolta’s devices stand out for reliability, quality and usability 

Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has received 12 Buyers Lab (BLI) Awards from Keypoint Intelligence, the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware, software and services. All devices acknowledged are from Konica Minolta’s new bizhub i-Series, underlining the successful relaunch of the company’s multi-functional print devices (MFP) range. In addition to 10 BLI 2021 Pick Awards for its bizhub A3 MFPs, Konica Minolta secured the BLI 2021 A3 Line of The Year Award. Based on long-term comprehensive testing, Konica Minolta was further acknowledged with the BLI 2021-2023 Most Colour Consistent A3 Brand Award. 

Companies demand consistent quality, reliability and the highest levels of usability from their office printers; it is in exactly these areas that Konica Minolta’s A3 bizhub i-Series range impressed the testers from Keypoint Intelligence. Twelve Konica Minolta bizhub A3 MFPs received the highly recommended overall rating for outstanding performance in Keypoint Intelligence lab testing. Ten of those models earned Pick Awards in their respective segments: bizhub C250i; C300i; C450i; C550i; C650i; 300i; 360i; 450i; 550i; and 750i. This earned Konica Minolta the ‘BLI 2021 A3 Line of the Year’ award. 

Mark Brown, general manager – marketing, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta is proud to receive this acknowledgment and the awards are testament to the success of Konica Minolta’s newest generation of bizhub i-Series A3 MFP devices.”  

Mark Brown said, “With smart MFPs like the bizhub i-Series, Konica Minolta continues to strengthen its position as a reliable partner for intelligent office printing with the needs of the customer at the centre of every device and service Konica Minolta creates.”  

The BLI 2021-2023 Most Colour Consistent A3 Brand Award further demonstrates that Konica Minolta’s MFPs can deliver repeatable high-quality printing results. For this award, Keypoint Intelligence analysed colour consistency for more than 20 years and included the last five years of results in this evaluation. Technicians print IT8 colour charts at specific test points throughout a device’s reliability test, which are then measured using Xrite i1Profiler software together with the i1Pro2 spectrophotometer/iO table combination.  

About Konica Minolta Australia    

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.    

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.     

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.    

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.    

For more information visit: https://www.konicaminolta.com.au/products/office-printing/office-multifunction-printers 

Konica Minolta named worldwide leader by IDC MarketScape for Print Transformation

Sydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced that it has been named a worldwide leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment for print transformation in recognition of its strong portfolio that will support customers in growing their digital maturity.

The report states: “While Konica Minolta is typically perceived as an MFP/printer vendor, the company has made considerable progress in repositioning itself as a managed services company that delivers workplace solutions. Thus, Konica Minolta’s product evolution involves a continuum of products and services including hardware, managed services, and business process automation integrated into an Intelligent Connected Workplace.”

Yohei Konaka, chairman and managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “COVID-19 and the events that have occurred throughout 2020 have accelerated digital requirements and opportunities for customers as the world stumbled through the biggest work-from-home experiment ever seen, with a focus on business continuity and resilience. The distributed workforce is here to stay, and a more connected and digital workforce will be required into the future. Konica Minolta has a role to play in helping customers realise an Intelligent Connected Workplace to better serve their own employees so they in-turn can serve their customers.”

The report also states that Konica Minolta: “…considers not only technology trends but also a broader view of both generational workforce and overarching sociological shifts. The company believes that technology needs to be human centered, so understanding the motivations, wants, and needs of the worker is essential. The company will focus on the ‘why’ when implementing new technology and not just the ‘how’. As part of this strategy, Konica Minolta is pursuing a host of nonprint-related offerings, some of which are based on partner-delivered solutions and others that are based on homegrown technologies.”

These solutions enable the Intelligent Connected Workplace of Konica Minolta’s customers, and include robotics, cloud and mobility.

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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 utilises 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 Australia 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Konica Minolta partners with Edith Cowan University to boost local manufacturing capability

Perth, Australia – Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia) has partnered with Edith Cowan University (ECU) to boost the university’s capability to meeting the growing needs for advanced manufacturing facilities in Western Australia (WA).

ECU took delivery of three Konica Minolta advanced 3D printers worth more than $400,000 earlier this year as the first step to developing an advanced additive manufacturing hub for local industry.

