Konica Minolta has announced that it will stop selling digital cameras in Canada and cease operations in that market with immediate effect. The company will only continue to provide film, single use cameras and inkjet paper in Canada, which will be available from new distributor Phototrader Inc. Konica Minolta is considering selling cameras through Phototrader's website, but nothing has been confirmed. The company announced plans to liquidate a wholly-owned Canadian unit at the beginning of last month and said it would not affect its financial forecast.

Announcement:

Dear Konica Minolta Consumer,

Effective October 1, 2005, Konica Minolta Photo Imaging Canada, Inc. will cease its operations in the Canadian market only. All other world-wide Konica Minolta subsidiary's and companies will remain operational.

Distribution of Konica Minolta products including film, single use cameras, and inkjet paper will be conducted through Phototrader Inc. and there should be no disruption of these products at the retail level. Phototrader will also be responsible for service requirements of mini-labs. They can be reached at their head office via telephone at 905-738-5222, or via email at support@phototrader.com. For more information on Phototrader Inc. please click here.

Sales and distribution of Digital/35mm cameras, film scanners, binoculars, photo meters, and their accessories will however cease in Canada. We are considering the sale of these items through this website in the near future. Please re-visit this website for additional information on this development.

For digital camera support please call 1-877-462-4464 or click here. For driver and software downloads, please click here.

For camera servicing and/or repairs we have recognized Zoomtron as our Full-service Authorized Service Centre, including servicing of Digital SLR cameras. Currently located in Montreal they will be opening an additional facility in Mississauga. Repairs can continue to be sent to our facility in Mississauga until further notice.

Any repairs required to your existing equipment can be sent to either of these two locations:

Zoomtron
1170 Beaulac Street
St-Laurent, QC H4R 1R7
Tel. 514-333-0004
Email: zoomtron@qc.aibn.com

Zoomtron
c/o 1329 Meyerside Drive
Mississauga, ON L5T 1C9
Tel. 905-670-7722

While we have made every attempt to execute these transitions with minimal disruptions we thank you for your patience in the event your responses are delayed.

Please be aware that the closure of the Photo Imaging division does not affect the sales and distribution from the Business Solutions Group. Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) Ltd. is a successful, profitable organization that is dedicated to providing its customers with complete solutions for their document creation, production, and management needs. Konica Minolta provides the essentials of imaging to companies and organizations ranging from the small office/home office to large production operations with its full line of digital colour and black & white printers/copiers, multifunctional peripherals, desktop laser printers, plain-paper facsimile machines, and software and network solutions.