Konica Minolta announced plans to splits its LA Business division (who is in charge of OLED lighting and new functional materials) into a new subsidiary which will be called Konica Minolta Opto (KMOT). This split will be effective by April 2012.

KM says that the split will aid their ventures to accelerate OLED lighting commercialization. They hope that this move will also optimize its facilities and staff resources.

Back in November 2011, Konica Minolta starting shipping sample OLED panels under the Symfos brand. These OLEDs use all-phosphorescent emitters (KM is using Universal Display's PHOLED technology) and offers 45 lm/W. This is the same panel that Philips is offering (the Lumiblade Plus). In fact Philips is producing this panel for Konica Minolta, as was announced in July 2011.