This included the ProJet 660Pro, the Mark Two desktop composite printer and the Markforged Metal X, which can produce fully functional complex metal parts from design to production within 72 hours.

The Markforged Metal X has the unique capability to build honeycomb structures to make parts lighter and has the potential to produce commercial grade parts, helping industry to explore applications of mass customisation.

Professor Daryoush Habibi, executive dean – School of Engineering, ECU, said, “Partnering with Konica Minolta is a positive move for ECU because of its global connections and strong support for the development of local additive manufacturing capabilities.

“ECU would like to see local companies, particularly in the mining and health sectors, be supported by a thriving manufacturing industry in WA and nationally. This year has particularly reinforced the need for local manufacturing capabilities and ECU is exploring the innovative applications for 3D printing to transform this industry.”

ECU VC Research Fellow, Dr Ana Vafadar, is using the Markforged Metal X for the design and manufacture of innovative heat exchangers.

Dr Vafadar said, “This advanced manufacturing method has significant potential to facilitate the development of high-efficiency heat exchangers due to the complex, geometric freedom this manufacturing technique offers.”

Matthew Hunter, innovation product marketing manager, Konica Minolta, said, “COVID-19 has highlighted the need for manufacturing processes to be brought back onshore and 3D printing has a significant role to play in boosting local manufacturing and supply.

“Helping ECU build its hub by providing 3D printing equipment, as well as collaborating on training and engagement days, will assist Konica Minolta in demonstrating the value that additive manufacturing has in the local market. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to 3D printing, and some equipment and material is better for some applications than others, so creating a hub equipped with multiple machines ensures the best experience.

“The hub will help the industry in multiple ways with students gaining access to real-world experience and applications, which will ultimately further advance the industry when these students enter the workforce. In addition, manufacturers in WA will be able to access the equipment as well as the engineering expertise inside ECU, to test their proofs of concept before committing to investing in 3D printing equipment of their own. Ultimately, this partnership with ECU will help drive the adoption of 3D technology in the local market.”

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About Konica Minolta Australia
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Konica Minolta selects artist for its first Reconciliation Action Plan

During a NAIDOC Week webinar held for employees, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia) announced the artist and revealed the artwork selected for the design of its first ever Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 

Konica Minolta Australia launched its RAP taskforce made up of committed representatives from its 500-strong workforce during Reconciliation Week in June 2020. The taskforce is charged with driving work in this area and will publish its first RAP later this year. 

Konica Minolta was looking for an artwork that reflected the business and its vision, and the caring and collaborative culture of the organisationto integrate into the design of its first RAP. 

Jasmine Sarina proud Kamilaroi and Jerringa woman from NSW, was chosen for her beautiful and dynamic artworkTransient – Part 1, which is part of a graphic artwork series that Jasmine created in 2018 to depict the way people move and connect through the various technological landscapes of our daily environment. It symbolises Konica Minolta’s visual commitment towards reconciliation. 

Jasmine is a self-taught visual artist and graphic designer. Her artwork tells the story of her experiences growing up and her ongoing journey in this world.  

Jasmine’s work appealed to Konica Minolta because of the natural colours and networking themes in her work as well as Jasmine’s philosophy of bringing contemporary methods and concepts to the oldest culture on earth.  

Yohei Konaka, Chairman and Managing Director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “At Konica Minolta, creating value for customers and society is at the core of our philosophy and I am pleased that we are now formalising our commitment to reconciliation. This is a natural extension of Konica Minolta’s work and commitment to equality and creating opportunities for employees, customers, and the society in which we operate through our many diversity and inclusion initiatives.  

Transient – Part 1 is a reflection of Konica Minolta Australia ‘giving shape’ to its commitment to reconciliation. We are all very excited about the opportunity to work together closely to explore the creative possibilities of combining Konica Minolta’s innovative layering print technologies with Jasmine’s cultural influences, creativity and vision.  

Konica Minolta is committed to acting as a business to contribute to the reconciliation journey between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all other people in the community, to help improve life outcomes and opportunities and to create a better future for society at large. Konica Minolta has a deep commitment to respecting human rights and, in 2018, was awarded the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights Business Award. 

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 About Konica Minolta Australia   

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.   

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.    

