Pressemeldinger om Konica / Minolta fusjonen

Konica Minolta – Integration in Europe

Langenhagen, August 5th, 2003

By integrating the two companies in Europe, Konica and Minolta are eager to expand the business by creating new value to their customers. This goal is achieved by offering innovative products and related support services based on advanced technology and reliability.

As stated in the management visions:

• Innovative corporation that continues to create impressions in the field of imaging
• A global market leader that offers advanced technology and reliability

These are the ultimate goals of the world wide corporate group Konica Minolta. To achieve these goals, Konica Minolta has started to work out the clear corporate group strategy in Europe.
Integration of both companies in Europe shall be realised on 1st October 2003 and afterwards, due to the time needed for the corporate registration of the newly integrated companies according to legal requirements on a country by country basis.
The key local management teams of both companies are now tackling the new subjects with every moment to create new value for customers through out Europe and also in each respective country. Taking this opportunity as the momentum of the integration process builds, it can not be stressed strongly enough how very proud Konica and Minolta is of their employees, who are very busy preparing the integration by optimising individual expert knowledge cultivated in the respective companies. This foundation of knowledge and experience is surely both companies’ best wealth when looking towards the future.

Konica Minolta’s new corporate group can create new value to the customers as the official integration progresses, and will be able to fulfil the new company mission with the concrete corporate strategy to fit the European market.

New Consolidated Holdings Company: Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.

Tokyo, Osaka (August 5, 2003) --- Konica Corporation (Fumio Iwai, president) and Minolta Co., Ltd. (Yoshikatsu Ota, president) will be inaugurating Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., a new consolidated holdings company formed by their management integration, on August 5, 2003

This new consolidated holdings company is the outcome of "the letter of intent for the management integration " signed on January 7, 2003 by both Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd. In accordance with their Boards of Directors, this merger also results from the contracted stock exchange approved by both companies on May 15, 2003. Approval to enter into this agreement was received at the general shareholders’ meetings held by Konica Corporation on June 25, 2003, and Minolta Co., Ltd. on June 27, 2003.

As previously announced, under the management of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., the Company will be working to simultaneously reorganize its operations in the fields and businesses relating to image information products, optical products, cameras, photo imaging, and instrument systems. In addition, the management strives to keep the Company a center for technology, and will use its business expertise to concentrate on the strategic and managerial functions of the Group as a whole. This reorganization is targeted for completion by October 1, 2003, and will serve as the basis for the formation of a new corporate group.


1. Background and Objectives of the Management Integration
The imaging industry continues to experience rapid enhancements in digitization, networking, technology and product developments, and market needs are changing drastically. In order to survive amidst today's global competition, we must aggressively pursue and secure strategic alliances that mutually enhance each company’s strengths.

The inauguration of the new holdings company, as a result of this integration of management, will combine the respective strengths of Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd., to enhance both the competitive business capabilities and earning capacity of the company. Furthermore, this integration will maximize corporate value by providing the opportunity to manage the new corporate portfolio. One of the primary, immediate objectives of this management integration is to ensure a strong and solid position within the industry.

The new company will also adopt a company-with-committee system that allows the “separation of management audit” by the executive team, and establishes a highly transparent managerial system.


2. Overview of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
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1) Management Philosophy: The Creation of New Value
2) Management Visions:

• Innovative corporation that continues to create impressions in the field of imaging
• A global market leader that offers advanced technology and reliability.

3) Corporate Slogan: “The essentials of imaging”
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1) Trade Name: Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
2) Description of Business:
As a holdings company of the Konica Minolta Group, Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. will handle the control of Group business through the corporate portfolio management as well as the management of corporate strategies, finances, and other areas of lateral business management for the Group as a whole, with the goal of maximizing corporate value.
3) Location of Corporate Headquarters:
Marunouchi Center Building, 1-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo *From August 5, 2003 through August 24, 2003 Shinjuku Nomura Building, 26-2, Nishishinjuku 1-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
4) Corporate Representatives:
President & Representative Executive Officer: Fumio Iwai
Vice President & Representative Executive Officer: Yoshikatsu Ota
5) Number of Executives: 12 Directors, 26 Executive Officers (including five who also serve as directors)
6) Number of Employees: approximately 150
7) Capital: Yen 37,519,000,000
8) Total Number of Shares Authorized to be Issued: 1.2 billion
9) Closing Date: Once a year on March 31


3. Changes in the Number of Shares Constituting One Voting Unit The number of shares constituting one voting unit will be changed based on the contract for the stock exchange, which was signed based on a decision of the Board of Directors meetings of both Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd. held on May 15, 2003, and the signing of which was approved by the general shareholders’ meetings held by Konica Corporation on June 25, 2003, and Minolta Co., Ltd. on June 27, 2003.
1) Reason for the Change
This change is being implemented to further promote the distribution of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. stock and to broaden the investor base.
2) Details of the Change
The number of shares constituting one voting unit will be changed from 1,000 shares to 500 shares.
3) Date of Change Implementation
August 5, 2003
* The units of exchange for Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. on the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya Stock Exchanges will also be changed to 500 shares as of August 5, 2003.

This press release is a direct translation of the Japanese press release.

More information:
Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. Web Site
Web Site Opening 9:00 AM on August 5, 2003, Japan Standard Time,
URL: http://konicaminolta.jp

Konica Minolta -- Establishment of a New Logo

Tokyo, Osaka (August 5, 2003) --- Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (Fumio Iwai, President & Representative Executive Officer ) will be inaugurated on August 5, 2003, as a new holdings company formed through an exchange of stock by Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd. In conjunction with the inauguration of this new company, the new Konica Minolta Group logo will officially go into use on the 5th of August. Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. will also begin incorporating this logo into the corporate logos of each of the Group companies, and applying the logo to the products and services provided by each of the companies.


Konica Minolta Management Philosophy and Vision

Management Philosophy: The Creation of New Value
Management Visions:

• Innovative corporation that continues to create impressions in the field of imaging
• A global market leader that offers advanced technology and reliability.

Corporate Slogan: “The essentials of imaging”

Concept behind the New Logo

The new logo consists of a graphical image and a logo typeface, and the design expresses the values that Konica Minolta provides to its customers.

Logo Mark

The “Globe Mark”, resembling the elliptical shape of the earth, represents the limitless expansion of Konica Minolta and the new value it offers to customers around the world.

The oval form represents the reliability and sense of security the Company provides its customers, balanced by the extensive technological capabilities of the Company. The five beams of
light represent the extensive capabilities of the company in the field of imaging.

The blue color of this logo mark expresses ingenious innovation, and the color has been aptly named “Innovation Blue”.

Logotype

This logotype is an expression of the precision and quality of the technologies and products created by Konica Minolta in the field of imaging. It simultaneously confirms the brand will continue to bring fresh innovations to customers.

With this new symbolic logo, the Konica Minolta Group aims to continuously provide new value, and become an essential company to its customers.

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