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Minolta recognised for developing local expertise.

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Minolta recognised for developing local expertise

Minolta Co Ltd (Minolta) has been recognised for its industry development activities in the Australian information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston congratulated Minolta on receiving a Certificate of Recognition for its contribution to the sector since July 1996.

Minolta-which manufactures image information products such as photocopiers, cameras and other optical products-has shown a strong ongoing commitment to developing and supporting Australian expertise.

Minolta Business Equipment Australia Pty Ltd (MBEA) commenced operations in Australia in December 1994 as a supplier of photocopiers and facsimiles. Key activities undertaken by

Minolta include:

international sourcing (exports)-a program aimed at identifying opportunities for hardware/software production in Australia leading to exports; ●

strategic alliances-support for local software development primarily by ARC R&D Pty Ltd, a supplier of educational software; ●

regional support activities-providing training services and packages for the Asia Pacific region, pursuing opportunities for extension of MinOz technical support tool into the Asia Pacific region and remote diagnostics development; and


technology transfer-transferring digital technology know-how from Japan and ongoing skills development for MBEA distributors. ●

The development of relationships with key service providers like Minolta, along with initiatives such as the ICT facilitation package for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), are two key examples of the Commonwealth Government's commitment to expansion and development of the ICT industry in Australia.

Under simplified industry development arrangements, ICT suppliers to Government have reduced reporting and compliance requirements but are expected to engage in the Australian industry and where appropriate, utilise the skills and capabilities of Australian SMEs in the research, development and delivery of ICT products and services.

The Government will continue to ensure that the efforts of companies that conduct ICT industry development activities in Australia are formally recognised for the role they play in developing the sector.


Media contact: Simon Troeth 02 6277 7480 or 0439 425 373 Website:

266/02 25 November 2002