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.   

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.   

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home  

Konica Minolta submits its first modern slavery statement

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia (Konica Minolta Australia) has submitted its first Modern Slavery Statement for FY2019-2020, which sets out the actions it has taken to address modern slavery risks in the business and supply chain for the financial year ending 31 March 2020.

Konica Minolta Australia advocates for the eradication of all forms of Modern Slavery and played a role in the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), in Australia through evidence given to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.

The statement represents another significant milestone in Konica Minolta Australia’s advocacy and leadership in this area, demonstrating the work it has undertaken and its ongoing commitment to action and awareness.

The journey began in 2015 with the publication of the Ethical Sourcing Roadmap, followed by Konica Minolta Australia’s Human Rights Position Statement and Supplier Code of Conduct in 2016, all of which culminated in Konica Minolta Australia receiving the Anti Slavery Australia Freedom Award in 2017 and the Australian Human Rights Award for Business in 2018.

The statement also includes a number of case studies of how Konica Minolta has worked and aims to continue working with its suppliers, old and new, from the tender process for its new sensitive freight logistics supplier, which incorporated ethical sourcing requirements, to the engagement with its uniform supplier at their premises in Sydney.

Yohei Konaka, Managing Director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta Australia recognises the significant human cost of modern slavery, which involves serious crimes and grave forms of human rights abuses. We are committed to providing support to victims of modern slavery and related harms and amplifying their voices and lived experiences through our engagement with community partners and multi-stakeholder initiatives.”

Konica Minolta has identified three broad categories within its supply chain and conducts ongoing human rights due diligence across these areas, to identify and address the risks of modern slavery:

  1. Offices, operations and service providers. This includes logistics and warehousing, cleaning, professional services and its offshore customer support call centre.
  2. Goods and services it sells. This includes KMI manufactured products and third party products including 3D printers and wide format printers.
  3. Goods it doesn’t sell. This includes brand-affiliated merchandise and uniforms.

Konica Minolta Australia assesses the effectiveness of its actions through a constant focus on the purpose of the legislation and its program of action, which

is to build, implement and manage a program of continuous improvement that delivers on Konica Minolta Australia’s commitment to ethical sourcing

and protecting human rights in its operations and supply chains and combatting modern slavery.

Yohei Konaka said, “Konica Minolta Australia is committed to working with its suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure it has a positive social impact on those within its sphere of influence and has for many years both in Australia, and globally, been working to protect and support human rights within its business, supply chain and community.”

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About Konica Minolta Australia

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Konica Minolta expands APAC presence with direct operation in New Zealand

AucklandNew Zealand – Konica Minolta is expanding its presence with a new direct operation in New Zealand. 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions New Zealand Limited (Konica Minolta New Zealand) will be led by Managing Director Eric Holtsmark, a former general manager at Konica Minolta Australia for strategy, transformation and technology. Holtsmark brings with him a wealth of experience in technology, production print and establishing new businesses. In establishing a direct presence in the region, he is focused on delivering customer value with innovative solutions and services that can help New Zealand businesses drive digital transformation.  

Eric Holtsmark, Managing Director, Konica Minolta New Zealand, said, “There is a huge opportunity in New Zealand made possible by a long history of success of the Konica Minolta brand in the region. This was largely driven by channel partners and customers that are dedicated users of Konica Minolta technology. Opening a direct operation will provide a way for existing, loyal users to directly access Konica Minolta’s range of technology and solutions. It will also strengthen our strategic alliance with our distributor for the A3 office range of multifunction printers, Brother International (NZ) Limited, so we are very excited about that.” 

Konica Minolta New Zealand will offer a broad range of products and services locally, initially focusing on its core business in office and production print. It will also be working with several strategic partners to provide software and solutions including print and document management and data migration. 

Over the last few months Konica Minolta New Zealand has been building a local, highly experienced team, hiring technicians and salespeople to ensure that it is ready to service customers from day one. Konica Minolta Australia will also provide resources to support the expansion. 

Yohei Konaka, Managing Director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta has many loyal customers in New Zealand and we’re very happy to now see a direct presence in this country. Konica Minolta is one of the world’s most sustainable companies with a strong commitment to creating value for customers and society, and the communities in which we operate. Having a local operation in New Zealand marks a new era for Konica Minolta and its customers and we’re looking forward to bringing Konica Minolta’s products, people, ideas and innovation directly to the New Zealand market. 

