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Konica Minolta’s coronavirus continuity plan kicks in

February 14, 2020

Konica Minolta, Inc. and its Group companies have been responding to the coronavirus that broke out in Wuhan, China, factories resumed work on 10 February, however, some Wuhan employees are still working from home.

The Konica Minolta Group said it works on maintaining the health and safety of the people working for the Group and their families, making efforts to prevent the infection from spreading and carrying on with provision of products and services that can meet the needs of customers and society at large, in accordance with guidance and instructions of the Chinese and local governments, as well as those of the Japanese government.

Under that policy, Konica Minolta launched its Group BCP (Business Continuity Plan) system on 28 January.

The Konica Minolta Group operates in China in development and manufacturing for the global markets, while selling business technologies products and services and healthcare equipment, among others, within the Chinese market. Though Konica Minolta has no development or production facilities in Wuhan, it has a sales and services branch for business technologies and measuring instruments there.

Konica Minolta’s primary production facilities in China reside in Wuxi, Dongguan, and Dalian, all of which are away from Wuhan, with other manufacturing sites in Shanghai’s Songjiang District and Xiamen. The Chinese sales companies are headquartered in Shanghai. Sales and services branches spread across the country.

The operations in China resumed work from 10 February after the government-instructed suspension had ended, except the branch in Wuhan. Some employees are working remotely from home.

For the company’s primary sector, Business Technologies businesses, their production facilities in China resumed the operations from 10 February. The factories have been working closely with each supplier for procurement of parts necessary for production.

The Group’s sales companies are well stocked, including on-hand inventory and on-board inventory shipped from China before the Lunar New Year holiday, and ready to meet the demand and orders from dealers and customers.

As toner and other consumables are also widely available, from production in Japan and other countries outside China, customers are able to keep using the Konica Minolta products with no interference, Konica Minolta added.

Konica Minolta said it keeps a close eye on the outbreak’s development and if there are any major changes, the company will make further announcements.

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