Press release Konica Minolta and Raber+Märcker sign share purchase agreement Langenhagen/Germany, December 7th, 2012 Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH signed a share purchase agreement with Raber+Märcker Beteiligungs GmbH regarding Raber+Märcker GmbH from Stuttgart. Raber+Märcker belongs to the leading software and system houses for integrated IT solutions in Germany. With this strategic investment Konica Minolta takes over the majority-interest of 80 percent on this IT company. The existing shareholders will keep their interests of 20 percent furthermore. One of the core strategies of Konica Minolta is to provide high added value solutions to customers. The Raber+Märcker group offers high expertized Business Process Consultancy (BPC) and system integrations which fit to the different customer demand (vertical solutions). With this strategic investment Konica Minolta pursues the target to offer added value business applications and IT infrastructure solutions together with Optimized Print Services (OPS). Together with the Raber+Märcker group, Konica Minolta can cover IT and printing solution demand to SMB/SME customers as well as to enterprise customers. As operational directors, Uwe Brand and Hansjörg Schäfer will also manage the IT company in future. Konica Minolta and Raber+Märcker will continue separately and operate together in a close partnership at the market. The majority-interest is completely seen under the strategy of Konica Minolta to push and expand its IT business. Therefore Raber+Märcker will be the platform for further growth of IT business and IT investments. In this context Konica Minolta Business Solutions Deutschland GmbH also signed a company sales agreement with Raber+Märcker GmbH regarding R+M Graphik GmbH. Konica Minolta acquires 100 percent of interests on the printing technology company. All further information will be distributed after approval of this transaction by the Federal Cartel Authority – expected in January 2013.
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About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Germany Konica Minolta Business Solutions Germany GmbH is a leading supplier of complete solutions for corporate printing and document workflows in the B2B area. As a project and solution expert, the company from Langenhagen, near Hanover, offers complete packages, consisting of hard- and software solutions, service and support. The hardware solutions include colour and b/w multifunctional systems, laser printers and production systems for the brands Konica Minolta and DEVELOP. With Optimized Print Services, Konica Minolta opened up a new strategic business field in 2010 and is setting new standards in the area of Managed Print Services. Seven years after entering the digital production printing market, the company is now among the top three suppliers in this area. Konica Minolta Germany guarantees customer proximity and professional project management via direct and indirect distribution channels. The direct sales area has five target group-specific customer divisions with around 320 employees and 90 consulting and support specialists at 26 locations throughout Germany. On top of that, there are more than 500 qualified service technicians and a central team of experts. The indirect sales area is made up of around 400 partners. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Germany GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH. The head office in Langenhagen is under the management of Ken Osuga (President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe), G端nther Schnitzler (President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Germany) and Johannes Bischof (President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Austria). The European head office is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Technologies Inc. with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. With around 28,500 employees throughout the world, Konica Minolta Business Technologies generated net turnover of more than 5 billion euros in fiscal year 2011/2012.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. The company delivers services and distributes products, systems and solutions that fulfil all the requirements of office and production printing over the entire document life cycle. Its product range extends from colour and monochrome multifunctional and production printing systems, laser printers and all-in-ones to management software that integrates devices seamlessly into work processes and IT environments. To support customers such as printing and industrial companies optimally with powerful and sustainable solutions, technology leader Konica Minolta continuously invests in research and development work and regularly sets new standards for the entire printing industry. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 50 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). With over 28,500 employees around the world, Konica Minolta Business Technologies earned net sales of over EUR 5.0 billion in financial year 2011/12. For further information about the company, visit www.konicaminolta.eu. Product images are available at www.konicaminolta-images.eu. About the Raber+Märcker Group The Raber+Märcker Group has developed around Raber+Märcker GmbH in Stuttgart, one of Germany’s leading system houses. With its 300 employees, the group of companies dedicates itself to the industrial, commercial and service sectors as well as the public service and serves more than 5,000 small and medium-sized companies. Customers have access to Raber+Märcker GmbH, together with its subsidiaries NAVIGATE GmbH Systeme und Consulting, R+M Business Software GmbH, 360 Business Software + Systeme GmbH, R+M Business Software and Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsinformatik mbH, at its locations in Stuttgart, Erlangen, Kiel, Hanover, Neu-Ulm, Cologne, Siegen and Karlsruhe. The employees of all the companies are constantly exchanging technical knowledge and practical experience. The Group’s corporate objective is to innovatively improve organisational procedures and to deliver top-class services. With efficient printing and copying solutions, infrastructure from Fujitsu Technology Solutions and NetApp, as well as futureoriented software solutions from market-leading partners such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV, P&I and d.velop, the Raber+Märcker Group optimises complex procedures at small and medium-sized companies. www.raber-maercker.de Terms and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
Contact Melanie Olbrich Konica Minolta Business Solutions Germany GmbH Europaallee 17, 30855 Langenhagen, Germany Phone: +49 (0)511 7404-5853 Melanie.Olbrich@KonicaMinolta.de Silke Z체hlke Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH Europaallee 17, 30855 Langenhagen, Germany Phone: +49 (0)511 7404-5604 Silke.Zuehlke@konicaminolta.eu Raber+M채rcker GmbH Mittlerer Pfad 1, 70499 Stuttgart, Germany Phone: +49 (0)711 - 13 85-0 firstname.lastname@example.org R+M Graphik GmbH Mittlerer Pfad 1, 70499 Stuttgart Phone: +49 (0)711 - 13 85-0 email@example.com