Effects of Coronavirus in China on Konica Minolta
January 31, 2020
Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) and its Group companies have been responding to the coronavirus that broke out in Wuhan, China, in accordance with guidance and instructions of the Chinese and local governments, as well as those of the Japanese government, as follows:
1. Operations of Group companies in China after 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. 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.
2. 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. 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.
3. Additional assistance for employees in China
Supporting the local employees’ needs for health and safety, the company is working on providing masks and non-contact medical thermometer for the Group companies in China.
Konica Minolta keeps a close eye on the outbreak’s development and update the notice if its responses are to go through a major change.
(1) In the lead paragraph, “in accordance with guidance and instructions of the Chinese and local government, as well as those of the Japanese government” has been inserted for clarification. As part of the second paragraph of “1. Operations of Group companies in China after Lunar New Year holiday” became redundant with the insertion, “in accordance with the Chinese and local governments” was deleted. [February 3, 2020]
(2) At the time of the web publication on January 31, 2020, the exception in resuming operations after the Lunar New Year was incorrectly translated as “the healthcare business in Dalian, Hong Kong and Xiamen”. The exception is on the healthcare business Xiamen and overall, including non-healthcare businesses, in Hong Kong. Operations Dalian is suspended until February 9, in accordance with guidance and instruction of its local government. Accordingly, the exception is updated as “operations in Hong Kong and the healthcare business in Xiamen”. [February 3, 2020]