Konica Minolta Turns Printing into Publishing with the Introduction of the Perfect Binder for the bizhub PRO C6500/C6500P Series

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New Perfect Binder Option Tackles All Full-Color Print Jobs with Ease. On Display at 2008 ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition on March 3 in Boston -– Konica Minolta Booth #916.

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We’re confident that more production print organizations will have the capacity to print higher value jobs because of the perfect binder’s introduction into the marketplace.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today unveiled the perfect binder finishing option for the bizhub PRO™ C6500/C6500P Series. The new perfect binder option (PB-501), which is the latest addition to Konica Minolta’s range of finishing options, allows these workhorse production print machines to handle everything from full-color company reports to paperback books and technical manuals

Developed by Konica Minolta, the perfect binder works with a hot-melt gluing technology that ensures high reliability for perfect binding, whether the book is 10-sheets or hundreds of pages in length. The results are impressive – sheets are so securely bound that manuals, handbooks and reports still hold after significant wear and tear. The PB-501 works with the bizhub PRO C6500/C6500P Series to provide high-speed output of up to 65 color pages per minute, to help print production environments stay ahead of heavy workloads and tight deadlines.

“With the introduction of our perfect binder finishing option into the marketplace, Konica Minolta has essentially redefined publishing by allowing the bizhub PRO C6500/C6500P Series to produce high-quality, full-color books,” said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, marketing and product planning, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “We’re confident that more production print organizations will have the capacity to print higher value jobs because of the perfect binder’s introduction into the marketplace.”

With the bizhub PRO C6500/C6500P series, robust internal components handle a monthly duty cycle of up to 300,000 pages, and a sophisticated air-assist paper feed system with optional internal heating and dehumidifying unit keeps even heavy coated stock running smoothly. The C6500/C6500P also offer many versatile print control options via a choice of either Fiery® or Creo® Image Controllers. With advanced color management and color matching capabilities as well as imposition, job handling and print queue control, the bizhub PRO C6500/C6500P Series is an ideal choice to reduce labor costs and increase profit for commercial printers, corporate CRDs, data centers, as well as quick printers.

Pricing and Availability
The bizhub PRO C6500 with Perfect Binder finishing option is available through Konica Minolta’s North American direct sales, authorized dealer, and value-added reseller channels. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the bizhub PRO C6500 is $45,000. The MSRP for the bizhub PRO C6500 is $45,000. The MSRP for the PB-501 Perfect Binder finishing option is $35,000.

Editor’s Note: See the bizhub PRO C6500 with Perfect Binder finishing option in action at the 2008 ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition in Konica Minolta’s booth (#916) from March 3-6, 2008. Konica Minolta will hold a press conference on March 4, 2008 at 11.00a EST in Room 54 of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, Mass. To reserve your attendance at the press conference and/or to schedule booth tours, call Rachel Reed at 781.782.5785.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (http://www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us), a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, brings together unparalleled advances in security, print quality and network integration via its award-winning line of bizhubTM multifunction products (MFPs); bizhub PROTM production printing systems; magicolor® desktop color laser printers and all-in-ones; and pageproTM monochrome desktop laser printers and all-in-ones. Konica Minolta also offers advanced software solutions, wide-format printers, microform digital imaging systems, faxes, and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, NJ, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and client support through an extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Konica Minolta Corporate Contact
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000

Konica Minolta Media Contact
Rachel Reed
Lois Paul and Partners
+1 781.782.5785

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