Konica Minolta and Develop distributors worldwide gathered at the Manila Dusit Hotel on May 29 to 30 for the Konica Minolta Conference 2017, with the theme “The Year of Hybrid Value” which emphasized creating greater value for customers through combinations of software and machine solutions. The conference was attended by a total of 118 participants from 14 subsidiaries and 27 distributors. It was the first time that this annual conference was held in Manila.
Among the topics in the conference was Konica Minolta’s thrust to gain leadership in the Production Printing markets with the official launching of the new Develop Ineo+2070, a 70 ppm model that replaces the best-selling Ineo+1070 model. Also presented were KM’s early successes in its foray in the Industrial Printing market, with its acquisition of MGI to strengthen its offering of digital print finishing in the graphic arts and packaging market.
During the official dinner on May 29, Konica Minolta bestowed to Copylandia “The Best Performer in Asia” award, as a recognition of Copylandia’s success in making Develop digital presses and Develop multifunction copiers market leaders in the Philippine market, and besting all the distributors in the region. Mr. Ken Osuga, Konica Minolta’s Senior Executive Officer, gave the award to Mr. Feliciano A. Juarez, Jr., President of Copylandia, in behalf of Konica Minolta President and CEO, Mr. Shoei Yamana, who had to go back to Tokyo after gracing the opening of the conference. Before his departure, Mr. Yamana personally thanked Mr. Juarez for Copylandia’s efforts in successfully promoting Develop production printers and copiers, manufactured by Konica Minolta.
After the workshop sessions in the morning of May 30, participants were treated out to their tour of choice: the Panoramic Tagaytay Tour, the Old and New Manila Sightseeing Tour, or the Mega Shopping and Casino Tour. In the evening, the participants were treated to a dinner at the Peninsula Hotel, where they were treated to Filipino food, dance and music making their Manila trip truly unforgettable.
From Right to Left:
Jonathan Yeo, General Manager KM Business Solutions-Asia; Masahiko Ookubo, KM Philippine Representative;
Yutaka Iwamoto, Deputy General Manager, KM BSA; Tadayuki Funakura, KM-Asia Managing Director; Feliciano A. Juarez, Jr., Copylandia President; Bernadette Juarez, Copylandia Executive Vice President; Ken Osuga, Senior Executive Officer; and Osafumi Kawamura, General Manager KM Business Planning Division.