Konica Minolta named investor of the year in the Czech Republic for 2015
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Czech, spol. S.r.o. has been recognized by the Association for Foreign Investment (AFI) and CzechInvest for its significant achievement in the field of investments in 2015 in the Czech Republic. The assignment of the award acknowledges the establishment of the Business Innovation Centre (BIC) and Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe (KMLE) in the country, where a focus on innovation and Research and Development (R&D) activities has allowed for investment in people and ideas. These centers are a further step in Konica Minolta’s transformation to a digital company creating new value for people and society.
The AFI Award is annually appointed to a company that has shown significant achievement in the field of investment. "The establishment of BIC and KMLE in Brno has captured our attention for its potential development of skilled jobs in the South Moravian Region. We also appreciated the choice of the company to locate its European center for research and development in the Czech Republic" said Kamil Blazek, chairman of AFI. An awards ceremony was held on 25 October 2016 in Prague, to announce the competition’s result, with the participation of the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade, Jan Mládek.
Konica Minolta has become an important contributor to the industrial development of the South Moravian Region. It cooperates with universities in Brno, the South Moravian Innovation Centre, local partners and with other local start-ups. It is active in all stages of the process of creating new products: from research and design through development, to testing and implementation of new solutions.
The establishment of these R&D and Innovation centers has required an investment of approximately 40 million CZK. Konica Minolta has selected Brno from more than forty other European cities, not only for its strategic location, but also due to the significant number of high-quality partners and IT professionals in the region. Moreover, this year, we have invested an additional 91.000 CZK reinforcing the research team. Both centers are of fundamental importance for the future development of the company in Europe. The AFI award reinforces the importance Konica Minolta has placed on investment in Europe, not only for the company but for the IT research community.
Konica Minolta focuses on Innovation, Research and Development in Brno
The Research and Development team within Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe, in combination with the Open Innovation projects managed by BIC, engage the work of more than 60 highly qualified Czech IT professionals and scientists. The centers focus primarily on the development of innovative technologies and services in the field such as augmented reality, smart systems and digital workplace. The results of the activities developed in BIC and KMLE contribute to the transformation of products and services in the global portfolio of Konica Minolta in order to increase customers’ engagement and satisfaction. "The long-term objective of the research center is to further develop our products and services within the sector of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)", said Matej Dusik, R&D Strategy and Technology Manager of Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe in Brno.
About Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe (KMLE)
Since its establishment in 1873, Konica Minolta has had a long history of innovation and is now expanding its business in various fields including the digital workplace, healthcare, sensors and information automation, and business technologies. For Konica Minolta, innovation and research are key elements for creating new value for society overall. With this ambitious objective, in 2015, Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe (KMLE) was established as part of the Konica Minolta Corporate R&D. With its headquarters in London and a R&D laboratory in Brno, Czech Republic, it is continuing to grow, with a second KMLE centre focusing on healthcare technologies opening in Munich, Germany, later this year.Leveraging the long standing and robust experience of Konica Minolta, KMLE is the hub where innovative solutions in the field of information and communications technology come to life to transform the next generation of products and services from Konica Minolta. Working in close collaboration with Business Innovation Centre Europe and other external research organizations, Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe takes advantage of the most advanced technologies to support new business opportunities driven by innovation and customers’ needs.