Konica Minolta Explosion Cause Identified
One month after the second explosion occurred at its Tatsuno Factory, Konica Minolta unveils the investigation regarding the cause, as well as some updates on plans for resuming production and domestic toner supply.
The updates are as follows:
Cause identification and countermeasures
Both of the two accidents occurred in the secondary drying process in the toner production process. After the August 12 accident, it took time to collect and analyze data. As a result of in-house investigation including objective advice from a third-party organization, we have decided it is highly likely that the static electricity generated in this drying process was the cause of the dust explosion.
As a measure to resume production, we introduced a new production process that does not use the secondary drying process, with the aim of eliminating the risk of accidents and ensuring safety.
Plans for resuming production
At Kofu Factory, the risk assessment by experts has currently been under way. With confirmation that the assessment ends with no problem, we will resume production of toners in this new production process on October 18. Tatsuno Factory also goes through similar risk assessment and, in addition to explanations to fire departments and other relevant authorities, we will hold an explanatory session for local residents. Resumption of toner production at Tatsuno Factory is planned on November 8. Shipments of products are scheduled to begin on October 28 at Kofu Factory, which mainly produces toners for office products, and on November 20 at the Tatsuno Factory, which mainly produces toners for on-demand digital printing systems. We will endeavor to ensure that our customers can use our products.
Domestic toner supply (in Japan)
Supply of toners for office products continues so that customers can continue to print. Regarding toners for on-demand digital printing systems, we are trying to recover at an early stage, including adoption of alternative toners. As for some color toners, with our sincere apology, we have no choice but to halt new orders. By resuming production, we will start supply sequentially from around November 20. Until that time, we will continue to provide support for the business continuity of our customers. For monochrome machines, toner supply will keep running, while adjusting the shipment volume.
The Konica Minolta Group takes the accidents seriously and will continue to strive to ensure the safety of the community. At the same time, we would like to express our sincere apologies for the accidents, which caused concerns and inconvenience to our customers due to a shortage in the supply of toners. We also ask for understanding and support as we work to resume production in the future.
“We sincerely apologize for the considerable inconvenience and concerns among local residents, relevant authorities, and customers who use our products,” said the spokesman of Konica Minolta.
- Konica Minolta Japan Factory Reports Fire
- Konica Minolta Suffers Decline in FY 2020
- Konica Minolta Recognized MPS Leader
- Is A3 Market Share Relevant to Konica Minolta’s Future? NO
- Konica Minolta Awarded for Digital Service
- Konica Minolta Won 12 BLI Awards
Please leave your comments below for the story “Konica Minolta Explosion Cause Identified.”