Konica Minolta to Preview Advanced Version of IC-304 Print Controller, a CREO Color Server, for the bizhub PRO C6500

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Version 2 of the IC-304 Print Controller to Support New Perfect Binding Finisher. Debut at 2008 ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition on March 4 in Boston –- Konica Minolta Booth #916.

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The integration of the IC-304 Controller with the recently announced perfect binder for the bizhub PRO C6500 will give Konica Minolta customers the ability to add short run book binding to their business

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, announced today that Version 2.0 of the IC-304 Print Controller for the bizhub PRO™ C6500 color production print system will be previewed at the 2008 ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition. Based on CREO Color Server technology, this optional print controller will offer Konica Minolta customers complete support for the newly announced perfect binding finisher for the bizhub PRO C6500, as well as high-quality image and color control, advanced remote tools, VDP support and ease-of-use. Version 2.0 of the IC-304 Print Controller will support both entry-level and production versions of the award-winning bizhub PRO C6500 system.

Advanced Finisher Support
Version 2.0 of the IC-304 Print Controller will provide support for the Konica Minolta PB-501 inline perfect binding finisher. This print controller is tightly integrated with the bizhub PRO C6500 system which makes perfect binding a simple, continuous operation from automated imposition to printing the spines and binding the finished product. This will give Konica Minolta customers the unique opportunity to offer their clients perfect binding as a high-quality, high-value option.

Color Control Enhancements
The IC-304 Print Controller now provides the ability to more accurately reproduce specific RGB, gray and CMYK combinations of text with better color fidelity and consistency. Print service providers can protect their customers’ logos or special colors and achieve better color fidelity within and between jobs.

“The integration of the IC-304 Controller with the recently announced perfect binder for the bizhub PRO C6500 will give Konica Minolta customers the ability to add short run book binding to their business,” said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, marketing and product planning, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Selecting this latest version of the IC-304 Print Controller will give Konica Minolta customers the powerful color quality that CREO technology is renowned for and the ability to expand their business with a single decision.”

Editor’s Note: See the bizhub PRO C6500 with Version 2.0 of the IC-304 Print Controller in action at the 2008 ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition in Konica Minolta’s booth (#916) from March 4-6, 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., Inc.
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 multifunctional 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, 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.

About the Print On-Demand Solutions Group
The Print On-Demand Solutions group is an independent unit within Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group that develops and supports high-performance CREO Digital Color Servers for a range of digital printers and presses. It also develops advanced on-demand applications to enable the creation of personalized direct mail, targeted catalogs, and other powerful one-to-one marketing communications tools. For additional information about the Print On-Demand Solutions group, go to: http://www.pod-wf.com

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

PODS Corporate Contact
Mooki Talby
Print On-Demand Solutions Group
+1 551.404.7919

Konica Minolta is a trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. bizhub PRO is a trademark of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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