Konica Minolta Receives Four 2009 Good Design Awards

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Konica Minolta's Color Multifunctional Printers and Monochrome Digital Presses Recognized for Outstanding Design

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Earning recognition for our award-winning lines of color MFPs and monochrome digital presses highlights our leadership as a global technology innovator

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 announced that the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO), the organization involved in the comprehensive global promotion of design, has awarded four 2009 Good Design Awards to the Konica Minolta Technology Center in the Network/Business and Public Sector Computers, Peripherals Category, including:

  • bizhub® C652/C552/C452 Series and bizhub C360/C280/C220 Series of color multifunctional printers (MFPs – print, copy, fax, scan all-in-one system)
  • bizhub PRO® 1200/1200P/1051 Series of monochrome digital presses

Based in Tokyo, the Konica Minolta Technology Center actively develops unique and cutting-edge technologies that will expand the world of imaging, on the basis of proprietary materials, optical, nano-fabrication and imaging technologies. Phosphorescent materials and OLED devices are examples of the notable development activities underway with potential for use in various applications. Konica Minolta’s core technologies are being applied in the development of many next-generation display components and ubiquitous imaging equipment.

JIDPO receives approximately 3,000 submissions from more than 1,000 companies and designers every year for the Good Design Awards and selects those that demonstrate only the most distinguished quality and design integrity. Submissions are screened by nearly 70 design experts, who select those designs that help build prosperous lives and encourage sound industrial development as part of a campaign to brighten and enrich society through design.

"Earning recognition for our award-winning lines of color MFPs and monochrome digital presses highlights our leadership as a global technology innovator,” said Kevin Kern, Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "This worldwide acknowledgment represents our continued commitment to a broad customer base and to providing the necessary means for customers to count on Konica Minolta for ongoing innovation and design quality."

Offering streamlined jobs, cost effectiveness and enhanced security features, the bizhub C652/C552/C452 Series and bizhub C360/C280/C220 Series of color MFPs were selected based on several design features including the liquid-crystal operating panel. The bizhub PRO 1200/1200P/1051 Series of monochrome digital presses demonstrated unique design features such as the smooth lines of exterior covers that expressed a clear-cut concept with almost no design limitations.

For more information on the Good Design Awards, please visit http://www.g-mark.org/english.

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop. For the second consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. For more information, please visit http://www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.us.

About the Good Design Awards
Founded in 1957, the Good Design Awards (generally known as the “G-Mark system”) is Japan's only comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system. Having built a foundation to nurture Japan’s industry and design, the Good Design Awards now accepts submissions from around the world and has earned a reputation for being a prestigious trademark for outstanding design and quality. Good Design Awards have been presented to 34,000 products to date. For more information, please visit http://www.g-mark.org/english/archive/2009/outline.html.

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

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

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