Konica Minolta halts Chinese operations due to coronavirus

The coronavirus has forced Konica Minolta to halt development, production and sales in China until February 9 with the suspension not affecting operations in Hong Kong and the healthcare business in Xiamen.

The global technology giant issued a statement confirming the move that it has “suspended operations in development, production and sales in China until February 9” following the coronavirus outbreak.

The deadly coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, China, and due to its widespread effects across China and the rest of the world, the global printing technology giant decided to make the amendments following the Lunar New Year holiday.

“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,” the company said, in a statement.

“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. Sales and services branches spread across the country.

“The company suspends its operations in development, production and sales in China until February 9, 2020, except operations in Hong Kong and the healthcare business in Xiamen.”

In addition, the company has also blocked employee travel in and out of China.

“No employees travel into Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located. Other travels to China and Hong Kong are banned, unless urgent and imperative,” it said.

“Japanese and foreign employees who are stationed in China and now at home for the Lunar New Year holiday must stay there until the Chinese operations resume. Their family members who are also at home is postponing their return trip to China.

“For Japanese and foreign employees who remain in China during the holiday, the company directed their family members to come home temporarily.”

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