Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd. (Noritsu Koki) and Konica Minolta
Photo Imaging Inc. (Konica Minolta PI) have reached an agreement to
consign service and maintenance operations of Konica Minolta brand*
minilabs and peripheral equipment to Noritsu Koki, and have signed a
basic agreement today.
Minilabs are mainly installed in retail photo shops to develop color
films and to print digital photo images, and are contributing to
improving efficiency and convenience of photofinishing. Thanks to the
convenience they provide, minilabs became indispensable for photo
industry and the total number of minilabs installed worldwide is
presumed to be 150,000 units.
Noritsu Koki, as a leading manufacturer of minilabs and peripheral
equipment, has always made efforts in meeting the needs of customers
and developed attractive products full of unique know-how and ideas. In
addition, by establishing proprietary sales and service channels,
Noritsu Kokis products have been well-accepted in 180
countries and have been ensuring satisfaction to various customers
worldwide. Furthermore, Noritsu Koki is always endeavoring to quickly
perceive customer needs and reflect them directly in the development of
products and services.
Konica Minolta Group, in order to concentrate in its core
business technologies business and its strategic
optics and display devices business on the basis
of selection and concentration, has decided to
withdraw from its photo business. In this relation, Konica Minolta PI
will cease production of minilabs by the end of March 2006. Since
Konica Minolta PI would like to ensure the continuous maintenance of
existing minilabs it has sold to-date even after ceasing production,
Konica Minolta PI decided to consign its headquarters
service and maintenance operations for Konica Minolta brand* minilabs
and peripheral equipment installed worldwide (excluding certain areas)
to Noritsu Koki. As for the service and maintenance currently provided
by Konica Minolta PIs sales companies, they will be
considered individually by regions later.
On the basis of the agreement reached today, Noritsu Koki will succeed
service and maintenance operations of Konica Minolta brand* minilabs
and peripheral equipment as of April 1, 2006 onward.
*Konica Minolta brand includes Konica brand as well.