Konica Minolta Partners with NAPL as Platinum Level Supplier and Sponsor of 2011 NAQP/NAPL Owners Conference

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Partnership with NAPL Supports Continued Education and Research in Digital Imaging Industry

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“It’s partnerships with highly regarded leading companies like Konica Minolta that allow us to continue delivering the highest quality products, services and information to today’s business leaders.”

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 announces a new level of partnership with the National Association of Printing Leadership (NAPL) as a Platinum Level Supplier within the NAPL Elite Supplier Partnership Program. As part of this enhanced partnership, Konica Minolta will sponsor the 2011 Owners Conference hosted by the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP) and NAPL in Chicago, September 8-10, immediately prior to GRAPH EXPO 2011.

The 2011 Owners Conference is the only industry-wide event dedicated exclusively to small and mid-size commercial and quick printing businesses. This event will give attendees a unique opportunity to learn more about Konica Minolta’s industry leading technology and speak with key Konica Minolta representatives that support the NAPL community. As a primary element of the Platinum Level partnership, Konica Minolta will also sponsor the development of the NAPL Digital Services Study. This comprehensive analysis will uncover the status of digital services (variable-content digital printing, one-to-one marketing, web-to-print, wide format) and address areas including: staffing for digital; biggest benefits and disappointments of digital; and how digital services affect revenue, client retention, workflow, job turn times, pricing and profitability.

“Thanks to Konica Minolta’s generous support, we are able to provide vital research and data regarding the digital services sector of the industry,” said NAPL President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph P. Truncale, Ph.D. “It’s partnerships with highly regarded leading companies like Konica Minolta that allow us to continue delivering the highest quality products, services and information to today’s business leaders.”

"NAPL’s outstanding and relevant informational content, training curriculum and consulting services continue to enhance operational and profitability performance within their member community and by taking our partnership to the next level, we support the continued advancement of these goals,” said Fred Winckler, Director, Corporate Accounts - Franchise Print Segment, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “We look forward to the Owners Conference as another means for reaching out to our valuable customers as we demonstrate how they can count on Konica Minolta to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry.”

Founded in 1933, NAPL is a management education and industry research leader. NAPL members can take advantage of unique management development programs, industry trends research and educational resources to put proven best business practices to work in their company to enhance their management effectiveness to reach greater levels of profitability.

For more information about the 2011 Owners Conference, contact Kitchen at (678) 594-0048, Ext. 104, or kkitchen(at)napl(dot)org.

Learn more about Konica Minolta’s partnership with NAPL at GRAPH EXPO 2011, the year's largest graphic communications exhibition and educational conference, which runs September 11-14 at McCormick Place South in Chicago. To schedule a personal tour of the Konica Minolta Booth (#2227) and/or an executive interview, please contact Rachel Reed at rachel.reed(at)kmbs(dot)konicaminolta(dot)us .

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. Konica Minolta was named the 2009 Supplier of the Year by both the Allegra Network and the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP), as well as received the Sales Support Award from Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. For more information on our award-winning technologies, please visit http://www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

About NAPL
NAPL is a not-for-profit business management association representing companies in the $80+ billion commercial printing and graphic communications industry in North America. NAPL’s comprehensive slate of business-building solutions provides company leaders with the management tools they need to make informed business decisions in an ever-changing market environment. It addresses the unique concerns of small printers through the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP). For more information on NAPL, visit http://www.napl.org or call (800) 642-6275.

Konica Minolta Contact
Rachel Reed
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
rachel.reed(at)kmbs(dot)konicaminolta(dot)us

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

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