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Konica Minolta to boost Malaysian output as trade war rages

Japanese maker to produce 60% of printers in country as it shifts from China

Production of Konica Minolta multifunction printers is currently split evenly between Malaysia and China. (Photo by Toru Hatano)

MELAKA, Malaysia -- Konica Minolta will shift more multifunction printer production to Malaysia as the Japanese electronics maker looks to lessen dependence on its Chinese operations, which have been hit by the U.S.-China trade war.

Atsuo Takemoto, general manager of Konica Minolta's manufacturing unit, said the company wants to make 60% of its multifunction printers in Malaysia and 40% in China. Production of the printers is currently split evenly between the two countries.

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