Under the governmental restrictions until March 31, the Business Technologies’ Malaysian factory (Malacca) has halted operation since March 18. However, Konica Minolta’s recovering factories in China are going to play a role in complementing Malaysian production.
The company’s Business Technologies businesses in Wuxi and Dongguan in China has resumed China resumed their manufacturing and shipping operations from February 10.
The recovery has been swift. The factories have been working closely with each supplier for procurement of parts necessary for production. In China, factories for other Business Units (Dalian, Shanghai’s Songjiang District and Xiamen) have also been operating well.
The Konica Minolta Group has also been focused on maintaining the health and safety of its employees.
In-depth notice about response to infectious diseases has been given to employees and the company has been implementing daily commute during off-peak hours and working remotely. The actions are adopted in accordance with business environment of each country, company and business units. In countries and regions where restrictions on transportation are imposed by the federal or local government, the employees work remotely as a rule.
Travels into China has been banned, while travels to other countries have been restrained as much as possible by utilizing alternative tools such as video conference. Since Japan and many countries’ government imposed move restrictions on incoming and returning travelers after their entry, overseas travels are practically being halted. Travels into Japan has also been banned.
Events hosted by Konica Minolta has been cancelled or postponed.
Business Continuity Plan
When the infection started spreading in China in January 2020, Konica Minolta launched Business Continuity Plan (BCP) with China and Japan in the center.
Since then, the world has seen rapid changes and larger effects, including governmental restrictions, in response to the fast spread of the infection in many countries.
From this month, the Konica Minolta Group has shifted into a new stage to make and execute the BCP in each country across the world. Group companies drive agile initiatives in response to their local situation, while headquarters builds up support systems including information sharing. On a close global collaboration, the group will further focus on minimizing effects to the customers, suppliers and business partners.