Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., a new company that reportedly combines the strengths of Konica Photo Imaging, Inc. and Minolta Corporation, announced the official start of business operations in the U.S. effective Oct. 1, 2003. Minolta veteran Henry Okamura was named president of the newly formed business unit, headquartered in Mahwah, NJ, U.S., according to the company. Simultaneously, Konica executive Yasuo Matsumoto, was selected to lead a separate business operation focused on office copiers and other business-related technologies known as Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. consists of three sales divisions that will each continue to maintain normal business operations as they have in the past, said the company. These are the Camera Division, headed by Yoshi Ito, president, the Photo Imaging Division, headed by Bob Striano, president, and the Instrument Systems Division, headed by Kaoru Morishita, general manager.
According to Mr. Okamura, "Clearly the new company is well positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities ahead and offer more to our dealers and consumers as a complete imaging company from input through output."
Products and imaging services provided by Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. will adopt the new Konica Minolta Group logo, said the company. Cameras will continue to be branded Minolta and film will continue to be branded Konica. Additionally, said the company, the corporate message, "The essentials of imaging," which expresses Konica Minolta's goal to deliver innovative products and services to its customers, will be utilized by all Konica Minolta business units worldwide.
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