Konica Minolta Wins Prestigious Energy Conservation Award from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

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bizhub C650/C550 MFPs Receive Energy Conservation Grand Prize for Low Power Consumption

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Konica Minolta is committed to making our products environmentally friendly during the manufacturing process, distribution and ultimately the use of our printers and MFPs

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 its bizhub C650 and bizhub C550 color multifunctional products (MFPs -- print, copy, fax and scan all in one system) have won a highly prestigious energy conservation award from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The award -- known officially as the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Director-General's Award -- is validation that Konica Minolta continues to produce MFPs and printers that reduce environmental impact. For example, Konica Minolta's proprietary Simitri™ Polymerized Toner has a lower melting point, and it also boasts an induction heating fixing process that applies inductive heating only to the fixing roller surface, which reduces warm-up time. The bizhub™ C650/C550 systems both provide optimal power control in each operating mode.

"Konica Minolta is committed to making our products environmentally friendly during the manufacturing process, distribution and ultimately the use of our printers and MFPs," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, marketing and product planning, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Konica Minolta takes this commitment very seriously throughout the entire product lifecycle, and is honored that Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has recognized us as a key participant in this important cause."

Konica Minolta takes significant steps to minimize environmental impact through each stage of a product's entire lifecycle, including disposal. In the spirit of this effort, Konica Minolta has been producing office imaging equipment that either meets or exceeds the Energy Star specifications since 1995.

Last year, a new Energy Star standard for office imaging equipment went into effect. This new specification calls for even tougher energy guidelines for efficient operation and maximum productivity for digital office machines. With last year's introduction of the next-generation line of bizhub MFPs -- including the bizhub C650/C550 systems -- Konica Minolta is already exceeding this new specification. For example, the bizhub C650/C550 systems incorporate the latest energy saving technologies including IH (Induction Heating) fixing and a high-efficiency supply circuitry. This helps to maintain kilowatt hour usage far below the new maximum weekly consumption limit outlined in the Energy Star program's rigorous international guidelines for energy efficient products; and does so without sacrificing features or productivity.

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
jnorberto@kmbs.konicaminolta.us

Konica Minolta Media Contact
Bethany LoMonaco
Lois Paul and Partners
+1 781.782.5836
Bethany_LoMonaco@lpp.com

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

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