Konica Minolta New Zealand will also be active in corporate social responsibility, in line with the company’s global philosophy around adding value to the communities in which it operates. 

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions New Zealand Limited

Konica Minolta Business Solutions New Zealand Limited (Konica Minolta New Zealand) is a market-leading provider of proven print technology and solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education, commercial print and manufacturing.It is committed to the Konica Minolta global philosophy of delivering customer value and driving digital transformation. 

Konica Minolta New Zealand helps organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today. Konica Minolta New Zealand offers a broad range of office and production print products and services with efficient client support and service. It also has a number of strategic relationships to deliver software and solutions which include print and document management and data migration.  

Konica Minolta New Zealand is part of one of the world’s most sustainable companies with a strong commitment to creating value for customers and society, and the communities in which it operates.   

For more information visit: https://www.konicaminolta.com/nz-en/ 

Konica Minolta provides a dedicated accounting module for small businesses with the launch of Document Navigator

Konica Minolta Australia has announced the availability of Document Navigator, which includes a dedicated accounting module for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). 

Offering intelligent document capture, processing and delivery, Document Navigator provides seamless electronic workflows for paper-based documents. This simple and flexible capture solution manages document-based processes easily and reliably, letting office workers concentrate on the essentials of their business. 

With Document Navigator, Konica Minolta is rolling out new functionality in response to customer demand with a new accounting module as well as improving and simplifying usability of the software. The accounting module supports native accounting and billing while authenticating to the device by assigning different policies to a subset of devices, users and domains, which can be monitored and reported on. 

Shane Blandford, director of innovation, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “In SMEs across Australia, employees spend considerable time on recurring tasks every day. Documents need to be scanned, processed and delivered to one or more destinations, such as another department, a customer relationship management (CRM) system or an electronic archiving solution. All of these administrative tasks involve a lot of manual intervention for each individual document. 

Document Navigator’s intelligent document capabilities ensure fully automatic document workflows. They make internal procedures faster and more productive, helping to reduce costs and letting SMEs concentrate on their core business rather than administrative procedures.  

Shane Blandford said, “As SMEs begin their road to recovery following COVID-19, efficiencies and productivity improvements made possible by innovative technology will be key to their ongoing success. Document Navigator is one of those innovative technologies that will free up valuable resources for the benefit of the business.” 

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About Konica Minolta Australia   

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.   

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.    

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.   

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.   

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home  

Yohei Konaka takes the reigns of Konica Minolta Australia

Yohei Konaka has now officially taken on the role of managing director of Konica Minolta Australia effective immediately, following a delay in his official appointment due to COVID-19. 

Over the past six months, Yohei Konaka has been working remotely with outgoing managing director Dr David Cooke and the executive team. He has been using this time to understand the Australian market, which has given him a valuable head start on creating a vision for the next 12 months, and beyond. 

In his 20 years with the company, Yohei Konaka has held appointments in the United States and Canada in sales and strategic planningMost recently he held a senior role in the Digital Workplace Business at Konica Minolta Inc. in Japan, working on the development of key initiatives to contribute to the company’s digital transformation strategy. 

Yohei Konaka said, “I look forward to taking on this role and continuing to drive the legacy that Dr David Cooke has left, as well as looking at ways to drive Konica Minolta Australia into the future. There is no doubt that the global pandemic has resulted in a challenging and changing business environment, and it is important for Konica Minolta Australia, and its customers, to consider the way forward from here to ensure success. 

Dr David Cooke will stay on for two months in a consultancy role, where he will continue to help Yohei Konaka onboard and meet with employees, customers and partnerswhere possible face-to-face, and where not possible, virtuallyto ensure a smooth transition. 

Konica Minolta Australia has developed a reputation as a company that cares about its employees, customers and the community, and one that’s deeply committed to ethical leadership and creating societal value. 

Yohei Konaka said, “Undeniably, an important part of my role will be to continue this ethos in Australia in line with the global position of creating value for customers and society, and the communities in which we operate.” 

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About Konica Minolta Australia  

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.  

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.   

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.  

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.  

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