Konica Minolta Receives Multiple ‘Pick’ Awards from BLI

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bizhub Color MFPs Recognized in Several Categories and for Outstanding Energy Efficiency

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Outstanding 31- to 40-ppm A3/Ledger Color MFP

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 Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI) has awarded Konica Minolta three 2009 Fall “Pick” Awards for the bizhub® C360/C280/C220 Series of Color MFPs in the A3/Ledger Color MFP segments, as well as awarded an "Outstanding Achievement Award" for Konica Minolta's bizhub C552 Color MFP with Emperon Controller for outstanding energy efficiency.

BLI's semi-annual awards present special recognition in each category to those products that provided the most outstanding performances in BLI’s exhaustive lab tests. BLI recognized Konica Minolta with the following awards:

bizhub C360 – “Pick” award winner for “Outstanding 31- to 40-ppm A3/Ledger Color MFP”
bizhub C280 – “Pick” award winner for “Outstanding 21- to 30-ppm A3/Ledger Color MFP”
bizhub C220 – "Pick” award winner for “Outstanding 21- to 30-ppm A3/Ledger Color MFP”
bizhub C552 with Emperon® Controller – “Outstanding Achievement for Energy Efficiency in the 41- to 50-ppm A3/Ledger Color MFP category”

MFP and Environmental Testing
BLI’s twice-a-year “Picks” assess reliability in terms of the service and preventive maintenance calls required. Its comprehensive evaluation includes an assessment of copy and print quality, productivity, ease of use and economy, as well as connectivity issues such as feedback to workstations, administration utilities, print drivers, multitasking and scanning solutions.

As part of the environmental testing, BLI measures the energy consumed by document imaging products in all operating modes as well as in energy-save, idle and sleep modes. In addition to reporting on a range of other environmental related features such as runability with various grades of paper, the reports include a projected energy consumption and cost based on real-world usage for each product segment.

"The bizhub C360/C280/C220 Series offers exceptional ease of use and strong productivity in key test areas, and also proved highly reliable, making a strong case for these devices to be considered the best in business color for Fall 2009,” said George Mikolay, BLI Senior Editor, A3/Copier MFPs. “As the focus on energy efficiency grows, we are also proud to acknowledge the most energy efficient products based on our rigorous lab testing, and the bizhub C552 was chosen for its reliability, productivity and ease of use, in combination with being environmentally friendly.”

"These ‘Pick’ awards from BLI showcase the execution on our vision that customers can count on Konica Minolta for their entire gamut of solutions including our A3/Ledger color MFP products," said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "To also be recognized for outstanding energy efficiency means that our commitment and focus on green technologies and a healthy environment is working."

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.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook and Twitter.

Konica Minolta 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 Emperon 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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